Monday, 10 January 2011

Tomato Time

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 10:01:2011:

Grapes...still quite a few weeks from harvest!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 10C
Lowest Max 29.5C
Highest Max 36.7C
0.5mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Again the temperature climbed until Friday when a cool change only managed to make things very humid and sticky!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Unknown Seeds???
Lettuce Butternut from Home Saved Seeds

Potting up:
Amaranth Leaf
Amaranth Grain
Basil Large Sweet Italian
Lettuce Crispmint
Pumpkin Lady Godiva
Silberbeet Rainbow mixed
Thyme Native Ocimum tenuiflorum
Zucchini Cocozelle

Thyme Native Ocimum tenuiflorum
The botanical names suggests a closer relative of basil
but the distinctive thyme leaf shape and smell is there.

Planting out:
Basil Purple
Basil Thai
Cape Gooseberry
Capsicum
Cosmos Yellow
Peanuts

Cuttings/Division:
Basil "All Seasons"
Jasmine Pink Jasminum polyanthum
Jasmine White Jasminum officinale
Ivy Geranium/Pelargonium - Pink/White Striped Pelargonium peltatum
Pigface White Lampranthus sp
Pigface Orange Lampranthus sp

In the Garden This week:
I have sown into a punnet some seeds we found by Doc's workshop as we didn't know what plant they were from. They will most likely be a weed but it has us curious...

The heat has set the tomatoes ripening!

I harvest the tomatoes just as they are beginning to colour up...

...with in days they are fully ripe.

If left on the vine they tend to sit and either cook in the heat or get badly sunburnt even with shade cover.

Just as the replacement seeds for the bug eaten Lady Godiva Pumpkins were sprouting one of the original plants rose from destruction! I will plant a couple of new seedlings next to this one.

The Butternut Lettuces that grew so well in the pathway have produced lots of seed that I have been scattering around the Kitchen Garden.

The Dwarf Sunflowers are flowering!

At The Community Garden

With the humid weather bringing cooler temps, a chance of rain or at least cloudy weather I have planted a few more things I had spare at home into and around my Wicking Tank Bed.
Basil Purple
Basil Thai
Cape Gooseberry
Capsicum
Cosmos Yellow just for some added colour!!
Peanuts

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.
Potatoes Dutch Cream***1129g
Tomato Red Cherry***204g
Tomato Golden Sunrise***402g
Tomato Kotlas***1677g
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree***565g

Eggs
17 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
6 From the 3 Barnevelders
15 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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