Monday, 19 April 2010

The Faverolles First Egg!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 17:04:2010:

The smallest of the Faverolles
gave us their first egg this week!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 2.5C
Lowest Max 19.7C
Highest Max 26.8C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
The mornings are getting quite chilly. The lowest minimum temperature this week was 2.5C cold enough for a touch of ice on the car windows. I have moved any frost sensitive plants into shelter.

Any young plants that need extra warmth have been put into the hothouse.
That hothouse doesn't have heating in it but does have quite a few plastic containers (mostly 5 litres) filled with water. The water within them holds enough heat (thermal mass) overnight to keep the temperature above 0C most of the time. If a severe frost is forecast I use extra covers inside over the plants or put plastic tarps up over the windows.


Potting up/on:
Broccoli Romanesco and Nutri Bud
Celery Tendercrisp
Kale Lacinato
Parsley Italian and Curl Leaf
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed
Coriander slow bolt
Sage Common
Grandfather Sage Salvia apiana
Violets Blue and Pink

Arctotis Daisy Yellow

In the Garden This week:

In the Main Veg Garden I wasn't intending to cover Bed 1 but with the chilly nights and mornings I needed to protect the still fruiting Eggplants and Capsicums. I found an old row cover in the store shed. It doesn't quite fit over the hoops but it will be enough to protect the plants for a while longer.

The wonderful sunny autumn days have seen the summer flowers putting on a last show.

Pink Seashell Cosmos

Zinnia with Meadow Argus Butterfly
Junonia villida calybe

Bees are making the most of these late flowers too.

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.
Beet Greens***56g
Beetroot Heirloom Mixture***467g
Capsicum King of the North***98g
Kale Mixed leaves***141g
Mangelwurzel leaves***480g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix***130g

Apple- Golden Delicious***3208g

22 From the Farmyard Ferals
11 From the Barnevelders
2 From the Faverolles mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

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


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