Sunday, 14 March 2010

Red Sky in the Morning...

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 13:03:2010:

Last Sunday morning's fiery sky
bought a welcome 7 mm of rain! mrgreen

Temperatures this week:

Lowest Min 4.9C
Lowest Max 17C
Highest Max 28C
7mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Sunday not only brought rain but also an almost wintry blast with a top of only 17C. Cooler days during the week with chilly mornings down to 4.9C Brr!!


Propagation:
Potting up:



Strawberry Guava that were started from seed in Spring.
Tidied up the hot house and getting ready for some more winter experiments.



Seedlings of Tomato Silvery Fir Tree and Burnley Bounty
Eggplants Casper and Long Purple

Into punnets:
Kale Lacinato
Kale Thousand Headed
Poppies

Planting out:

In the Main Vegetable Garden
Kale Thousand Headed in Tank Wicking Bed a
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian in Tank Wicking Bed b
Broccoli Romanesco in Tank Wicking Bed c
Into Bed 5 (re-built wicking bed):
Beetroot Golden Detroit
Mangelwurzel
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix
Mitsuba Cryptotaenia japonica

Cuttings:

Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
Muntries Kunzea pomifera
Native Pear (Cynanchum floribundum ? I won't know for sure until it flowers)

Division:


Dug up a few pieces off the Native Lemongrass Cymbopogon ambiguus for propagation. This died back last winter so I've put them in the hot house.

In the Garden This week:




Re-built Wicking Bed 5 in the Main Vegetable Garden.
I was planning on just putting a higher edge of galvanised iron around the bed but I found that one side had a star picket driven through the plastic! No wonder it had never worked very well as a wicking bed.
When I removed the slotted drainage pipe at the base of the bed I found that it was not clogged at all.
I used new builders plastic to line the base put the drainage hose back and filled the base with a gravelly sand mix.
We chose to edge this bed with iron as the bed next to this one has shadecloth over mesh sides and I have noticed that the bed dries out far too quickly in summer whereas the other beds with iron edging don't.

Something that isn't a good sign...
3 of these little terrors (Locusts) where seen
hanging around the veg garden. evil
Fortunately they took off into the chook run!!
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

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***85g
Capsicum- Hungarian Yellow Wax***15g
Tomato- Ida Gold***85g
Zucchini- Black***730g
Zucchini- Golden***507g
Strawberries***28g

Eggs
17 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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