Sunday, 11 April 2010

Taking Down the Shade Covers

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 10:04:2010:

The Beet Family on Bed 5:
Mangelwurzel, Silverbeet and Golden Beetroot

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.8C

Lowest Max 21.6C

Highest Max 29.6C

10mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Rain!!! But it came with a thunderstorm on Monday night that left us with out power for 15 hours. It came back for 7 hours and then went off again for another 6 hours overnight! That storm brought us 10mm of rain. Yah!! mrgreen
More rain was forecasted during the week but we have only had drizzle again.

Onions Allium cepa
Stuttgart From The Lost Seed
Ailsa Craig from Eden Seeds
Creamgold Eden Seeds
Mini Purplette from Green Harvest
Red Onion from home saved seeds

Planting out:
Main Vegetable Garden Bed 1:

More Monaro Purple Garlic (a first for me in a wicking bed)
Ethiopian Cabbage x 2
Silverbeet Mixed Rainbow x 4
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing x 6
Celery Tendercrisp x 8
Old: Eggplants and Capsicums

Main Vegetable Garden Bed 4:

Nutri Bud Broccoli x 5
Mini Cauliflowers x 3
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum x 7
Coriander x 1
Old: Parsley x 4

Dog Pen Wicking Bed 1:

Cauliflower Mixed - Sicilian Violet, Self Blanche, Mini x 6
Celery Tendercrisp x 6
Old: Garden Sorrel x 2

NZ Spinach Tetragonia tetragonoides
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla

In the Garden This Week:

Main Vegetable Garden view from East and West

Some of the shade cloth has been removed, but most of the beds are now covered with curtains. Australian Plague Locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) are building up in numbers in the district but as yet are not present in the garden. The authorities are predicting a major outbreak in Spring. rolleyes
Smaller Wingless Grasshoppers (Phaulacridium vittatum) are at pest level though and the Cabbage White Butterflies (Pieris rapae) are still busy!

Some emergency shade cloth was put up when there was a warning off hail but the hail never arrived.

The Monaro Purple Garlic has been mulched.

I had to call on the ever helpful Doc to assist with the building of a Mini Greenhouse unit when the instructions looked a bit too blokey for me!

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***33g
Mangelwurzel leaves***231g
Kale Mixed leaves***110g
Zucchini- Black***925g

Apple- Golden Delicious***3737g
Watermelon- Sugarbaby***3188g


Some of the Farmyard Ferals now come to the gate as I approach
but they run and hide when I open it!

20 from the Farmyard Ferals
13 from the Barnevelders

Most of the new chookies now 30 weeks old,
getting bigger
and beginning to lay (2 Barnevelders so far)

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 Seed Suppliers Tab at the top of the page.


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