Sunday, 25 July 2010

Sweet Surprise

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 24:07:2010:

And to think I've been telling folks I didn't get much of a harvest from the Sweet Potatoes!! These two weighed in at 3248g and that was from the first plant I dug up. They have survived in the soil through the frosts of this winter.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0C
Lowest Max 10.1C
Highest Max 13.5C
6mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
A quiet week wind wise with chilly mornings, cold days and a little rain.

Propagation:
Seeds: Spring seeds already!!!!
Sown into punnets in the heated propagation tray:
Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum
Black Russian (The Lost Seed)
Green Zebra (The Lost Seed)
Ida Gold (Home Saved Seeds)
Kotlas (The Lost Seed)
Oxheart Red (The Lost Seed)
Red Cherry (DT Brown)
Sunrise (Phoenix Seeds)
Silvery Fir Tree (Eden Seeds)
Tommy Toe Yellow (Diggers Seeds)

Cape Gooseberry Physalis peruviana (Phoenix Seeds)
Capsicum California Wonder Capsicum annuum (New Gippsland Seeds)
Cossack Pineapple Physalis pruinosa (Phoenix Seeds)
Eggplant Casper Solanum melongena (Eden Seeds)
Globe Artichoke Purple Cynara scolymus (New Gippsland Seeds and Bulbs)
Nasturtium Jewel Mixed Tropaeolum majus (DT Brown)
Tomatillo Green Physalis ixocarpa (Phoenix Seeds)

The following were sown in punnets and popped into the hothouse:
Alyssum Pastel Carpet Mixed Lobularia maritimae (DT Brown)
Californian Poppy Single Mixed Eschscholzia californica (DT Brown)
Thyme Thymus vulgaris (DT Brown)

In the Garden This week:
When I began to clear the Sweet Potato Keyhole Bed in the Dog Pen Garden I thought I should have a dig around to see if there were any tubers underneath what was left (not much) of the foliage. Under the first plant I found two huge tubers which took a while to dig up! The biggest one weighed in at just over 2kgs received a bit of damage during harvesting coz I didn't realize it was sooo big! I had to use it straight away so I peeled and sliced it up and baked it. Yum it made great 'chips'.

I thought I'd see if there were any Jerusalem Artichokes under one of the plants I'd cut back earlier in the year...I stopped after digging (by hand) this lot that were headed under the pathway. Looks like I'd better dig a bit deeper in that area and find the rest!!!

With the spring seed sowing beginning I have to find a home for some of the plants in the hot house.
I've cleared the trampoline bench, covered the gap in the middle and added some water containers for warmth. Next week I'll get some plastic sheeting to cover the top as a temporary hot house. Moving some of the hardier plants out here will free up some room in the hothouse for tender seedlings, once they germinate!

The Radishes in the Wicking Boxes
are bulbing up and nearly ready to eat!

Old Blackie is trying her hardest to keep the nettle invasion under control but it's hard when you're the only chook in the run! I have tried to put new girls in with her but she prefers to live alone!!

Meanwhile on the other side of the block
the Faverolles and Barnevelders
are looking healthy and laying well!

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 ***200g
Sweet Potatoes***3248g

Eggs
17 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
15 From the 4 Barnevelders
16 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

Websites or addresses for the seed suppliers are listed on the page My Seed Suppliers Here

Ooops! I'll add last weeks log here again!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 17:07:2010:


The yummy birthday cake
at our local Market's Second Birthday celebration!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.2C
Lowest Max 11.7C
Highest Max 16.1C
14.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Wet and Windy!!!!

Propagation:

Potting up:
Strawberry Red Gaunlet Runners
Mesclun Mix seedlings
Lettuce Red and Green seedlings

Cuttings/Division:
Rock Rose Pink Cistus X purpureus

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***142g
Capsicum King of the North***186g
Carrots Chantenay Red-cored***463g
Kale Mixed***88g
MangelWurzel***510g
Parcel***19g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***94g

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

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Planning

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 10:07:2010:

Frost on the Elderberry Sambucus nigra
better named Elderflower here

as we rarely get berries.


Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -4C

Lowest Max 11.2C

Highest Max 14.5C

4mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
The rain came with a windy storm on Friday night - before that we had perfect, sunny winter days! Another shrub down in the front garden - a long dead melalueca. It was a favourite of the birds who would brush themselves on the dried stems after their dives in the bird bath. I may look at propping it up, anchored to a star picket so that the birds can continue to use it...

Propagation:

No propagation happening this week just Planning.

In the Garden This week:

Planning
  • spring planting - what to plant - when/where, sowing is due to begin indoors very soon!
  • seedlings for community garden?
  • checking seed supplies
  • a temporary frost shelter for growing seedlings?
  • new wicking beds in the old chook run at the eastern end of the house block?
  • investigating species for a redesign of the front garden - to include some dryland, useful trees/shrubs???
Observation
  • the days are slowly getting longer
  • not as much weed growth this year
  • more frosts this year than last year
  • earwig traps are showing young hatchlings!
  • almond trees are budding up
  • no cabbage butterflies or grasshoppers present in the garden...yet!
  • wind storms continue to cause damage to stressed trees
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.
Broccoli Nutri-bud***121g

Carrots Chantenay Red-cored***224g

Parsnip Hollow Crown***181g


Eggs

21 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals

12 From the 4 Barnevelders (
unfortunately one died this week sad)
16 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

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Winter Work

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 03:07:2010:

Frost on the fleece cover over the beds!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -4.3C
Lowest Max 9.1C
Highest Max 13C
3mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Four very frosty mornings this week, more drizzle and chilly days with temps not going very high, only one day above 11C.

Propagation:
Potting up:
Sage Salvia officinalis
Pink Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 'Pink'

Cuttings/Division:
Pizza Thyme Thymus nummularius
Rue Ruta graveolens
Oregano Origanum vulgare

In the Garden This week:
I received an order of Strawberry plants from New Gippsland Seeds this week...it's a bit too frosty to be planting them straight into the garden so I've potted them up for a while and put them in the hot house. They were Strawberry Lowanna and Torrey.

The first Mangelwurzel
with a Golden Beetroot ready for the juicer!
The first Mangelwurzel root has been harvested. It's only small but I'm thinning the row out to allow the others to grow larger! It was juiced with other veg (including it's leaves) for our morning juice and added a clean sweet taste to the juice.

The Broad Beans growing in Bed 2 Wicking Bed in the Main Vegetable Garden put on healthy early growth but we've had a series of bad frosts and they were looking worse for wear.
Solution: Cut them down and use some of the foliage in compost and use the rest for green manure.

I left the roots in the soil so that the soil can get the benefit of the nitrogen stored in those pink nodules. I loosened them so they shouldn't re-grow.

I chopped the young top foliage, left it on the surface as mulch to let the worms feed on it. I found some partially decomposed straw in the old chook pen so I forked it up and put it over the bed.

I watered the bed with rainwater diluted molasses to feed the microbes and covered the bed with jute to keep the worms warm for a few weeks.
This bed will become a Potato bed next.

The Asparagus has been cut down and a layer of mulch which includes bedding from the chook house was added over the roots.

The rain has encouraged what could be a forest of Tagasaste seedlings to emerge so I've potted a few babies up!

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.
MangelWurzel***918g
Beetroot Golden***90g

Eggs
21 From the Farmyard Ferals
13 From the Barnevelders
11 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

Edited to add this link to the post about Mangel-Wurzel.
Although mine don't look much like the photo in that post. confused

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