Monday, 20 December 2010

Red Morning Sky but No Rain!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 18:12:2010:

Sunrise during a very early trip to Adelaide this week.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 7C
Lowest Max 21C
Highest Max 31.8C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Quite cool for summer! A fiery red sky on Friday morning didn't result in any recordable rain!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Amaranth Grain Amaranthus hypochondriacus Eden Seed
Amaranth Leaf Amaranthus gangeticus Eden Seed
Basil Large Sweet Italian Ocimum basilicum The Lost Seed
Coriander Cilantro Coriandrum sativum Mr Fothergill's Organic Seed
Lettuce Crispmint Lactuca sativa Diggers Club
Lettuce Marvel of 4 Seasons Lactuca sativa Green Harvest
Marigold Oranges and Lemons Tagetes patula Grower's Pride
Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus DT Brown
Pumpkin Lady Godiva Cucurbita pepo The Lost Seed
Rocket Eruca sativa DT Brown Organic
Silverbeet Green Silver Beta vulgaris DT Brown Organic
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix Beta vulgaris 4Seasons Seeds
Zucchini Cocozelle Cucurbita pepo The Lost Seed
Bullock Bush Heterodendrum oleifolium syn. Alectryon oleifolium

Trees For Life Seeds:
Wallowa Acacic calamifolia
Red Mallee Eucalyptus oleosa
Summer Red Mallee Eucalyptus socialis

Planting out:
Currybush
California Poppies
Lavender
Sage Purple
Sage Common
Thyme Common
Thyme Lemon
Thyme Russian
New Zealand Spinach
Around the base of my Tank Bed at the Community Garden

In the Garden This week:

First of the Tomatoes are ripening.
This is an Ida Gold bush cherry tomato!

The Locusts have arrived in greater numbers and bounce off the shade covers. Local birds are having a great feast but The Black Ninja has given up chasing them.


They have been attacking the new seedling Silverbeet so I've netted that bed using some Vege Net from Green Harvest.


I was sure I'd eliminated all ground based pests from the new carrot planting in Bed 1 but the new seedlings were slowly disappearing!! I suspected locusts were the culprits and after netting that bed I see I was right.

Safe from locust attack in the Water Garden Shade House
the Duck Potatoes, Water Chestnuts
and Golden Taro at the back.

The plants at the base of Bed 6 are flowering
and attracting loads of helpful bugs!!

At The Community Garden:
Everything has grown well. Another two tank beds have been planted and are awaiting their shade/wind protection.

On Tuesday evening I planted a few tough herbs around the base of the tank to make use of any overflow from the wicking system. The soil has been supplemented with manure, raised at the edges and the plants have been mulched with peastraw.

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.
Onions Red***294g
Onion Stuttgart***120g
Parsley***25g
Tomato Ida Gold***30g
Tomato Kotlas***198g The first tomatoes are ripening!!!
Zucchini(?)***585g
Loganberries***320g
Strawberries***191g

Eggs
16 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
12 From the 3 Barnevelders
17 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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