Tuesday, 18 May 2010

First Frosts

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 15:05:2010:

They survived unscathed -2C on Wednesday
and -2.1C on Thursday morning...

...but -3C on Friday was just to much
for the leaves of the Sweet Potato
that were out of the cover.
The ones undercover are fine.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -3C

Lowest Max 15.1C

Highest Max 22.5C

No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?

We are getting our first frosts of the year! The first being Wednesday 12 May a low of -2C.
Considering that was the same as our lowest minimum for all of 2009 I think we are back to normal for our winters after last years very mild winter.

Friday morning's low of -3C was 7 degrees below normal for this time of year!!!

It is interesting to note that our Northworld neighbours had some nasty frosts this week too. Poor Matron had damage to her 'hardening off' tomato plants.
While over in Skippy's Garden they also had a nippy night and are hoping they have seen the last of the frosts for 2010.

Planting out:
Lettuce Red Velvet
Endive Salad King
Radish (seeds)Cherry Belle

Potting up/on:
Endive Salad King
Horseradish Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia
Sweet Appleberry Billardera cymosa

'Rusty Sage' Salvia africana lutea 'aurea'
'Silver Posy' Thyme Thymus vulgaris argenteus
Lemon Thyme Thymus x citriodorus
Orange Scented Pelargonium
Lemon Scented Pelargonium Lemon Supreme 'Marble Grey'
Jotaberry Ribes x culverwellii
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Variegated Elderberry Sambucus nigra variegata
Yellow Daisy Euryops pectinatus
More Sweet Potato cuttings just before the frosts came

I dug up some Duck Potatoes Sagittaria sagittifolia syn. Sagittaria sinensis. I didn't think they had survived the summer this year but there were quite a few tubers (although tiny). I have put them into a couple of buckets with soil and water in the hot house for winter.
Read more about growing these curious water plants here.
I have also rescued some Waterchestnuts to replant next spring.

In the Garden This week:

Lots of cuttings have been taken. Some from plants that are at risk of becoming frost damaged. Some of the cuttings have been placed in the hothouse for winter now that the frosts have arrived!

On Monday I tidied the Sweet Potato patch, added a couple of large containers of water (to retain some warmth) and covered the main growing parts with fleece.

From That To Do List:

Back Pergola:
Planted the 3 Wicking Boxes with green salad plants. Tidied the Native (Sea) Parsley Apium prostratum and Parcel that were already in the boxes.

Dog Pen Garden:
Prune back the Sweet Potato that is threatening to take over the whole garden!! The frosts are helping with this one! See above for frost protection methods.

Almond Area:
Replace tyres around Tangelo for a winter sun trap. The black tyres catch heat during the day and slowly release it at night providing a little frost protection, along with the rocks at the base of the tree.

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.
Beetroot Golden***212g
Kale Mixed***275g
Mangel-Wurzel Leaves***850g
Peas Sugarsnap***71g

Apples Red Fuji***1081g

14 From the Farmyard Ferals
14 From the Barnevelders
9 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


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