Tuesday, 15 June 2010

A Double Garden Log!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 12:06:2010:



Eucalyptus camaldelensis
the River Red Gum
from the Trees For Life boxes.



The Trees For Life plants have been collected by the landholder and will be planted within the next couple of weeks now that rains have arrived to allow the preparation of the soil to occur.
A reminder that it's the time for ordering now too!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2C
Lowest Max 11.8C
Highest Max 13.5C
4mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
One word icy! With frosts some days and bitterly cold winds blowing on other days...but at least we've had some rain!

Propagation:
Planting out: At the Community Garden site for our fledgling windbreak.
70 Old Man Saltbush
20 mixed Acacia and Melaleuca

In the Garden This week:

A very busy week with a stall at a new Market for Doc's Wooden Toys and a trip to Adelaide! On top of that a Working Bee at the Community Garden.

The plants on the planting list went in during the Community Garden Working Bee. Also a further 60 plants from a fellow Trees For Life grower who donated some of her babies for the planting of our (future) windbreak.

Before planting the irrigation lines were placed including:
A 30 metre length of 19mm hose running (in a trench) from the tap down to the existing fence line where the planting took place.
3 lengths of 13mm hose, 40 metres long, to run off this feeder hose.
Each line has an inline tap to help with flow control and one at the end for easy flushing/cleaning.

Each plant has an adjustable dripper fitted next to it.
A cut down milk container held in place by a stake to protect each plant from the elements and hopefully offer some protection from our resident bunny population on the block!
Mulch came from the local council and was kindly donated and delivered! It will be spread at our next Working Bee.

While we were busy planting a group of students from the local high school were beginning work on our fence! We are grateful for their assistance as it was deemed that the task of fencing the block was a bit beyond our happy gang of volunteers! eek
The students are gaining valuable work experience and will be issued with certificates at the end of their work program...some of them have expressed interest in helping at the garden too!!!


Back home I have popped the covers back over most of the beds as we have a couple of severe frosts forecast for the coming week!

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.
Celery - Soup Kintsai***33g
Celery - Tendercrisp***50g
Mangel-Wurzel Greens***150g
Mixed Kale***150g
Parcel***10g

Apples Red Fuji***2331g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
12 From the Barnevelders
5 From the Faverolles who don't seem to like the cold very much!

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE


I'll tag last weeks Garden Log on the bottom of this weeks... confusedrolleyeswink


Scarecrow's Garden Log: 05:06:2010:

The Final Leaf on the Grapevine

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.9C

Lowest Max 13.9C

Highest Max 16.1C

1.5mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
The weather fined up during the week and gave the chook run a chance to dry out! With the beginning of winter downunder the temperature has remained low all week. Calm days following chilly mornings will mean frosts to come.

Propagation:
Potting up:
Old Man Saltbush
Arnica

Cuttings/Division:
Thornless Blackberry

In the Garden This week:
I've started to tidy the Thornless Blackberry so I took a few cuttings.

Layered tips of the Loganberry in soil to sprout.

The Black Ninja enjoys some sunshine while it lasts!

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.
Carrots Chantenay Red-cored ***385g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***144g
Mangel-Wurzel Greens***500g

Apples Red Fuji***2357g

Eggs
20 From the Farmyard Ferals
12 From the Barnevelders
6 From the Faverolles

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