Sunday, 12 September 2010

After the Storm...

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 11:09:2010:

After the storm last week...
A street tree had fallen onto our neighbour's house,
luckily with minimal damage.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1C
Lowest Max 13C
Highest Max 17.6C
6mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?

The wind has been much quieter this week and a little rain has fallen. The council crews have been busy cleaning up after the storm and the sound of chainsaws fills the air.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Radish Long Scarlett (DT Brown)
Potato Pink Fir Apple (The Lost Seed)

Potting up:
Cape Gooseberries
Tomato Tommy Toe Yellow, Silvery Fir Tree
Capsicum California Wonder
Eggplant
Casper

Planting out:
Strawberry Guava Psidium littorale var. longipes
Lucerne Medicago sativa
Wallflowers Erysimum cheiri
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
NZ Spinach Tetragonia tetragonioides
Sage Grandfather Salvia apiana
Purple African Daisy Arctotis
These were planted into the Main Veg Garden edge beds.
Wallowa Wattle Acacia clamifolia
Dryland Tea-Tree Melaleuca lanceolata
Planted at the Community Garden
Peas Sugar Snap

Cuttings/Division:
Rosemary White
Lavender White
Lime Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lime Fizz'
Curry Bush Helichrysum italicum
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
Daisy Cream/Pink Centre
Canary Island Lavender Lavandula canariensis

In the Garden This week:

During last week's wind storm one of the Tagasaste in the old chook run split and lay precariously balanced on the back fence. Our neighbour on that fence doesn't want us to chop it down as the tree provides shade for her bird aviary. We will have to trim it back a bit but will see if it lives and whether it might cause any more damage during future storms.

The small garden bed by the back gateway
has had most of the Oregano removed
and Sugar snap Peas planted at the rear.

Lots of seedlings are now germinating out in the caravan.

I've made some more Worm Cast Brew
to spread around the garden...
...it takes a little longer to brew in cold weather.

At The Community Garden:

On Friday Doc and I went up to the community garden while the Work Experience boys we busy putting up the gates!!!! We can now lock ourselves in!

Pathways are being defined
and areas cleared for the concrete slabs,
for shed and shade house!

Two massive concrete table sets have arrived.

Doc and I busied ourselves weeding the windbreak planting and I replaced a few of the smaller seedlings that had died with some potted plants I had growing at home. The rain has encouraged much weed growth. Fortunately the weeds were easily removed as the rain had softened the ground.

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.
Beetroot Golden***150g
Cabbage Ethiopian***80g
Kale Mixed***150g
Lettuce Green and Red mix***150g
Parcel***65g
Parsley***50g
Radish Cherry Belle***35g
Shallots Red***30g
Silverbeet Mixed***314g

Eggs
10 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
16 From the 4 Barnevelders
22 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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