Saturday, 3 July 2010

Winter Work

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 03:07:2010:

Frost on the fleece cover over the beds!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -4.3C
Lowest Max 9.1C
Highest Max 13C
3mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Four very frosty mornings this week, more drizzle and chilly days with temps not going very high, only one day above 11C.

Propagation:
Potting up:
Sage Salvia officinalis
Pink Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 'Pink'

Cuttings/Division:
Pizza Thyme Thymus nummularius
Rue Ruta graveolens
Oregano Origanum vulgare

In the Garden This week:
I received an order of Strawberry plants from New Gippsland Seeds this week...it's a bit too frosty to be planting them straight into the garden so I've potted them up for a while and put them in the hot house. They were Strawberry Lowanna and Torrey.

The first Mangelwurzel
with a Golden Beetroot ready for the juicer!
The first Mangelwurzel root has been harvested. It's only small but I'm thinning the row out to allow the others to grow larger! It was juiced with other veg (including it's leaves) for our morning juice and added a clean sweet taste to the juice.

The Broad Beans growing in Bed 2 Wicking Bed in the Main Vegetable Garden put on healthy early growth but we've had a series of bad frosts and they were looking worse for wear.
Solution: Cut them down and use some of the foliage in compost and use the rest for green manure.

I left the roots in the soil so that the soil can get the benefit of the nitrogen stored in those pink nodules. I loosened them so they shouldn't re-grow.

I chopped the young top foliage, left it on the surface as mulch to let the worms feed on it. I found some partially decomposed straw in the old chook pen so I forked it up and put it over the bed.

I watered the bed with rainwater diluted molasses to feed the microbes and covered the bed with jute to keep the worms warm for a few weeks.
This bed will become a Potato bed next.

The Asparagus has been cut down and a layer of mulch which includes bedding from the chook house was added over the roots.

The rain has encouraged what could be a forest of Tagasaste seedlings to emerge so I've potted a few babies up!

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.
MangelWurzel***918g
Beetroot Golden***90g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
13 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

Edited to add this link to the post about Mangel-Wurzel.
Although mine don't look much like the photo in that post. confused

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