Monday, 11 January 2010

10kgs of Apricots!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 10:01:2010:

We have finally found a use for those noisy Galahs
that wake us up at 5am!
This is one of many
who are weeding the Community Garden block,
they dig up the bulbs and eat them!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 6.5C
Lowest Max 31.7C
Highest Max 40.2C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Temps have been up around 35C and above most of the week. That makes very early morning starts a necessity if you want to get anything done outside!

Propagation:
Potting up/on:
Amaranth - Leaf
Lettuce Gold Rush
Basil sweet Genovese
Parcel
Into punnets as they germinated so they didn't get too crowded and dry out in the heat.

Cuttings/Division:
Lamb's Ears were divided and potted up coz they were growing over the pathway and getting in Doc's way.

What's around the Garden This week:
Lot's of extra shade during the 40C (104F) heat see this post

The new chookies have made their way through
one bale of straw, so this has been raked up
and spread around the Dog Pen Garden beds
and in the Almond area!

The chicks are growing up fast and have stopped chirping and now make 'real chook' noises! We have started to let them out into the orchard when it's in shade and they busily dig and scratch around and pick up any fallen fruit. biggrin

Sunflowers are, as always, a welcome sight in the garden.
I didn't plant any this year
so I'm just enjoying the volunteers, as are the bees!

Just on 10kgs of Apricots have all been picked and dried,
so we took the net off and left the rest to the Wattlebirds.
They cleared them up in a couple of days!

We re-used the netting over the Plum tree
next to the Apricot!

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
Cucumber Marketmore***178g
Apricots***5030g
Figs***304g

Eggs:
10 from the Farmyard Ferals
0 from the Ginger Girls
0 from Blackie

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

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