Sunday, 29 November 2009

A Second Spring???

Scarecrow's Log: 29:11:2009:

The Black Sultana Grapes on the back pergola
have survived the heat
and are filling out nicely with the rain.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.8C
Lowest Max 19.5C
Highest Max 30.4C
18mm Rain

Milder temperatures, chilly at times, with some rain and very strong winds have been a feature of this week...sounds like a second chance at spring...maybe! confused

What's happening in the garden?
We have been settling in those new little chicks.
They have had their first dust baths, love anything green and they didn't need any training to devour their daily feast of collected earwigs!!!
It's great to see these tiny little chicks jumping after the pesky grasshoppers too...I can't wait to let them loose in the veg patch. exclaim

The daily load of earwigs...

...being devoured!!!
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

The fruit trees have set fruit and it is developing well and hanging on during the strong wind storms.

No sign yet of the cherries splitting
with the rain we have been getting!

The Apples are looking good!

I have let a few Purple Dragon carrots flower
in the hope of collecting some seed from them.

The Jerusalem Artichokes along the new chook fence
are growing rapidly
and should provide some welcome shelter soon!

Propagation:
Seeds:
*Acacia aneura - Mulga from Chris at Under the Mulberry Tree in Alice Springs (thank you)
*Acacia dealbata - Silver Wattle from Cornucopia Seeds via Tully (thank you)
*Acacia decurrens - Black Wattle from Cornucopia Seeds
*Albizia julibrissin - Pink Silk Tree from Cornucopia Seeds
+Billardiera scandems - Appleberry from Outback Chef
*Cajanus cajan - Pigeon Pea from Cornucopia Seeds
Georgina's Yam from Tully
+Nitraria billardieri - Nitre Bush from Outback Chef
Ocimum tenuiflorum syn sanctum - Native Thyme from Outback Chef - this sounds more like a Basil to me wink
Psidium cattleianum var. lucidum - Cherry Guava - Yellow from Green Harvest
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant/mealy saltbush - home saved seeds
*Scaevola spinescens - Native Current Bush from Outback Chef
*Tamarindu indica - Tamarind from Green Harvest (thank you Tully )
Tasmannia lanceolata - Mountain Pepper from Outback Chef

Trees For Life planting 1 box of *Acacia hakeoides - Hakea Wattle
* = seeds were soaked overnight in just boiled water to aid germination
+ = seeds were scarified, lightly scratched with fine sandpaper to assist germination.

Planting out:
Some yellow Yarrow into the compost bed.

New in the Garden This week:
On a sad note one of our windbreak trees in the front garden came down in a wind storm last week. We had to get the power company out to re-attach the power line that was left dangling (but still connected to the house). eek
I now have to cut my way through all the branches to see if the tiny trees/shrubs recently planted below it have survived. This tree was a favourite of birds on hot days with the bath beneath it.
We shall miss it. crycrycry


A crater a metre deep has been left behind!

Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Strawberries***30g
Loganberries***100g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley.

Eggs
11 from the Farmyard Ferals
2 from the remaining 4 Ginger Girls (2 died in the heatwave cry )
2 from Blackie

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The Heat is GONE!

Scarecrow's Log: 22:11:2009:
This log covers the fortnight from 9 Nov 09 to 22 Nov 09.


The only relief to the heat last week
was a small cloud over the midday sun!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 12C

Lowest Max 19C
after the cool change
Highest Max 41.8C

37mm Rainfall


What's happening in the garden?
10 days of record (for November) heatwave (temps over 35C) conditions, where the main gardening activity was watering the thirsty plants in an effort to keep them alive.
Relief finally came with some rain!!!! mrgreen

Last weekend we picked up the Trees For Life materials for this year.
First seeds are due in this week!

The Native Rosella Hibiscus heterophyllus
survived through the heat
and has now flowered.

The heat has made the cherries colour up so quickly
that we had to net the tree!

The Loganberries survived the heat well
in their wicking bed and are ripening nicely.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Popped in some Climbing Bean - Blue Lake and Red Lima - seeds to replace some the slaters and/or grasshoppers have stolen! evil

Planting out:
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
Queensland Arrowroot Canna edulis
Into the bed in the compost area.

Eggplants - Long Purple and Casper
Capsicum - Hungarian Yellow Wax Sweet
Planted into Bed 1 in the Main Veg Garden

Cuttings:
Pink Violets
Loganberry (because a piece came off when I picked some wink )

New in the Garden This week:


Saturday morning we picked up the new chicks!

5 Faverolles

5 Barnevelders

It's good to see them get stuck into their work
at such a young age!



The Barnevelders love lucerne straight off the plant...
...this poor plant has been caged to re-grow!

They are around 10 weeks old, still chirping
and already more friendly
than those crazy Farmyard Feral chooks...
...who have now decided to go broody,
well 3 of them have! rolleyes

Harvest Tally: 9/11 to 22/11:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
It was too hot to be picking much at all!
Strawberries***125g
Loganberries***Just for testing their ripeness Yummy! mrgreen
Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley.

Eggs for the fortnight
:
30 from the Farmyard Ferals
7 from the Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Heat is On...

Scarecrow's Log: 8:11:2009:

...and it isn't even summer yet!
eekeekeek

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 3.4C
Lowest Max 19.8C
Highest Max 36.8C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

With the heat on it's way the shade covers are up, we use 50% white shade cloth on the vegetable beds as it allows enough light through for flowering but cuts the heat. We left the main cover loose so we can move it as the sun goes over. The newly planted seedlings will need all the help they can get this week.
Sugarcane mulch has been applied, now all we have to do is get through this week or as long as this heat lasts! sad

Propagation:
Seeds:

Kakai Pumpkin seeds saved from last year.
These are a hull-less seeded variety.
They germinated quickly in the hot weather.

Planting out:

Cucumber Marketmore seedlings in Tank Bed a

Seedlings of Basil Genovese planted on Bed 2
with the Roma tomatoes

Potting up:
Cuttings of Sage - Golden Salvia officinalis variegata and Purple Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea', Yellow Yarrow Achillea millefolium, Clove Pinks Dianthus caryophyllus, Mints - Moroccan Mentha spicata subsp. spicata and Egyptian Mentha niliaca

Cuttings/Division:
Plumbago auriculata

Around the Garden this week:

Red Drumhead Cabbages

Red Lima Beans slowly emerging in Tank Bed a

Blue Lake Climbing Beans in Bed 3

Mauve Pigface

Kamut wheat heads,
pity those farmyard ferals
didn't leave more than a few plants for us. rolleyes

The Cherries are colouring up already!!

Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Asparagus***150g
Beetroot Detroit Red Globe***1249g (Doc has pickled this)
Broad Beans Early Long Pods & Coles Early Dwarf***124g
Onions Red***200g
Strawberries***86g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley.

Eggs
23 from the Farmyard Ferals
4 from the Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

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