Sunday, 24 October 2010

Blackie's Last Egg :(

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 23:10:2010:

Dutch Cream Potatoes flowering in Bed 2

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.8C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 29.5C
.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
The temperature slowly climbed, getting warmer each day until Saturday when it was back to 20C. The predicted rain on Friday night didn't arrive. The winds have not been strong this week!

Propagation:

Seeds:
Veg:
Beans Lima Red - Home Saved Seeds
Corn Extra Sweet - Grower's Pride
Corn Hawaiian - Green Harvest
Cucumber Green Gem - Eden Seeds
Cucumber Lebanese - Phoenix Seeds
Cucumber Marketmore - Eden Seeds
Lettuce Goldrush - Home Saved Seed
Pumpkin Butternut Hercules - New Gippsland Seeds
Pumpkin Queensland Blue - Phoenix Seeds
Spinach Strawberry - Home Saved Seeds
Squash Sweet Meat - Phoenix Seeds
Tomato Yellow Pear/Basil sweet/Lettuce Red Oakleaf - part of a mix from Greenpatch Seeds
Watermelon Moon and Stars - Diggers Club Seeds
Watermelon Sugar Baby - Home Saved Seeds
Zucchini Lebanese - DT Brown
Herbs:
Celpar - Home Saved Seeds
Chamomile - Home Saved Seeds
Evening Primrose - Eden Seeds
Parsley - DT Brown
Beneficial creature attracting Flowers:
Buckwheat - Phoenix Seeds
Cosmos Seashell mix - 4Seasons Seeds
Cosmos Sunny Yellow - Eden Seeds
Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia - Phoenix Seeds
Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum) Chrysanthemum coronarium - Home Saved Seeds
Sunflower Dwarf - Mr Fothergill's
Sunflower White Italian - Seed Saver Friend

Potting up:
New Plants from Greenpatch:
Citronella Grass Cymbopogon nardus
Fig Pastelli Ficus carica
Sweet Potato (cuttings) Ipomea batatas
Taro Golden Xanthosoma esculenta
Thyme Carraway Thymus herba-barona

Potting on:
Peanuts Virginia

Planting out:
Capsicum California Wonder
Cucumber White Wonder
Seven Year Beans
Squash Winter Delicata
Strawberry Torey
Tomatillo Physalis ixocarpa

Cuttings/Division:

Daisy White
Lemon Verbena Aloysia triphylla

In the Garden This week:
I went through my seed box and decided to empty some of the seed packets and sow some of the old seed I've had for a few years. They might grow, they might not. Any excess can be sold at the local market.

The Potatoes in the Old Chook Run Bed had all emerged
so it was time to mulch them with lucerne.

I cleared and topped up the Wicking Bed in the Kitchen Garden by the old chook house. See here for how I feed the soil in the Wicking Beds.
Planted here were seedling:
Capsicum California Wonder
Tomatillo
Seven Year Beans

In the Main Veg Garden Bed 3 has been planted with:
Cucumber White Wonder to climb on a trellis at the end of the bed.
Squash Winter Delicata

Bed 6 seedlings have settled in well!

At The Community Garden:
On Friday the temperature was predicted to be near 30C so Doc and I got an early start up at the Community Garden.

We had work to do, that wind break bed was full of weeds!

By the time the others arrived we had cleared the bed.
Then a helper got to work with a whipper-snipper
to clear the edges.

Earlier in the week the "Concrete Fairies"
had prepared the slabs for the shed and the shade house.

On Friday with extra hands on deck
we helped put up the shade house.

Ta Da!!! mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

With some leftover concrete mix
they prepared this site...
and left just a hint to Doc
regarding his promised Cob Oven!!!

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***374g
Celery Tendercrisp***64g
Mangelwurzel leaves***46g
Parsley***30g
Peas Bush Youngs Wonder***113g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby***298g

Eggs
28 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
24 From the 5 Faverolles

Old Blackie, at 14 years of age, produced an egg this week. It was to be her last egg as I found her dead next to it. She had a wonderful life and even this week was out with me in the garden helping to scratch up a few earwigs! sad


To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE It has been updated!!!
The Main Vegetable Garden layout for 2010 can be found HERE

Seed sources are listed under the heading My Seed Suppliers
Any not listed there are usually available in local shops.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Spring - Sun,Wind and Rain!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 16:10:2010:

I have been meaning to rebuild
the wicking bed display box.
This volunteer Celery plant has taken up residence in it
and is thriving!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1.2C

Lowest Max 9.6C Brrr!
Highest Max 27C
29mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
It must be spring!!! One day of 27C (80F), rain on Wednesday (17mm) then an almighty blast of cold, wet and very windy weather on Friday!!!
Friday's temperature only managed to drag itself to 9.6C (49F). With that blast of winter came frost alerts for the weekend!

Propagation:
Potting up/on:
More seedlings and more seedlings and more seedlings...

