Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Planning

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 10:07:2010:

Frost on the Elderberry Sambucus nigra
better named Elderflower here

as we rarely get berries.


Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -4C

Lowest Max 11.2C

Highest Max 14.5C

4mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
The rain came with a windy storm on Friday night - before that we had perfect, sunny winter days! Another shrub down in the front garden - a long dead melalueca. It was a favourite of the birds who would brush themselves on the dried stems after their dives in the bird bath. I may look at propping it up, anchored to a star picket so that the birds can continue to use it...

Propagation:

No propagation happening this week just Planning.

In the Garden This week:

Planning
  • spring planting - what to plant - when/where, sowing is due to begin indoors very soon!
  • seedlings for community garden?
  • checking seed supplies
  • a temporary frost shelter for growing seedlings?
  • new wicking beds in the old chook run at the eastern end of the house block?
  • investigating species for a redesign of the front garden - to include some dryland, useful trees/shrubs???
Observation
  • the days are slowly getting longer
  • not as much weed growth this year
  • more frosts this year than last year
  • earwig traps are showing young hatchlings!
  • almond trees are budding up
  • no cabbage butterflies or grasshoppers present in the garden...yet!
  • wind storms continue to cause damage to stressed trees
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.
Broccoli Nutri-bud***121g

Carrots Chantenay Red-cored***224g

Parsnip Hollow Crown***181g


Eggs

21 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals

12 From the 4 Barnevelders (
unfortunately one died this week sad)
16 From the 5 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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