Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Spring - Sun,Wind and Rain!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 16:10:2010:

I have been meaning to rebuild
the wicking bed display box.
This volunteer Celery plant has taken up residence in it
and is thriving!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1.2C

Lowest Max 9.6C Brrr!
Highest Max 27C
29mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
It must be spring!!! One day of 27C (80F), rain on Wednesday (17mm) then an almighty blast of cold, wet and very windy weather on Friday!!!
Friday's temperature only managed to drag itself to 9.6C (49F). With that blast of winter came frost alerts for the weekend!

Propagation:
Potting up/on:
More seedlings and more seedlings and more seedlings...

Planting out:
Golden Sunrise Tomatoes
Golden Zucchini
Sweet Meat Squash
Lady Godiva Pumpkin
Cherry Red Tomatoes
Red Ox-Heart Tomatoes

Cuttings/Division:
Chives

In the Garden This week:
I took a chance and planted out a few seedlings early in the week.
The Sunrise Tomatoes, Golden Zucchini and Squash plants went into the new wicking bed (bed 6) in the Main Vegetable Garden (MVG).
Lady Godiva Pumpkins, which are grown for their tasty seeds that grow without shells (hulls), went into the very first Wicking Bed I made over 3 years ago.
Red Ox-Heart Tomatoes went into the Edgebed (bed 7) in the MVG under the protection (from late frosts) of the Snow Peas.
The Cherry Red Tomatoes were planted by the trellis next to the back gateway which is another very sheltered spot!

Many of my excess seedlings were potted up, tidied and sold at the Markets on Saturday to raise some much needed cash for the Community Garden. Doc made a beautiful Child's Garden Tote Box that we filled with garden goodies for a raffle!

With all the Apple trees in full bloom I removed a couple of wayward, flowering branches off the Jonathon tree and put them in a bucket of water under the Granny Smith for a boost of pollination. Poor Granny is isolated in a chook run away from the rest of the apple trees!

With Friday's windy weather predicted all week I took the time to tie up the Broad Beans in the Kitchen Garden. They are just beginning to set pods and I didn't want them to be ruined by the wind.

Of course with the wintry blast of cold came frost warnings so all the tender seedlings had to be covered for safety! Those on the bench were moved closer into the centre under the shadecloth. Young tender seedlings of Basil and Capsicums were moved back into the hothouse.

With forecasts of small hail I covered the new wicking bed seedlings with shade cloth/ netting/curtains for protection!

Doc has posted his Wicking Bed step by step guide! Here

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***260g
Broccoli Purple Sprouting***124g
Lettuce Red and Green Mixed***150g
Parsley***50g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***565g
Shallots Red***26g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***55g

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

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

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