Sunday, 24 October 2010

Blackie's Last Egg :(

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 23:10:2010:

Dutch Cream Potatoes flowering in Bed 2

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.8C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 29.5C
.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
The temperature slowly climbed, getting warmer each day until Saturday when it was back to 20C. The predicted rain on Friday night didn't arrive. The winds have not been strong this week!

Propagation:

Seeds:
Veg:
Beans Lima Red - Home Saved Seeds
Corn Extra Sweet - Grower's Pride
Corn Hawaiian - Green Harvest
Cucumber Green Gem - Eden Seeds
Cucumber Lebanese - Phoenix Seeds
Cucumber Marketmore - Eden Seeds
Lettuce Goldrush - Home Saved Seed
Pumpkin Butternut Hercules - New Gippsland Seeds
Pumpkin Queensland Blue - Phoenix Seeds
Spinach Strawberry - Home Saved Seeds
Squash Sweet Meat - Phoenix Seeds
Tomato Yellow Pear/Basil sweet/Lettuce Red Oakleaf - part of a mix from Greenpatch Seeds
Watermelon Moon and Stars - Diggers Club Seeds
Watermelon Sugar Baby - Home Saved Seeds
Zucchini Lebanese - DT Brown
Herbs:
Celpar - Home Saved Seeds
Chamomile - Home Saved Seeds
Evening Primrose - Eden Seeds
Parsley - DT Brown
Beneficial creature attracting Flowers:
Buckwheat - Phoenix Seeds
Cosmos Seashell mix - 4Seasons Seeds
Cosmos Sunny Yellow - Eden Seeds
Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia - Phoenix Seeds
Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum) Chrysanthemum coronarium - Home Saved Seeds
Sunflower Dwarf - Mr Fothergill's
Sunflower White Italian - Seed Saver Friend

Potting up:
New Plants from Greenpatch:
Citronella Grass Cymbopogon nardus
Fig Pastelli Ficus carica
Sweet Potato (cuttings) Ipomea batatas
Taro Golden Xanthosoma esculenta
Thyme Carraway Thymus herba-barona

Potting on:
Peanuts Virginia

Planting out:
Capsicum California Wonder
Cucumber White Wonder
Seven Year Beans
Squash Winter Delicata
Strawberry Torey
Tomatillo Physalis ixocarpa

Cuttings/Division:

Daisy White
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla

In the Garden This week:
I went through my seed box and decided to empty some of the seed packets and sow some of the old seed I've had for a few years. They might grow, they might not. Any excess can be sold at the local market.

The Potatoes in the Old Chook Run Bed had all emerged
so it was time to mulch them with lucerne.

I cleared and topped up the Wicking Bed in the Kitchen Garden by the old chook house. See here for how I feed the soil in the Wicking Beds.
Planted here were seedling:
Capsicum California Wonder
Tomatillo
Seven Year Beans

In the Main Veg Garden Bed 3 has been planted with:
Cucumber White Wonder to climb on a trellis at the end of the bed.
Squash Winter Delicata

Bed 6 seedlings have settled in well!

At The Community Garden:
On Friday the temperature was predicted to be near 30C so Doc and I got an early start up at the Community Garden.

We had work to do, that wind break bed was full of weeds!

By the time the others arrived we had cleared the bed.
Then a helper got to work with a whipper-snipper
to clear the edges.

Earlier in the week the "Concrete Fairies"
had prepared the slabs for the shed and the shade house.

On Friday with extra hands on deck
we helped put up the shade house.

Ta Da!!! mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

With some leftover concrete mix
they prepared this site...
and left just a hint to Doc
regarding his promised Cob Oven!!!

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.
Asparagus***374g
Celery Tendercrisp***64g
Mangelwurzel leaves***46g
Parsley***30g
Peas Bush Youngs Wonder***113g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby***298g

Eggs
28 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
24 From the 5 Faverolles

Old Blackie, at 14 years of age, produced an egg this week. It was to be her last egg as I found her dead next to it. She had a wonderful life and even this week was out with me in the garden helping to scratch up a few earwigs! sad


To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE It has been updated!!!
The Main Vegetable Garden layout for 2010 can be found HERE

Seed sources are listed under the heading My Seed Suppliers
Any not listed there are usually available in local shops.

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