Sunday, 14 November 2010

It's Strawberry Time

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 13:11:2010:

Strawberry harvest this week...
...despite attack by earwigs and millipedes!!!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 5.8C
Lowest Max 16.5C
Highest Max 34.5C
12.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
We've had the max temperature rise past the 30C mark (34.5C, 94.1F) but the cool change that followed brought temps down and some rain!! mrgreen

Local weather folklore says that when the Bottlebrushes (Calistemon) bloom vibrantly it is a sign of rain! This is happening this year and this week we've had more rain. eek

Propagation:
Potting up:
Cucumber Green Gem
Cucumber Lebanese
Cucumber Marketmore
Lettuce Goldrush
Lettuce Purple Oakleaf
Pumpkin Butternut Hercules
Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum)
Squash Sweet Meat
Sunflower Dwarf
Sunflower White Italian
Watermelon Moon and Stars
Watermelon Sugar Baby

Potting on:
California Poppies Eschscholzia californica
Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Pelargonium Lemon Pelargonium crispum variegatum
Pelargonium Peppermint Pelargonium tomentosum
Pelargonium Pot Pourri
Rosemary Pink
Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Thyme Lemon Golden Thymus citriodorus aures

Planting out:

Basil Mrs Burns Lemon
Basil Large Sweet Italian
Bean 7 Year
Capsicum California Wonder

Cuttings/Division:
Chamomile
Correa White Correa alba
Lime Balm Melissa officinalis 'Lime'
Pelargonium Lemon Pelargonium crispum variegatum
Pelagonium Pot Pourri
Plumbago Plumbago auriculata

In the Garden This week:

In the Main Veg Garden

Bed 6 The Golden Zucchini and Sweet Meat Squash have recovered from their frost burn (and snail attack!) and have taken off! I added some Sweet Basil near the Tomatoes.

Out the back in the Kitchen Garden the rain this year
has created another jungle! wink

In the Wicking Bed
I replaced one Capsicum and one of the 7 year Beans that had for whatever reason decided not to grow! I mulched this bed with sugarcane mulch between the rain showers.

I noticed the Tomatillos were growing well and one is flowering!

In the Old Chook Run

I've planted some Mrs Burns Lemon Basil next to these Tomatoes as Companion Plants.
The Kotlas Tomatoes are setting fruit but none are at the stage of the ones at Sunny Corner Farm. See the photo 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.
Lettuce Green and Red mix***70g
Parsley***50g
Strawberries***338g mrgreen

Eggs
16 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
20 From the 5 Faverolles

I've been so busy this past week I shall add the Garden Log for 6 Nov 10 here.

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 06:11:2010:

The California Poppies Eschscholzia californica
are blooming in the Main Veg Garden!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.2C
Lowest Max 13.4C
Highest Max 27C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
A chilly start to the week saw a frost on Monday but after that the weather warmed up slowly to a beautiful day at the community garden on Friday!

Propagation:
None this week!

In the Garden This week:

In Bed 6 not only did this Sweet Meat Squash plant have to contend with frost burns but I noticed snail slime on the leaves!!

I got the snail so no more problems...razz

I harvested some celery
some went straight into some quiches to freeze...

...while the leaves were put in a jar of water
to keep them fresh overnight as they were destined
for our veg juice the next morning.

I'm allowing a couple of the Pathway Lettuce plants to go to seed. These plants have had little additional water and have shown remarkable snail and earwig resistance so are worth saving seeds from.

At The Community Garden:

A busy day Friday has left the place really looking like a garden!
All the new Tank garden beds are in place ready to be turned into wicking beds!!!!
Three truck loads of well rotted horse manure from the meatworks have been delivered so we are raring to go.

A quick photo update!
click on the photo to see it better!

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***360g
Broad Beans Early Long Pod***217g
Celery Tendercrisp***320g
Lettuce Green and Red mix***70g
Parsley***50g

Eggs
18 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
23 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

The Main Vegetable Garden layout for 2010 can be found HERE

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