Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Late Autumn Harvest

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 22:05:2010:

Wednesday's Late Autumn Harvest
Greens -Mangel-wurzel Leaves, Mixed Kale,
Golden Beet and Parsley,
Lima Beans, Sugarsnap Peas,
Capsicums - King of the North
and Hungarian Yellow Wax,
also some Red Fuji Apples.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1C
Lowest Max 16C
Highest Max 19.6C
.5mm Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Chilly mornings with a few light frosts, warming up to beautiful sunny days with little wind.
All set to change this weekend with some wild, wintry and hopefully wet weather!
The local farmers have been out seeding their crops so it must mean rain!
Winter is very close now!


Coriander from Mr Fothergill's Organic Seeds
Mesclun Mix from Eden Seeds
Red Choi from Green Harvest
Rocket from DT Brown Organic Seeds
Tatsoi from Diggers Seeds
Larkspur from Mr Fothergill's Seeds
Viola from Mr Fothergill's Seeds
Set to germinate in the hothouse (...already happening!).

Potting up:
Thornless Blackberry
Basil Mint

Garden Sorrel
Lettuce Red & Green Mix
Lettuce Miners
NZ Spinach Cuttings
Parsley Curled

Planting out:
Bulbs -
Egyptian/Tree Onions
Garlic Russian

Seedlings -
Lettuce Red and Green Mix
Onions Creamgold (into Bed1 in the Main Veg Garden)
Parsley Curled
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing

Basil Mint
Divided a pot of Hyssop.

In the Garden This week:
I have tidied the shade house and potting benches, emptying out old pots and recycling the better potting mix by using it to fill the big pots that now live under the pergola.
After ensuring the mixture was damp I added a bucket of coir (which had fish emulsion and seaweed extract added to the soaking water) and mixed it well.

Once the pots were filled I planted out some tiny seedlings of Coriander, Lettuces, Spinach and Parsley. Each pot had a small clump of either Tree Onions or Shallots planted into them. I'll cut the green leaves off these for salads as they grow.

Most of the Trees For Life plants are doing really well, some of the acacias are having problems with the potting mixture this year. The Eucalypts are ready for planting.
The landholder I'm growing these for is waiting for "about an inch of rain" so that he can "rip" the ground to enable the planting holes to be dug.
I think that might just happen this week with any luck! mrgreen

The plants at the bottom of the photo are some of the Saltbush seedlings I am growing for the Community Garden windbreak. These plants have been pruned to encourage side growth and should be planted in the coming weeks.
The Health Team has been successful in getting some funding to allow us to purchase the necessary irrigation supplies, without which it would be pointless planting anything at the site.

The Radish seedlings in the Wicking Boxes are growing fast.

Cheeky little Nasturtiums
are volunteering in the Kitchen Garden...
I wonder if they will survive this years winter question

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.
Mangel-wurzel Leaves***600g
Mixed Kale***161g
Golden Beet***87g
Celery Soup/Chinese***40g
Lima Beans***280g
Sugarsnap Peas***107g
Capsicum King of the North***138g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow Wax***160g (Rescued from the frost)

Apples Golden Delicious***769g
Apples Red Fuji***757g

13 From the Farmyard Ferals
12 From the Barnevelders
11 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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