Monday, 18 January 2010

Time For A Cool Change

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 16:01:2010:

Burdock Arctium lappa in flower.
The plants have struggled against grasshopper attack
but now in their second season have decided to flower.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 10.2C
Lowest Max 26C
Highest Max 40.3C

1.5mm Rain

What's the Weather been like in the Garden?
Sunday and Monday saw us cooking with temperatures of 40C but during Tuesday the cool change crept in, slowly lowering the temperature to just 20C by 3pm!
The skies were dark but the promised thunderstorms didn't arrive and we ended up with a mere 1.5mm of rain! cry

During Tuesday I removed the extra shade around the garden and uncovered some of the beds to allow the "rain" in. These were left off for a day or so but by Thursday the temp was around 30C and the covers went back over.

Propagation:
Planting out:

Leaf Amaranth
Cucumber Green Gem
Shallots
Into Tank Bed 1 in the Main Veg Garden The steel mesh is to allow the cucumbers to climb and also to allow shadecloth to be put in place during extreme heat.

Potting up:

Basil Lettuce Leaf and Genovese
Kale Mixed Morton
Silverbeet
Parcel
Leaf Amaranth
Cucumber Green Gem
Other pots were tidied and cleaned ready for the market stall.

Cuttings/Division:
NZ Spinach Tetragonia tetragonoides (request from the markets)
Egyptian Tree Onions (Walking or Topset Onion) Allium proliferum
Golden Shallots Allium cepa var. aggregatum that were dug up from the edge of the Tank Bed 1.

The curious bulbils that grow on the top
of the flower stalks of the Egyptian Tree Onions
(Walking or Topset Onion) Allium proliferum.
If left in place they will bend to the ground and take root.

What's around the Garden This week:

We harvested over 5kgs of Red Onions (some of which are destined to be dried).
The Wicking Bed they were in at the rear of the Kitchen Garden will now be cleared and topped up with 'chook run' compost/soil.
This bed will be covered with net curtaining once this years brassica planting (mainly Kale) goes in.

The Silverbeet and Lettuces in the Wicking Boxes are be ready for picking, the chookies have already had some of the trimmings.

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.
Onions Red***5500g
Potatoes Kennebec***389g

Eggs
9 from the Farmyard Ferals
5 from the Ginger Girls (only 2 left now)
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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