Thursday, 22 December 2011

Longest Day plus Lots of Rain!!

December Week 3:

Summer Solstice Greetings 2011

Weather:
Over the weekend storms dropped 67mm of rain with 40 of that in about half an hour!!! Things got pretty wet but dried out quickly as the temperature rose through the week.

Propagation: Seeds:
Lots of flowering plant seeds have been scattered around the edges of the garden after the rain.
Sunflowers
Marigolds
Cosmos
Buckwheat
Mustard

Potting on/up:
Scuplit
Lettuce Butternut
Miners Lettuce
Salvia
Mitsuba
Silverbeet

Cuttings:
Chilli Yatsufusa - according to this site has 75,000 heat units, they reckon Jalapeno measures only 5,000 heat units!!
Capsicum California Wonder
These hopefully will grow in pots for over-wintering in the hothouse next year.

The Edge Planting at the end of beds 4&5 has come up well and is attracting bees under the shadecloth to the Rockmelons and Zucchinis with lots of flowers.

Although starting to show signs of humidity related problems (from all the rain!!) the Rondo de Nice Zucchinis are still producing delicious, round fruit almost daily!

We are expecting a great Grape harvest this year...the rain has knocked the vines down from the top of the pergola but we have left them down to dry out properly. Most of the state was on a Downy Mildew Alert over the weekend but things have dried out well with gentle winds this week.

It's getting difficult to get around in the Old Chook Run with Pumpkins, Trombones and Squash growing wild there. Shade was attached on the weekend (more hail alerts!!) and as the temperatures are set to rise this week the main cover has been left in place.

Grasshoppers are busy again this year like this little wingless grasshopper with occasional larger ones, they are quickly dispatched to the chook runs!!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Safe New Year...

...may your Garden Grow Great Food
for you all next year!

8 comments:

  1. I am impressed with your grapvines..how long before they get to the fruiting stage??

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  2. Hi JHM
    It is supposed to only take a couple of years to get fruit off a grapevine.
    I think ours took about 5 years but we were trying to grow it for shade first! We also had rotten weather during the time they were developing.
    Make sure once it flowers that the bees have access...plant lots of flowering plants nearby to lure the bees in!!
    The way you prune them is supposed to make a difference too but we just prune to attempt to keep them tidy...
    This site from USA has some info on growing grapes which might be helpful for you.

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  3. Happy Christmas to you guys. A pity we didn't get the rain across here.

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  4. I hope you have a lovely Christmas too Colleen...I think we just happened to catch a major thunderstorm last week.

    Still the garden loved it even if our roof didn't!!!!

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  5. Does indeed look like you are going to get an awesome grape harvest. We just have one bunch on ours but we are still excited as it is our first. I like the sound of the Rondo de Nice Zucchinis. Are they a fast growing variety?

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  6. Hi Jason
    Yes those Rondo Zukes are fast growers that took off early in the season...I'm not too sure how they will go with this coming heatwave but I've already harvested plenty from them this year and have another lot of zucchini (not rondo) seedlings ready to go into another bed for a late crop.
    That first bunch of grapes will the best ever grapes!!!!

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  7. Scarecrow, do you ever treat the downy mildew on the grapevine and what do you use? And do you ever prune your grape vine in summer? Mine's growing like mad.

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  8. Hi SavvyMummy
    I don't spray the grapevine I think it's big enough to take care of itself! ;)
    Yes we have just pruned it off the clothesline so we could hang out the washing!!! Trim it up to keep it under control or it may take over the whole garden!!!!! :)

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