Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Thunderstorm Season?

Update November Week 1:

In Flower Now:
Silver Lace Bush Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum.
Not only attracting Bees but there are at least
3 Ladybirds on those flowers!

Weather highlights:
Temperatures are starting to rise and the hot winds are blowing in...time for some shade over tender seedlings. On Tuesday morning a thunderstorm dropped over 20mm of rain! Overnight 2 more storms dropped a further 35mm that included hail!!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Around Bed 4 MVG:
Sunflower Pardo Red Helianthus annuus
Into the edge bed of MVG and in the Old Chook Run Garden:
Sunflower Sun King Helianthus annuus
Into the New Wicking Tank (no 20):
Nasturtium Tall Mixed Tropaeolum majus
Scattered around the garden after the rain, seeds of:
Alfalfa Medicago sativa
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum
Purslane Portulaca oleracea
Red Clover Trifolium pratense var. sativum

Planting out:

Into Bed 4 (remade wicking bed):
Rockmelon Hearts of Gold Seedlings from seed sown 4/8/11
Peanut Virginia Arachis hypogaea a lone survivor from last year
Nasturtiums Milkmaid Tropaeolum majus Seedlings from seeds sown 29/9/11
On the edge of beds 4&5:
Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Annual Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla
Perennial Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
Black Cumin Nigella sativa
False Balm of Gilead Cedronella triphylla
Statice Limonium sinuata
Portulaca Gold Portulaca grandiflora
Summer Savory Satureja hortensis
Winter Savory Satureja montana
Coriander Coriandrum sativum
Variegated Oregano Oreganum vulgare 'Variegata'
Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera speciosa
Thyme Pink Carpet Thymus serphyllum coccineurs
Thyme White Carpet Thymus serphyllum alba

Into a new Wicking Tank (no 20):
Watermelon Golden Midget Seedlings from seeds sown16/9/11
Watermelon Moon and Stars Seedlings from seeds sown16/9/11
Purple Orach Atriplex hortensis var. purpurea (bought at the Hospital Fete).

Nasturtiums Alaska Seedlings from seeds sown 29/09/11 planted as Companion Plants to the Melons in Beds 6 and 10

Cucumbers Bushy, into the Almond Area Wicking Bed,
they are replacements for the ones the earwigs destroyed
when I forgot to cover the plants for just ONE night.

Potted on:
Watermelon Golden Midget
Watermelon Moon and Stars

Divided and Potted up:
Purple Leaved Wood Violet Viola labradorica

Pumpkin Beetle, Aulacophora hilaris
has been nibbling away at this pumpkin leaf!!
These beetles are removed by hand when found.

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