Sunday, 7 February 2010

Rain Means Snails!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 06:02:2010:

Guarding the Rockmelons

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 9.8C
Lowest Max 28.1C
Highest Max 35.6C
6mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Some more rain and very humid conditions! Relatively cool conditions for February!

There was enough rain to bring out the Snails!

Propagation:
Potting up:
Red Choi, Purple Flowered Choy, Celtuce, Tatsoi and Lettuces into punnets as Mixed Greens
Red Choi
Romanesco Broccoli
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Nutri-Bud Broccoli
Lacinato Kale
Thousand Headed Kale
Red Ribbed Dandelion
Ethiopian Cabbage
Violet Sicilian Cauliflower
Mini Cauliflower
Rainbow Mix Silverbeet
Ageratum
Sweet William

New in the Garden This week:


My Gardenate email arrived early in the week to help plan this month's seed planting. I follow the Cool Mountain chart from now on as I prepare for our frosty winter growing period. If you visit the site Here and choose you zone (for Australia, New Zealand and UK), sign up, (for free) and they email the chart you need early each month!


In preparation for Autumn planting
I've tested the soil pH in each of the Wicking Beds.
All measured between 6.5 and 7.5
Minimal amendments are needed.

100% germination with the peas I planted last week! The Golden Beetroot that was potted on are thriving too. They have been planted into loo roll holders to encourage longer roots ready for planting into the Wicking Beds. Their roots will be able to reach the damp zone straight away and I won't have to water from the surface as I do when I plant seeds.

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.
Amaranth Leaf***56g
Carrots Chantenay Red-cored***289g
Ceylon Spinach***10g
Eggplant Casper***87g
Parsnip Hollow Crown***182g
Pumpkin Baby Blue***242g
Parcel & Sea Celery Mix***7g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix***99g
Tomatoes Roma***432g
Blackberry Thornless***533g
Mulberry Black***1463g

Eggs
24 from the Farmyard Ferals

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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