Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The GrandTwins Have Arrived

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 26:06:2010:

GrandTwinFemale and GrandTwinMale
Arrived Thursday 24th June 2010
All safe and well and truly beautiful!
smilesmilesmile

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -0.5C
Lowest Max 11.6C
Highest Max 18.2C
7mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Some more rain, just enough to save me watering the wicking beds. Almost warm weather one day, freezing cold, wet days the next.

Propagation:
Cuttings/Division:

Bay Laurus nobilis
Canary Island Lavender Lavandula canariensis
Fragrant/Mealy Saltbush Rhagodia parabolica
Put into the heated propagation tray inside.

In the Garden This week:
As we move into the coldest time of the year in Scarecrow's Garden things are still growing slowly.

Broad Beans have germinated in the Kitchen Garden

On the other side of the pathway
the Red Shallots are growing well.

The Onions in the Dog Pen Wicking Bed
are coming on strongly.

I'm glad I covered the Roi de Carouby Snow Peas
against the frosts...
...this has meant they are growing well.

Small heads are forming on the Nutri-Bud Broccoli in Bed 4.

The Radishes in the wicking box under the back pergola
look green and lush!

At The Community Garden:

On a cold, wet and windy day much progress was made!
A significant section of the fencing has been completed.
All the mulch has been spread around the windbreak planting.
Most importantly we found a way to keep the gas stove out of the wind by utilising one of the cut down tank surrounds! It worked a treat and hot coffee was much appreciated in the wet and cold conditions of the day!
It's great to see more and more folks joining in our working bees as the garden begins to take shape.

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***139g
Parcel***100g
Parsley***150g
Shallot Greens***75g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***150g

Apples Red Fuji***170g
Lemons***1561g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
15 From the Barnevelders
15 From the Faverolles

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

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Winter Solstice this Week

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 19:06:2010:

It's Nettle time in Scarecrow's Garden
they are coming up everywhere in the chook runs.
Time to make some nettle soup I think!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -3.5C
Lowest Max 11C
Highest Max 16.5C
1.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
A frosty morning, some windy days and a little rain...that's winter downunder for you!
June 21 is the Southworld's Winter Solstice...our shortest day!

Propagation:
Potting up:
Tree Onions
Shallots
Italian Parsley
Curled Leaf Parsley
Pelargonium "Madame Salleron"
NZ Spinach

Cuttings/Division:
Ceanothus papillosus roweanus
Lavender 2 types
Rosemary prostrate
Eremophila mauclata
Myoporum ellipticum
Arctotis purple
Jade plant Portulacaria afra

In the Garden This week:
A working bee at a friends house on the weekend saw us out pruning her front garden. That's where I borrowed most of those cuttings on the list! Just in case we pruned too hard of course!

Potatoes
I am planning to plant out some potatoes quite early this season. I have saved some Purple Congo from last year an found some well sprouted Sapphire Potatoes in the shed. The Sapphires have been planted into a large pot in the hot house as I don't think I could have kept them alive much longer.

I have received my first order of potatoes through The Lost Seed in Tasmania. Some Dutch Cream and Pink Fir Apple Potatoes that are now 'chitting' in egg cartons in my study along with the Purple Congo.

Chitting is the process of encouraging sprout growth from the 'eyes' on potatoes before planting them out. It is not vital but at least you know that the potato in question will be off to a good start. It is also a way of determining if the potato has a virus as the infected ones may have long white shoots. You are aiming for stout healthy green shoots about 1.5 to 2.5cm in length.

On the subject of early plantings I went down to the old chook run the other day and found a few potato plants (Blue Sapphires) growing seemingly oblivious to the frost we had last week! These were leftovers from a planting 2 years ago! I shall mulch these up for a real head start on the growing season.

The Soup Celery and Purple Sprouting Broccoli
growing under the curtain
in the Almond Area Wicking Bed.

