Monday, 31 May 2010

Winter Has Arrived Early!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 29:05:2010:

So soggy!
And to think I swept up all the leaves before the wind!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2C
Lowest Max 11.2C
Highest Max 17.1C
53mm Rain Yes!!!!
The farmers were right!

What's the weather been like in the garden?
It rained on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday this week!
A sneaky frost on Thursday of -2C came unannounced but caused no harm in the garden that is all set for winter now.

During this cold, wet weather we've had the wood heater on all day. We make the most of the heat source using it to heat our water (via the kettle) and cooking stock, soups and stews. That makes the whole house smell great!

Broad Beans - Early Long Pod
Peas - Bush Young's Wonder
Peas - Climbing Angela's Blue

Planting out:
Celery volunteers

Lemon Verbena

In the Garden This week:

A sad, soggy look at the Main Vegetable Garden
at the end of Autumn 2010

I took the chance for a last planting of Peas and Broad Beans before the rain set in. The beans and bush peas went into the Kitchen Garden and the climbing peas on the edge of Bed 3 in the Main Veg Garden.

I rescued a few Celery volunteers out of some potted Xanthorrhoea. Two of the larger celery plants were planted into the Dog Pen wicking beds!

While I was checking those beds I noticed a bit of leaf damage on the Cauliflowers there. No sign of any caterpillars but I found a few earwigs so I've put the hose traps back out.
The soil must be warmer in the wicking beds because the earwigs aren't usually active at this time of the year. Oh well at least it means the chookies get some extra 'earwig protein' on these colder days.

The Broad (Fava) Beans in Bed 2 have been flowering for a while now and are setting fruit despite the frosty mornings we've had.

Those Beet family greens keep on coming, they loved the rain!

As did the Peas and Garlic
Because the Peas are in a separate Wicking Bed they are at less risk of the bad Companion planting effects of the garlic. They are in different soil so the anti bacterial effect of the garlic won't harm the bacteria in the soil which the peas depend on to fix nitrogen from the air for their use.

Ooops! I leave some of the seedling punnets in cat litter trays to help keep them moist...I usually take them out before it rains, guess I forgot these! eek

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.
Parsnip Hollow Crown***155g
Peas Sugar Snap***57g
It's been a bit too wet to harvest much out in the main garden and I've just been sneaking some Parcel, Sea Celery and Onion tops from under the pergola to add to our breakfast scrambled eggs.

17 From the Farmyard Ferals
17 From the Barnevelders
20 From the Faverolles

Even though Doc and I have added more sheets of iron for shelter in their run the chooks don't seem to know that they should stay out of the rain.
So I've been giving warm mash each morning. For a special treat they have enjoyed cooked rice with a couple of cans of sardines mixed through with the addition of a few cloves (crushed) of garlic to ward off any ill effects of the cold!

Maybe it is sinking in slowly. These three Faverolles thought it was too cold to venture outside into the rain and decided to stay in bed!

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