Sunday, 4 April 2010

More Purple! Now it's Garlic!!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 03:04:2010:

I forgot to harvest these Red Onions in the Pathside Edge Bed in the Kitchen Garden. They have re-sprouted tender new growth which I pick (just the leaves) and use as Green Onions in salads etc.
Easier than establishing spring onions. biggrin

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 7C
Lowest Max 24C
Highest Max 29.2C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
We had drizzle all day last Sunday but not enough to register a reading in the rain gauge! Since then we have had beautiful clear Autumnal days and the nights are getting cooler.
Daylight saving ends this weekend which tends to mark the end of the hot weather here as we head into winter.
The sacred Weather Charts give us a high chance of rain this week...we shall see!

Planting out:
Garlic Monaro Purple (Italian) from Select Organic

In the Garden This week:

The last of the Casper Eggplants have been picked
and the plants removed from Bed 1.
This will allow for some Silverbeet to be planted
after the soil/compost has been topped up.

The garlic bed with shoots emerging already!

A trench was dug in the ground at the base and next to the Fence Wicking Bed in the Main Vegetable Garden.
Into the trench went some old chook manure, then the soil replaced and rock minerals and blood and bone were added.
Inline dripper hose was attached into the watering system. As this has drippers spaced every 15cms a clove of Garlic (Monaro Purple) was placed at each outlet. Easy! mrgreen

The back Pergola area has been cleared, cleaned and we now have plans for some food growing tubs to be placed in the area. These will hold herbs for the BBQ and greens for inside use. Placed just outside the back door (and Kitchen) they will be easily harvested in any weather.

This Perpetual Spinach plant is now in it's third year... just keeps coming back! razz

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.
Capsicum- Hungarian Yellow Wax***576g
Eggplant- Casper***530g
Zucchini- Black***806g

Apple- Golden Delicious***2313g
Apple- Jonathon***1512g
Watermelon- Sugarbaby***1526g

Plus a mixture of leafy greens for stirfries and salads including:
Chervil, Garlic Chives, Kale, Lettuce, Mangel-wurzel leaves, Parsley, Perpetual Spinach, Red Choi, Silverbeet, Tatsoi.

10 from the Farmyard Ferals
8 from the Barnevelders (2 are now laying)

Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts regarding Luckydog.

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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