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***186g
Celery - Soup Kintsai***28g
Celery - Tendercrisp***71g
Mangel-Wurzel Greens***267g
Mixed Kale***175g
Parcel***45g
Apples Red Fuji***2150g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
14 From the Barnevelders
6 From the Faverolles

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

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Winter Ice

Tuesday morning was a chilly -3.5C up this way.

We woke to ice everywhere!


Hoses were frozen and I didn't dare pick them up
for fear they would snap and break.

And I wasn't about to pick up this trowel either!

Ice on the black poly pipe that holds the shadecloth up,

on a wooden pallet

and on a tiny mound of pottingmix!

Fortunately some things don't object to a bit of frost
like these seedlings

and these White Mallee Eucalyptus dumosa seedlings.

But frosty mornings usually lead to beautiful sunny days!

Frost: June 15 2010

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

A Double Garden Log!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 12:06:2010:



Eucalyptus camaldelensis
the River Red Gum
from the Trees For Life boxes.



The Trees For Life plants have been collected by the landholder and will be planted within the next couple of weeks now that rains have arrived to allow the preparation of the soil to occur.
A reminder that it's the time for ordering now too!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -2C
Lowest Max 11.8C
Highest Max 13.5C
4mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
One word icy! With frosts some days and bitterly cold winds blowing on other days...but at least we've had some rain!

Propagation:
Planting out: At the Community Garden site for our fledgling windbreak.
70 Old Man Saltbush
20 mixed Acacia and Melaleuca

In the Garden This week:

A very busy week with a stall at a new Market for Doc's Wooden Toys and a trip to Adelaide! On top of that a Working Bee at the Community Garden.

The plants on the planting list went in during the Community Garden Working Bee. Also a further 60 plants from a fellow Trees For Life grower who donated some of her babies for the planting of our (future) windbreak.

Before planting the irrigation lines were placed including:
A 30 metre length of 19mm hose running (in a trench) from the tap down to the existing fence line where the planting took place.
3 lengths of 13mm hose, 40 metres long, to run off this feeder hose.
Each line has an inline tap to help with flow control and one at the end for easy flushing/cleaning.

Each plant has an adjustable dripper fitted next to it.
A cut down milk container held in place by a stake to protect each plant from the elements and hopefully offer some protection from our resident bunny population on the block!
Mulch came from the local council and was kindly donated and delivered! It will be spread at our next Working Bee.

While we were busy planting a group of students from the local high school were beginning work on our fence! We are grateful for their assistance as it was deemed that the task of fencing the block was a bit beyond our happy gang of volunteers! eek
The students are gaining valuable work experience and will be issued with certificates at the end of their work program...some of them have expressed interest in helping at the garden too!!!


Back home I have popped the covers back over most of the beds as we have a couple of severe frosts forecast for the coming week!

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.
Celery - Soup Kintsai***33g
Celery - Tendercrisp***50g
Mangel-Wurzel Greens***150g
Mixed Kale***150g
Parcel***10g

Apples Red Fuji***2331g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
12 From the Barnevelders
5 From the Faverolles who don't seem to like the cold very much!

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


I'll tag last weeks Garden Log on the bottom of this weeks... confusedrolleyeswink


Scarecrow's Garden Log: 05:06:2010:

The Final Leaf on the Grapevine

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.9C

Lowest Max 13.9C

Highest Max 16.1C

1.5mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
The weather fined up during the week and gave the chook run a chance to dry out! With the beginning of winter downunder the temperature has remained low all week. Calm days following chilly mornings will mean frosts to come.

Propagation:
Potting up:
Old Man Saltbush
Arnica

Cuttings/Division:
Thornless Blackberry

In the Garden This week:
I've started to tidy the Thornless Blackberry so I took a few cuttings.

Layered tips of the Loganberry in soil to sprout.

The Black Ninja enjoys some sunshine while it lasts!

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.
Carrots Chantenay Red-cored ***385g
Parsnips Hollow Crown***144g
Mangel-Wurzel Greens***500g

Apples Red Fuji***2357g

Eggs
20 From the Farmyard Ferals
12 From the Barnevelders
6 From the Faverolles

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