Sunday, 25 April 2010

Autumn Colour

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 24:04:2010:

On what is now becoming our once a year trip south to Adelaide we past the local power station. They are building more and more of these towers in the Mid North of SA. I could sit and watch these gentle giants for hours! cool

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 9.8C

Lowest Max 19C

Highest Max 29.2C

6 mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
Very warm for this time of the year. More thunderstorms on Tuesday cut roads to the south of us but only dropped 2mm on us! A change on Friday night brought more rain.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Alfalfa Medico sativa from Phoenix Seeds
Arnica Arnica chamissonis subsp. foliosa from Phoenix Seeds
Corn Salad Valerianella locusta from Phoenix Seeds
Garden Sorrel Rumex acetosa from Eden Seeds
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Bowl Mixed Lactuca sativa Mr Fothergill's (a freebie from a garden magazine)
Lettuce Gold Lactuca sativa rush from Home Saved Seeds
Miner's Lettuce Montia perfoliata from Phoenix Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense from Phoenix Seeds
Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum from STH
Seakale Crambe maritima from Phoenix Seeds

Cuttings/Division:
Potted up some Comfrey root cuttings sent to me from a friend (STH). She also sent me a swag of seeds that will be fun to test out in spring!
Cuttings from a White Mexican Sage Salvia greggi 'White'

In the Garden This week:
While I was checking 'under the curtain' of Bed 4 I noticed some damage on a couple of seedlings. I thought this could be earwigs or slaters until I looked up.



I found some small grasshoppers and quickly dispatched those to the chooks, then I spotted this sap sucking vegetable bug.



But all is not lost on closer inspection I found some allies in the form of a couple of Ladybirds and a tiny Preying Mantis.



I also spotted a Robberfly who, although a good guy of the bug world (predator), is not fussy about just what or who he eats! eek He seemed to be leaving my two friends alone so he was left too.
Obviously there are gaps in the curtain to allow some good guys and bad in but at least it is keeping the moths/butterflies out!

Many of the seeds planted early in the week have germinated during the spell of warm weather we have had.

The Red Clover, Lettuces and Garden Sorrel.

The Alfalfa Medicago sativa was germinating within 24 hours!




I went on the lookout for some colour in my mid-Autumn garden this week and found Ivy Geraniums Pelargonium peltatum, Calendulas Calendula officinalis, Plumbago Plumbago auriculata and if that wasn't enough the Grapevine leaves are turning to show their autumn glory.

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***251g
Kale Mixed leaves***150g
Mangelwurzel leaves***1005g These plants are quite prolific!
Parsley***50g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***125g

Apple- Golden Delicious***2197g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
11 From the Barnevelders
4 From the Faverolles

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

Check out the Autumn/Winter planting plan for 2010 HERE

For links to the seed suppliers check out the My Seed Suppliers Tab at the top of the page.
I have been busy adding links to the Garden Links Tab.

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