Sunday, 3 January 2010

The New Year Begins

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 2:01:2010:

The Greens in the Wicking Boxes grew well in the heat
so hopefully we will have some fresh greens soon!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 11.3C

Lowest Max 24C

Highest Max 38C

No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
As it warmed up this week we had 3 days of over 36 degrees but the cool change on Friday night brought relief but no rain.
Extra shade was attached to the western sides of growing beds as well as over any newly planted or emerging seedlings.

The heat sparked a growth spurt in the Comfrey
which seems to enjoy life under the 75% shadecloth cover.
You can see the sun scorch on the older leaves.

Rockmelons also put on growth
and the Gourd seedlings took off,
safe with their little protectors in place.

Cosmos 'Seashell Mix' Cosmos bipinnatus
Beetroot Golden Detroit Beta vulgaris
Mangelwurzel Beta vulgaris
These went into punnets and pots in the propagation area under shadecloth.

Potting up:
Into punnets:
Lettuce Gold Rush
Basil Lettuce Leaf
Basil sweet Genovese
Kale Morton's Mix
Kale Squire

Put under 75% shadecloth until settled,
then moved to 50% shade.

Potted on:

Strawberry Guava
(seedlings from the home saved seed!)

Basil Lettuce Leaf
Malabar Spinach -
green and red stemmed

Free from the Garden:
Dug up seedling Catmint Nepeta mussinii plants that were popping up in the Strawberry tank bed.
Collected Tagasaste seeds from the popping pods!
Borage is sprouting in the Dog Pen Beds, I use these seedlings as mulch around the tomato plants there.
Borage was listed on Food'n'Stuff's Dynamic Accumulators post recently!
The list suggests it is an accumulator of Sulphur and Potassium.

New in the Garden This week:

This years Trees For Life plantings
sprout new seedlings with each cool change!

The Old Man Saltbush
I'm growing on for the Community Garden
has taken off after the addition
of some slow release native plant food!

Rockmelons are volunteering in Bed 1
in the Main Vegetable Garden.

Cucumbers (Marketmore) nearly ready!

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.
Apricots***4980g all dried.

10 from the Farmyard Ferals
0 from the Ginger Girls
1 from Blackie

Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum in bloom
in the Strawberry Tank Bed.

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


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