Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Potting Up

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 25:09:2010:

I've left some Tatsoi to go to seed and the bees love it!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.1C
Lowest Max 13.7C
Highest Max 20.5C
1mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Beautiful spring days, just the thing to get out and busy in the garden.
It was interesting to note that this week's lowest minimum and highest maximum temperature occurred on the same day. Well I thought it was! razz

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil Lettuce Leaf Ocium basilicum Diggers
Bean Bush Blue Lake Green Harvest
Bean Climbing Purple King DT Brown
Bean Dwarf Butter DT Brown
Caraway Carum carvi Eden Seeds
Chives Allium schoenoprasum DT Brown
Cucumber Italian Non Acid Cornucopia Seeds
Cucumber Lebanese Phoenix Seeds
Cucumber White Wonder The Lost Seed
Rockmelon Delicious Phoenix Seeds
Sweetcorn Anasazi Eden Seeds
Zucchini Golden Eden Seeds
Zucchini Black Beauty Diggers
All went into punnets

Nasturtiums DT Brown
Sunflower Sun King DT Brown direct in the garden.

Potting up:
Basil Purple, Mrs Burns Lemon, Large Sweet Italian
California Poppies
Capsicum California Wonder
Cossack Pineapple Physalis pruinosa
Cucumbers Lebanese, White Wonder
Kale Toscano
Lavender
Pumpkins Potimarron, Kakai, Lady Godiva
Purple Sage Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'
Rosemary Dark Blue
Squash Delicata
Thyme
Tomato Oxheart
Wormwood Tree Artemisia arborescens
Yellow Daisy Euryops pectinatus
Zucchini Cocozelle, Golden

Potted up from volunteers in the garden:
Cedronella
Sage
Lemon Balm
New Zealand Spinach
Apricot

In the Garden This week:
As you can see from the list above lots of potting up of cuttings taken earlier in the year. As the seedlings grow their first true leaves it's time to pot them on too! I'm running out of room to put them all but it seems our frosts might be over. Maybe.
No planting outside just yet...that can wait until mid October so the soil has a chance to warm up.
I'm catching many earwigs daily in the traps so the seedlings will benefit from some extra growth before going outside to brave the weather and the bugs!!

Doc has been helping me build some new Wicking Beds ready for spring planting that will be happening very soon! Doc will be writing up a simplified step by step guide to wicking beds on his blog very soon, so keep an eye out for that. wink

With a population explosion in the worm farm
I have finally relented
and bought a stacking type of worm farm.

I set it up as per the (very helpful) instruction booklet.

The worms seem very happy with the result!

This Purple Sprouting Broccoli...isn't purple???
eeksadeek

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 Purple Sprouting***72g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***185g
Lettuce Green and Red mix***170g
Parcel***60g
Parsley***50g
Shallots Red***30g
Silverbeet Mixed***95g

Eggs
8 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
17 From the 4 Barnevelders
27 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

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Things Are Slowly Warming Up.

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 18:09:2010:

Mr Wizard and Ms Witch are almost hidden
by the Scented Geranium and Calendulas.
Lush growth despite a below average rainfall for winter.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1.2C

Lowest Max 12.4C

Highest Max 16.3C

8mm Rain


What's the weather been like in the garden?
Foggy, drizzly and cloudy with a couple of bright sunny days after frost!

Propagation:
Potting up:
Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
Muntries Kunzea pomifera

Planting out:
Valerian Valerian officinalis
Midyim Berry Austromyrtus dulcis
Muntries Kunzea pomifera
Native Lemongrass Cymbopogon ambiguus
Sweet Appleberry Billardiera cymosa

Division:

Blue Flax-Lily Dianella revoluta

In the Garden This week:

In a revamp of the Bushfood Bed I have cleared one of the beds to make room for another veg growing Wicking Worm Bed.

In the bed remaining I have planted some of the Native Lemongrass, Muntries and Midyim Berry cuttings I took earlier in the year.

I emptied and moved the Tankbed closer to the Compost area and planted Strawberries and a Strawberry Guava into it.

Around the garden:

We have Purple Sprouting Broccoli!

The Mangelwurzels are getting huge
but I think will soon bolt to seed so I should harvest them!

Red Ribbed Dandelion Chicorium intybus.
It's easy to see how this Chicory got it's name.

The Parcel, Sea Celery Apium prostratum (Native Parsley),
Coriander and Endives
are just about overflowing their Wicking Boxes
on the back pergola.

The Roi de Carouby SnowPeas are forming...

...Strawberries are flowering...

and the Osteospermum Daisies are flowering.

