Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Propagation Notes March 7 -15 2011

Cabbage - Red Choi

Seeds Sown:
Just a few seeds in punnets.
Cabbage Red Choi Brassica rapa var chinensis Green Harvest
Cabbage Red Express Brassica oleracea (capitata group) Southern Harvest Seeds
Coriander Coriandrum sativum Mr Fothergill's Organic
Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson Lactuca sativa The Lost Seed
Lettuce Drunken Woman Lactuca sativa The Lost Seed
Mizuna Purple Brassica rapa Japonica Group Southern Harvest Seeds
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed Beta vulgaris 4Season Seeds
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinacia oleracea Eden Seeds
Tatsoi Brassica narinosa Diggers Seeds
Pea Snow Roi de Carouby Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon Home Saved Seeds planted into cardboard loo roll insides to act as root trainers. As soon as the roots appear at the base they will be planted out into the Wicking Beds.

Seedlings Planted:
Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy into Bed 5 Main Veg Garden
Kale Vates Blue Curled into Tank f Main Veg Garden
Lettuce Drunken Woman into Tank f Main Veg Garden
Alyssum White
Hollyhocks some of the volunteers
Lovage Levisticum officinale
Strawberry Guava Psidium littorale var. longipes
Last 4 were planted in the Perennial Bed at the end of potting bench to be watered by run-off.

Potted on/up:
Celery American Stringless from a purchased punnet

For the Garden Layout of our half acre block to see What's Growing Where? check out the Map of our place HERE
For seed supplier links see this page HERE

Monday, 14 March 2011

Garlic Border

White flowered Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum
and purple Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea.
When the Chives die back in winter
the Society Garlic remains to mark the border edge.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Weeds...or are they?

Weeds...or are they????

February's rain total of over 150mm has spurred the early growth of weeds around the garden.
Taking a closer look has revealed some interesting volunteers...

Hollyhocks Alcea rosea
and to think I've sown some seeds rolleyes

Nettles Urtica dioica
very early this year
and much too useful to call a weed!

New Zealand Spinach Tetragonia tetragonioides
or Warrigal Greens
a useful edible native

Calendula Calendula officinalis
ever present, ever welcome!

Acacia sp
but which one??? eek

Red Kale Brassica oleracea
I didn't have any seeds of these to plant this year
and I notice these are free from pest attack smile

I have potted up some of the Hollyhocks, NZ Spinach and Kale plants. You might like to click on those photos to get a bigger view.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Bed 1: Green Manure

Bed 1 was cleared earlier in January (when it was clear I wasn't going to get any carrots from the second planting either!)
Some home grown chicken manure/bedding, that had been standing for a couple of months, was added and mixed in
A light dusting of dolomite and crushed rock minerals added
The bed was kept moist (with the help of 151mm of rain in February!!!!!)

It has now been thickly planted with Broad Beans - 4 packets and some are already up!
This will be a Green Manure crop...cut down before it flowers...to provide some compost greens and mulch/worm food in the Wicking Bed.

Hopefully to leave behind pink root nodules full of nitrogen like these from last years planting in Bed 2.
To help this process I will 'inoculate' the bed with soil from Bed 2 where these grew so well last year.
This involves mixing a couple of handfuls of bed 2 soil with rainwater, I'll include some worm tea and molasses to encourage the microbial growth!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

March To Do List

Weeds Everywhere!!
  • Plan autumn/winter planting chart Done see here
  • Make netted area for the Brassica seedlings to live in Done
  • Keep sowing seeds for autumn/winter planting/eating
  • Clear beds as crops finish started
  • Check Wicking Beds: top up with compost/manure or rebuild as necessary
  • Prepare beds for green manure crops started
  • Pick fruit as it ripens continues
  • Keep on top of weed growth accelerated by recent rain!!!!
  • Trim/prune shrubs as weather cools
  • Clear all pathways and make safe/level
  • Begin front garden redesign as weather permits
  • Help Doc with concrete slab for new storage shed Done
At least I've made a start already! razz

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