Monday, 25 January 2010

Rockmelons and a Broody Chook!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 23:01:2010:

Rockmelons
The bees are pollinating the flowers
and the fruits are setting!
This small variety of melon of locally saved seed
(just big enough for the two of us)
seems to be enjoying growing up the fence!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 6.5C

Lowest Max 22.7C

Highest Max 39.5C

No Recorded Rainfall


What's the weather been like in the garden?
After the cool start to the week the temperature climbed over 35C for three days before another cool change on Friday night made conditions bearable again!
Still no sign of any rain!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Autumn Planting.
See full Listing Here

Cuttings/Division:
Egyptian (Tree or Walking) Onions

New in the Garden This week:

I've re-built the small display box for the Wicking Bed System.
We've used a small plastic aquarium from the cheapo shop.
It has a full sized drain pipe in to replicate the in ground beds (where all this is hidden from view).
As the poly pipe tube is filled with water you can see the lower section fill and then see the water slowly 'wick' up to the growing area above.
This growing area is made up of good potting mix with coir and a good helping of worm filled castings from the worm farm.
Planted up with greens then mulched with straw from the chook run!
This simply explains the process of the Wicking Sytem to people on tours to the garden.



The tray of Brassica seedling punnets has been added to some growing Kale seedlings on a bench over which I have made a net curtain cage/cover. The Cabbage White Butterflies will lay their eggs on the tiny seedlings and their larvae can destroy the emerging seedlings quickly. This net keeps them out and allows the seedlings to grow free from attack!

The Solanums are slowly producing fruit
here the Eggplants - Casper and Long Purple
are fruiting on Bed 1
and I'm slowly picking Romas from Bed 2

In the Farmyard Feral chook run Ms Blackie
is in the Broody Cage again
and is not a happy chookie about it either!

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 ***198g
Silverbeet***241g
Tomato Roma***27g

Eggs
12 from the Farmyard Ferals
Old Blackie and the 2 Ginger Girls have gone into summer holiday mode and are not laying at the moment! rolleyes

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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