Planting out:
Golden Sunrise Tomatoes
Golden Zucchini
Sweet Meat Squash
Lady Godiva Pumpkin
Cherry Red Tomatoes
Red Ox-Heart Tomatoes

Cuttings/Division:
Chives

In the Garden This week:
I took a chance and planted out a few seedlings early in the week.
The Sunrise Tomatoes, Golden Zucchini and Squash plants went into the new wicking bed (bed 6) in the Main Vegetable Garden (MVG).
Lady Godiva Pumpkins, which are grown for their tasty seeds that grow without shells (hulls), went into the very first Wicking Bed I made over 3 years ago.
Red Ox-Heart Tomatoes went into the Edgebed (bed 7) in the MVG under the protection (from late frosts) of the Snow Peas.
The Cherry Red Tomatoes were planted by the trellis next to the back gateway which is another very sheltered spot!

Many of my excess seedlings were potted up, tidied and sold at the Markets on Saturday to raise some much needed cash for the Community Garden. Doc made a beautiful Child's Garden Tote Box that we filled with garden goodies for a raffle!

With all the Apple trees in full bloom I removed a couple of wayward, flowering branches off the Jonathon tree and put them in a bucket of water under the Granny Smith for a boost of pollination. Poor Granny is isolated in a chook run away from the rest of the apple trees!

With Friday's windy weather predicted all week I took the time to tie up the Broad Beans in the Kitchen Garden. They are just beginning to set pods and I didn't want them to be ruined by the wind.

Of course with the wintry blast of cold came frost warnings so all the tender seedlings had to be covered for safety! Those on the bench were moved closer into the centre under the shadecloth. Young tender seedlings of Basil and Capsicums were moved back into the hothouse.

With forecasts of small hail I covered the new wicking bed seedlings with shade cloth/ netting/curtains for protection!

Doc has posted his Wicking Bed step by step guide! 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.
Asparagus***260g
Broccoli Purple Sprouting***124g
Lettuce Red and Green Mixed***150g
Parsley***50g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***565g
Shallots Red***26g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***55g

Eggs
28 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
25 From the 5 Faverolles

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

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Spring Flowers

Spring wouldn't be Spring without a Flower Show!!

Flowering bulbs...
...some that have been missing
during our dry weather have returned this year!!

Then there are the trusty reliable perennials.

The herbs and food crops!

and native plants.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

New Plants

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 09:10:2010:

This Dutch Iris is flowering this year
it hasn't flowered for 2 years

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min -0.2C

Lowest Max 17C

Highest Max 26.2C

No Recorded Rainfall


What's the weather been like in the garden?
The days are warming up now but we still had a couple of below zero (just) morning temps but the soil is warming up...nearly ready for spring planting!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Scattering seeds around the edge beds, calendula, sunflower and nasturtium.

Potting up:
Fennel Florence
Amaranth Leaf
Queen Ann's Lace
Lovage
Basil Lemon

Planting out:
Petunia Moonface Petunia x hybrida
Marigold Jezebel Tagetes erecta
Larkspur Delphinium consolida
Alyssum Lobularia maritimae
Curled Leaf Parsley Petroselinum sativum
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

Cuttings/Division:

Split a new pot of Nepeta hederacea variegata into 4 new plants
3 more Loganberry cuttings
Single White Marguerite Daisy

In the Garden This week:
After Sunday's market Doc let me loose in my favourite nursery where I bought Nepeta hederacea variegata , Russian Thyme Thymus nitidis, Peppermint Geranium Pelargonium tomentosum, Chilli Jalepeno Capsicum frutescens var, Chilli Yatsufusa Capsicum frutescens var, Double White Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum frutescens, Double Pink Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum sp and seedlings Marigold Jezebel Tagetes erecta, Petunia Moonface Petunia x hybrida,

More potting on, digging up and dividing plants.

With the temperature on the rise already I'm busy:
  • mulching plants already in the garden
  • trimming back some of the winter growth
  • clearing beds for new season seedlings
  • trapping earwigs,
  • catching millipedes, grasshoppers, moths and snails
  • re-designing, checking and attaching dripper/watering systems

While I was digging up a dripper hose to change a connection I found it was stuck on something.

As I dug down I found a Sweet Potato! It was wedged under an edging sleeper and squashing the hose!
It seems the sweet potatoes survive in the soil better than out of it over our cold winters here. None of the cuttings I took last season survived through the winter.
I have ordered more cuttings (from Greenpatch seeds).
I also have an organic sweet potato living on the heat tray hoping it will shoot. Maybe there are more tubers hiding underground to re-sprout this year!!!


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.
Asparagus ***129g
Beetroot Golden***339g
Broccoli Purple Sprouting***304g
Carrots Red Cored Chantenay***1031g
Celery Tendercrisp***20g
Mangelwurzel leaves***150g
Parsley***30g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***201g
Sweet Potato***425g

Eggs
24 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 From the 4 Barnevelders
26 From the 5 Faverolles

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

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Goof Plugs

Goof Plugs those nifty little helpers you grab
when you've put a dripper in the wrong place.
Or when you need to move a dripper.

Or when you have been using a pitchfork
to move compost onto the new potato patch
and accidentally put the fork down on top
of the dripper hose! eekconfusedeek

It went through the plastic!

A goof plug fitted the hole perfectly.

I am saved from having to cut and join the hose together.
mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen

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