Monday, 28 December 2009

Last Garden Log for 2009

Scarecrow's Log: 27:12:2009:

The Cherries have been eaten, dried
and frozen for future use!


Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8C
Lowest Max 26.2C
Highest Max 39C
0.5mm Rain

What's happening in the garden?

Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium is flowering. It's sad that it apparently repels bees. So I don't plant it where I want the bees to help with pollination!

Some of Doc's Gourds have been attacked by slaters! On a recent Gardening Australia Josh Byrne said to try putting pots (with the bottoms cut out) over the seedlings to protect them. So I did! mrgreen It's working so far.
Read more hints from Josh in this Fact Sheet.

A few of the Blue Lake Beans
are climbing up the mesh cover on Bed 3
and are starting to flower!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Cucumber Green Gem
Tomato Burnley Bounty
These went into small pots
Gourds Dancing/Spinning (to replace the ones the slaters ate)
Beans Purple King top up planting in Bed 1
Zucchini Black (replacements for seedlings the grasshoppers ate!)
Beans Soy Centaur
Sweetcorn Anasazi
These went into the Wicking beds in the Dog Pen Garden

Planting out:
Alpine Strawberries Fragaria vesca
Warrigal Greens Tetragonia tetragonoides
Jerusalem Artichokes Helianthus tuberosus
Nectarine tree (seedling)
These went into the Almond area which has been tidied and mulched.
Spinach - Ceylon/Malabar Basella rubra on the sides of the beds in the Main Veg Garden to allow it to climb up the arches
Yacon Polymnia sonchifolia planted in the Kitchen Garden
Silverbeet 'Rainbow Chard' and Lettuce 'Freckles' seedlings into topped up Wicking boxes on one of the propagation benches.

Cuttings:
Dusty Miller while I was hacking (ooops I mean pruning) it back! wink

New in the Garden This week:

Not in my garden but we had a surprise in the morning of Christmas Eve with a phone call to say the council would meet us at the Community Garden site to start the Earthworks! When Doc and I arrived we found a couple of visitors already there. Two ponies had escaped from the next paddock...just as well we haven't planted anything yet! eek

Mr Council Worker made a great start on levelling out and shaping the block!
Thank you!



While there we found a few critters in/on the soil nearby!
Please click on the photos to see
the spider (one of the many) and mantis we found.


The new chicks are growing fast
and still love their greens!

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.
Carrot Chantenay Red-cored***129g
Garlic***63g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***164g
Apricot***400g
Cherries***5118g
Fig***76g
Peach***757g

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

Eggs:
9 from the Farmyard Ferals
3 from the Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Solstice Greetings

It's our Summer Solstice today.
The Southworld's longest day of the year.
After today the sun begins it's journey back northward.
Our days will shorten but the heat intensifies!

We've been busy this morning picking the Cherries (over 5 kgs) and netting the Apricot and Plum trees which are next to ripen!

While we were at it we covered the Apple tree next to the Plum because the Ringneck parrots were already pecking away at the green apples!!! The apples are still months from ripening. eek

Sunday, 20 December 2009

More Sunflowers Soon!

Scarecrow's Log: 20:12:2009:

Baby Sunflowers about to bloom!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 4.4C
Lowest Max 23.6C
Highest Max 38.5C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?

Yet more shade covers...
this one over the Bushfood Bed

and this over the Grosse Lisse
Tomato Tower in the Kitchen Garden

Since their tree blew over in the front garden
the Apostlebirds have taken to perching
on the main electricity wire to the house.
eekeekeek

Propagation:
Seeds:
Amaranth - Leaf Amaranthus gangeticus
Amaranth - Grain Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Basil - Lettuce Leaf Ocimum basilicum
Basil Sweet - Genovese Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'
Celtuce - Lactuca sativa
Chicory - Coffee Stetorium intybus magdeburg
Cosmos - Sunny Yellow and mixed Cosmos bipinnatus
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis
Kale - 'Squire' Brassica oleracea Acephala Group
Kale - Moretons Mix Brassica oleracea Acephala Group
Lettuce - Goldrush Lactuca sativa
Mitsuba - Japanese wild parsley- Cryptotaenia japonica
Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum
Silverbeet - 'Rainbow Chard' - Beta vulgaris
Sunflower - Sun King Helianthus annuus

Potting up:
Plants were tidied and potted on for the market stall.

Planting out:
Tomatoes Yellow Baby Pear in the Dog Pen Garden
5 X Ginger plants in the first wicking bed I ever made (that was back in 2007 but it's has been re-vamped along the way) in the Dog Pen Garden. It's nice and shady there so they should appreciate that.

