Monday, 24 January 2011

It's Hot Now!

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 24:01:2011:

I love harvesting all the different tomatoes from the garden.
(L-R) Top: Black Russian, Silvery Fir Tree,
Bottom: Kotlas, Golden Sunrise and Green Zebra

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.7C
Lowest Max 26.5C
Highest Max 37C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
Gradually getting hotter and hotter!!!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Sunflower Sun King DT Brown (at Community Garden)

Planting out:
Basil Large Sweet Italian
Basil Thai
Coriander
Gotu Kola Centella asiatic syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica
Lettuce Crispmint
Nasturtium
Parcel
Parsley
Rocket
Shallots

Cuttings/Division:
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citridora
Gotu Kola Centella asiatic syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica

In the Garden This week:

As often happens at this time of the year
the temperature is on the rise
just as the Thornless Blackberries are ripening.

So I've put up some extra shadecloth that will also help to keep the feathered thieves off. They are at present feasting on most of the Mulberry crop!!! evil

The large pots under the back Pergola were looking miserable. This year the grapevine has grown so well it's leaves are blocking out most of the sun. I tidied the cleared out the old plants, added some new potting mix with worm casts and a few of my seedlings and cuttings. The pots were moved to the edge of the pergola right by the back door where they will get at least a little direct sun during the day.

At The Community Garden:

With some Yellow Pear Tomatoes forming I've added a lightweight bamboo tripod to keep them up off the mulch and give everything else a chance of some room. I also popped a few Sunflower Seeds around the base of the tank.

While Doc did a brilliant job brushcutting down any weed in sight I got to work on the Windbreak Bed, clearing out some weeds and liberating some more plants from the covers they were fast out growing!

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.
Cucumber White Wonder***222g
Potatoes Cranberry Red***1665g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***350g
Tomato Golden Sunrise***1858g
Tomato Green Zebra***72g
Tomato Kotlas***2471g
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree***2831g
Tomato Yellow Tommy Toe***67g

Eggs
20 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
5 From the 3 Barnevelders
14 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

Monday, 17 January 2011

A Little Bit of Rain

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 17:01:2011:

Goldrush Lettuce first harvest
from the Community Garden
just right for our Market Day salad sandwich!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 10.4C
Lowest Max 22C
Highest Max 36.9C
12mm Rain

What's the weather been like in the garden?

Humid! Humid! Humid!
Followed by a bit of Rain!! Well a good amount for us but no where near what the Eastern side of Australia has been having lately!

Propagation:

Seeds:
Alyssum Carpet of Snow Lobularia maritima DT Brown
Broccoli Nutri Bud Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Broccoli Royal Dome Brassica oleracea Grower's Pride
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Celeriac Apium graveolens var rapaceum The Lost Seed
Celery Pink Apium graveolens var. dulce Eden Seeds
Coriander Corriandrum sativum Mr Fothergill
Endive Salad King Cichorium endiva Eden Seeds
Grandfather Sage Salivia apiana Cornucopia Seeds
Heartsease (Johnny Jump Ups) Viola tricolor DT Brown
Kale Lacinato Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Kale Tuscan Black (Cavalo Nero) Brassica oleracea Diggers
Kale Vates Blue Curled Brassica oleracea var. acephala The Lost Seed
Kohlrabi Super Schmeltz Brassica oleracea Gongylodes Group Phoenix Seeds
Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson Lactuca sativa The Lost Seed
Lettuce Drunken Woman Lactuca sativa The Lost Seed
Lettuce Miners Montia perfoliata Phoenix Seeds
Lettuce Red Coral Lactuca sativa Eden Seeds
Lettuce Salad Mixed Lactuca sativa Grower's Pride
Mustard Asian Brassica juncea rugosa (?)
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinacea oleracea Eden Seeds
Tatsoi Brassica narinosa Diggers
Viola Edible Mix Viola cornuta The Lost Seed

Planting out:
Cherry tomatoes, Basil, Capsicums, Lettuce, Silverbeet into new beds (not mine) at the Community Garden

In the Garden This week:
Lots of seed sowing happening this week for later planting in Autumn. Many of those seeds have germinated within days with the humid weather!

New Plants:
Yarrow White Achillea millifolium
Catnip Lemon Nepeta citriodora
Blue Ginger Alpinia caerulea
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citridora
Sage Pineapple Salvia rutilans
Sage Tricolour Salvia officinalis "Tricolour"
Plumbago White Auriculata alba
Dusty Coral Pea Kennedia rubicunda

At The Community Garden:

We have built 2 more Wicking Tank Beds up at the garden this week bringing the total to 6 so far!
Cherry Tomatoes to trail over the sides of the beds, Basil, Capsicums, Lettuce, Silverbeet and Zucchini were planted from my stock of seedlings along with a few a new member had grown herself!

Doc has been trying to tell us the Shadehouse makes a great spot to share coffee, protected from the sun and the wind!!

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.
Lettuce Goldrush***20g (first harvest from Community Garden!!!) mrgreenmrgreen
Radish Long Scarlett***30g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed***30g
Tomato Black Russian***275g
Tomato Golden Sunrise***736g
Tomato Green Zebra***66g
Tomato Ida Gold***22g
Tomato Kotlas***1657g
Tomato Red Cherry***101g
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree***3514g
Zucchini (?)***596g
Strawberries***55g

Eggs

14 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
6 From the 3 Barnevelders
16 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

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

Monday, 3 January 2011

A New Year Begins...

Scarecrow's Garden Log: 03:01:2011:

Baby Tangelo!!!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 7.8C
Lowest Max 24.2C
Highest Max 41C
No Recorded Rainfall

What's the weather been like in the garden?
The week began with cool weather but temperatures soared by the end of the week. A cool change arrived on Saturday evening. No rain.

Propagation:
Seeds:
White Mallee Eucalyptus dumosa
Narrow Leaved Mallee Eucalyptus leptophylla

Planting out:
Nasturtium
Zucchini Cocozelle
Kohlrabi Purple Vienna
Beetroot Forono

In the Garden This week:

The final planting for Trees For Life seeds
now I wait for cooler weather
and maybe some rain for them to grow!

Before the heat arrived I planted out some Zucchini Cocozelle in Dog Pen Wicking Bed 2 with a small Nasturtium as their companion.

I added more Beetroot and Kohlrabi to the bed next to that one (Bed 1) where the original planting has done well under the hopper-free netting.

We have harvested the cherries for this year. No as many as other years but I think we were lucky to get any at all after the year the tree has had. To help it survive the heat we have covered it and the adjacent area with 50% white shade cloth.

At The Community Garden



With stronger winds up on the hill our shade cloth was flapping a bit too much so Doc attached a length of PVC tubing between the hoops of the shade to neaten it up and give it more support. Looks neat and tidy now! The cucumbers didn't appreciate the hot windy conditions at the site but everything else has settled in well!

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***1096g
Tomato Golden Sunrise***178g
Tomato Kotlas***764g
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree***541g
Cherries Stella***850g

Eggs
15 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
8 From the 3 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

mrgreenmrgreenmrgreenHappy New Year to all!!!mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen


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