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***150g
Kale Mixed***210g
Lettuce Green and Red mix***70g
Parcel***45g
Parsley***50g
Radish Cherry Belle***20g
Shallots Red***30g
Silverbeet Mixed***314g

Eggs
13 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
21 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 (a new one is due soon!)

Sunday, 12 September 2010

After the Storm...

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 11:09:2010:

After the storm last week...
A street tree had fallen onto our neighbour's house,
luckily with minimal damage.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -1C
Lowest Max 13C
Highest Max 17.6C
6mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?

The wind has been much quieter this week and a little rain has fallen. The council crews have been busy cleaning up after the storm and the sound of chainsaws fills the air.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Radish Long Scarlett (DT Brown)
Potato Pink Fir Apple (The Lost Seed)

Potting up:
Cape Gooseberries
Tomato Tommy Toe Yellow, Silvery Fir Tree
Capsicum California Wonder
Eggplant
Casper

Planting out:
Strawberry Guava Psidium littorale var. longipes
Lucerne Medicago sativa
Wallflowers Erysimum cheiri
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
NZ Spinach Tetragonia tetragonioides
Sage Grandfather Salvia apiana
Purple African Daisy Arctotis
These were planted into the Main Veg Garden edge beds.
Wallowa Wattle Acacia clamifolia
Dryland Tea-Tree Melaleuca lanceolata
Planted at the Community Garden
Peas Sugar Snap

Cuttings/Division:
Rosemary White
Lavender White
Lime Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lime Fizz'
Curry Bush Helichrysum italicum
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
Daisy Cream/Pink Centre
Canary Island Lavender Lavandula canariensis

In the Garden This week:

During last week's wind storm one of the Tagasaste in the old chook run split and lay precariously balanced on the back fence. Our neighbour on that fence doesn't want us to chop it down as the tree provides shade for her bird aviary. We will have to trim it back a bit but will see if it lives and whether it might cause any more damage during future storms.

The small garden bed by the back gateway
has had most of the Oregano removed
and Sugar snap Peas planted at the rear.

Lots of seedlings are now germinating out in the caravan.

I've made some more Worm Cast Brew
to spread around the garden...
...it takes a little longer to brew in cold weather.

At The Community Garden:

On Friday Doc and I went up to the community garden while the Work Experience boys we busy putting up the gates!!!! We can now lock ourselves in!

Pathways are being defined
and areas cleared for the concrete slabs,
for shed and shade house!

Two massive concrete table sets have arrived.

Doc and I busied ourselves weeding the windbreak planting and I replaced a few of the smaller seedlings that had died with some potted plants I had growing at home. The rain has encouraged much weed growth. Fortunately the weeds were easily removed as the rain had softened the ground.

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***150g
Cabbage Ethiopian***80g
Kale Mixed***150g
Lettuce Green and Red mix***150g
Parcel***65g
Parsley***50g
Radish Cherry Belle***35g
Shallots Red***30g
Silverbeet Mixed***314g

Eggs
10 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
16 From the 4 Barnevelders
22 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

This Is Spring???

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 04:09:2010:

Another storm, another branch down.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -0.8C
Lowest Max 10.1C
Highest Max 20.2C
20.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Our first day over 20C since May 10 this year! Mind you it was followed the next day by a top of 11C??? They were promising rain all week but nothing much fell until Friday. Yet another storm brought wind and 20mm of rain overnight...but other areas around the state (and country) suffered flooding and wind damage...again!!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Peanuts Virginia (Diggers Seeds)
Leeks King Richard (Diggers Seeds)
Chinese Date Ziziphus jujube(Phoenix Seeds)
Avellano Gevuina avellana (Phoenix Seeds) Also called Chillian Nut
Sown into containers and put in the hothouse
Radish Saxa 2 (Mr Fothergill's) Sown in wicking boxes out the back.

Potting up:
Tomatoes Ida Gold and Red Cherry

Planting out:
Celeriac (bought seedlings)
Strawberry Torrey.

In the Garden This week:

The Strawberries (Torrey) were planted into the Berry Wicking Bed
in the Kitchen Garden.

Celeriac seedlings planted into Wicking Bed Tank c
in the Main Veg Garden

The weekend brought another destructive wind storm...a large gum tree near the Dog pen has tilted closer to the ground but is still alive. This wouldn't cause any structural damage if it falls (except to other trees and old Blackie if she doesn't get out of the way) we will leave this tree in place for now.

On the other side of the yard
a couple of (already dead) Tagasastes fell over.


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***75g
Celery Tendercrisp***42g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***250g
Sweet Potato***200g

Eggs
10 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals (one is in full moult, one keeps escaping eek )
17 From the 4 Barnevelders
18 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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