New in the Garden This week:
First flowers on the Eggplants (Casper) and Capsicums (Hungarian Yellow Wax Sweet )

First fruit set on the Roma Tomatoes

and Baby Blue Pumpkins.

That Jalapeno Chilli in the Dog Pen Garden
has re-sprouted for it's third year.

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.
Beetroot Heirloom Mix***234g
Carrot Chantenay Red-cored***122g
Onion Red***90g
Apricots***150g To test for ripeness!

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Chives, Lebanese Watercress, Onions Red Stemmed Welsh Bunching, Parsley, Shallots, Sea Parsley, Warrigal Greens (blanched).

Eggs
8 from the Farmyard Ferals
10 from the Ginger Girls
1 from Blackie

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place. Here.

New Map of Our Block

The March 2010 updated map of Scarecrow's Garden.

Map not drawn to scale! eek
we don't have monster chookies here! wink

Click on the pix to see them better! biggrin

Monday, 14 December 2009

Fruit, Shade and Straw.

Scarecrow's Log: 13:12:2009:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 3.3C

Lowest Max 19C

Highest Max 32.5C

3.5mm Rain


What's happening in the garden?

Apricots are nearly ripe...time to net the tree!

Another shade structure
to cover the Wicking Beds in the Dog Pen
- 50% white shade cloth!

Tidied the Potato Wicking Bed in the Almond Area. There are small new potatoes in there so I've mounded up some composty soil from the bottom of the chooks pergola and they are ready for a heavy mulch!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Mangelwurzel in Bed 3

Potting up:
Lettuce Freckles, Rouge de Hiver
Parsley
Lovage
Valerian
Basil
Dyers Chamomile

Planting out:
Sweet Potato
Zucchini Black
Watermelon Sugar Baby
Into the Dog Pen Beds

Sweet Potatoes in the Dog Pen Garden Bed

New in the Garden This week:

We found a source of good straw. We bought 10 bales from a retired Organic Market Gardener. 2 bales are being scratched through by the chooks ready for mulching the garden, free of seed.

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.
Carrot Chantenay Red-cored***100g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Chives, Lebanese Watercress, Onions Red Stemmed Welsh Bunching, Parsley, Shallots, Sea Parsley, Warrigal Greens (blanched).

Eggs
9 from the Farmyard Ferals
12 from the Ginger Girls
2 from Blackie

New chookie update!

It must be their French ancestry, wink
the little Faverolles love posing for the camera!

The Barnevelders show off their beautiful feathers...
...and give themselves a good preening. biggrin

Monday, 7 December 2009

Time to Tidy Up!

Scarecrow's Log: 6:12:2009:

The Goldfish!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 6.5C
Lowest Max 23C
Highest Max 30C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's happening in the garden?
I'm making the most of the cooler weather this week and taking the chance to tidy beds,

trim back overgrowth - like the lavender under the clothesline,

top up wicking beds - these two are in the Dog Pen

and move potted plants out into sunnier positions
for hardening off.

I'm training these Grosse Lisse tomatoes to grow up the fence.

I have added a hose with drippers to the compost bed.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Gourd - Dancing/Spinning
Gourd - Speckled Swan

Potting up:
Tomatoes Baby Yellow Pear
Other plants tidied and potted on for the market stall.

Planting out:
Rockmelons
Gourds
Zinnias

These went into a new Wicking bed built against the fence in the Main Veg Garden. I just happened to find a piece of wood the right size in Doc's secret stash! Some re-used plastic for the base, a rock and a couple of bricks for the ends. No pipe in the bottom of this narrow bed, just a couple of watering tubes (old dishwashing liquid containers) down to the gravelly sand layer in the base. They have drippers attached to fill the base. Easy! mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

Cuttings/Division:

I took a few pieces off a Grosse Lisse tomato as I was re-potting it for the markets, this is a quick way to increase the number of plants you have without waiting for seeds to grow.

New in the Garden This week:

We have attached a wire mesh frame over Bed 3 in the Main Vegetable Garden to allow the Blue Lake beans to climb and add some protection to the carrots and parsnips growing below. We are eating the thinnings of those carrots and parsnips, they are so sweet! cool


Summer means warmer days (they will come!)
so we found some shadecloth
and put it up in the new chicks' run.

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.
Carrots Chantenay Red-cored***103g
Garlic***50g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***50g
Red Onions***701g
Tomato Ida Gold***21g
Strawberries***30g
Loganberries***40g

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

Eggs:
9 from the Farmyard Ferals
4 from the Ginger Girls
0 from Blackie

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