Saturday, 29 October 2011

Propagation Update

Thin Bamboo stakes have been added to the Tomatoes in Bed 3
to train them up to the wire on the overhead arch.

The weather has been hot and windy one day, cold and drizzly the next typically spring!!
The drizzle has brought hundreds of Snails and Slugs out of hiding just in time to devour some of my new baby seedlings. Argh!!!!

Potting on/up:
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens
Cucumber Revel
Dill Anethum graveolens
Ivy Pelargonium Double Mauve Pelargonium peltatum
Korean Mint Agastache rugosa
Marguerite Daisy Double White Argyranthemum frutescens
Mexican Hyssop Agastache mexicana 'Sangria'
Salvia Blaze of Fire Salvia splendens
Squash Yellow Button, Acorn Table Queen
Thyme Spanish Wood Thymus mastichina
Tomato Ida Gold and Kotlas
Unnamed Yellow Groundcover
Zaatar Origanum syriaca

Planting out:

Into the Almond Area Wicking Bed went:
Beetroot - Chioggia seedlings from seeds sown 15/08/11
Celery American Stringless purchased seedlings
Cucumber - Suyo Long x 4 seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11
Leeks Bulgarian Giant seedlings from seeds sown 2/07/11
Tomato - Stor Gul, Moneymaker x 4 each seedlings from seeds sown 10/07/11

Into the Old Chook House Wicking Bed went:
Cucumber Bushy x 3 seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11
Squash Yellow Button x 4 seedlings from seeds sown 28/08/11

Planting into that pumpkin mound resulted in bug attack big time!!!
These seedlings are now covered each night
with a plastic bottle (with the base removed).
These must be removed each morning
or the seedlings will overheat in the sun!

Pumpkin Triamble x 1 seedling from seeds sown 29/08/11
Trombone Gramma x 5 seedlings from seeds sown 29/08/11

Whereas those in the Wicking Bed have hardly been touched
and are 3 times the size!

Pumpkin Triamble x 1 seedling from seeds sown 29/08/11
Pumpkin Wangaparaoa Crown seedlings from seeds sown 29/08/11

Lettuce Gloria seedlings from seeds sown 2/07/11
as succession planting in the Greens Wicking Tank

Potato Purple Congo into a Wicking Bucket!
A white 20 litre bucket this time as I believe the black pots
will get too hot in our summer.

Split up pots of:
Thai Basil Ocimum basilicum
Thyme Pink Carpet Thymus serphyllum coccineurs
Thyme White Carpet Thymus serphyllum alba

Daisy Marguerite Yellow Argyranthemum frutescens
Mint Vietnamese Polygonum odoratum

To Do List:
Continue clearing beds and planting seeds/seedlings. Still a few to go!
Rebuild Wicking Bed 4 and build one more Wicking Tank Bed...
Clear Driveway and put up car shade cover back up for summer!

Friday, 28 October 2011

And The Winners Are...

OK it's gone 5pm here at Scarecrow's Garden in SA.
That means the winners can be chosen...

And the 3 winners are:

Please Email Me with your address so I can get your magazine sent out to each of you ASAP!

Thank you to everyone who went in the draw, sorry you couldn't all win.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

3 Magazines to Giveaway

Wow!! That month went really fast and it's time for the November issue of Gardening Australia. Argh! November already!!!!

This month is a very special issue of our favourite Gardening Australia magazine. It's the 20th Birthday issue and as a treat it includes a free packet of seeds to get you out planting.

You'll have to read it to believe this but there is an article all about a vegetable orchestra!!! There are even instructions for you to make a Carrot Clarinet.

Lots of information about what to do to prepare your garden for the coming blast of summer!

The lovely Maggie Beer is back this time with information on growing (and cooking) Peas! Great because my little patch of peas is almost ready for harvesting. I only have a small window of growing time for podded peas and usually grow the edible podded varieties.

This issue includes a FREE catalogue from Garden Express to drool over.

In the Gardening Diary this month Jerry Coleby-Williams tells us how to care for our edible plants during the coming summer.

Millie Ross is feeling's OK the story is all about keeping Chooks!

This is a Special Collector's Edition and as such those generous folks at Morey Media, who do the PR for Gardening Australia, not only sent me a freebie copy of this latest magazine so that I could review it here for you but they have sent THREE more copies for me to giveaway readers of my blog.

So make sure you mention the magazine in a comment below for your chance to win a copy!
Or you can leave a comment on the wall of the new Scarecrow's Garden Facebook Page.

Be quick because we will pick 3 winners on Friday 28th October at 5pm!

Don't forget to check out the Gardening Australia website
or go to the Gardening Australia Facebook Page

This Giveaway has now ended...see this link for the winners!
Thanks everyone for entering!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Blooming Bird Bath

This photo of our Tyre Mound Birdbath is for The Joyful Homemaker at Mrs McGregors Garden to show her what it looks like right now with all the plants grown!

See this link on Doc's Blog to see how it was built!

The Pigface plants have grown well without any additional irrigation during the 4 years they have been there. In fact they need a good trim back!!!

The empty tyres are part of the front yard re-vamp!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Mid-Month Update

We are harvesting loads of greens from the new Wicking Tank Bed in the (extended) Kitchen Garden. The Lettuces are delicious, the Mizuna has flowered (can eat the flowers too), the Coriander and Celery is abundant and the Kale, Cabbages and Cauliflowers are growing well!

Weather highlights:
The month began with light rain fallingand light breezes. It progressed to a delightful Spring weekend. The lowest minimum temperature was 0.4C which luckily didn't bring any frost to the newly planted seedlings!

On Friday temporary covers were added to the beds
when we were on a Severe Thunderstorm Warning
with expected Hail...
...fortunately it was only small hail
but I wasn't taking any chances!

Onions Spring Allium fistulosum from DT Brown
Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus Tall Mixed from DT Brown

Potting on/up:
Tomato Big Rainbow, Pineapple seedlings from seeds sown 10/07/11
Zucchini Rondo De Nice seedlings from seeds sown 29/08/11
Leeks Bulgarian Giant seedlings from seeds sown 2/07/11

Free from the garden:
Alyssum seedlings
Calendula and Borage seeds

Planting out:

The Carrots Radishes and new Spring Onions
are thriving in the BathTub Bed
safe from those pesky earwigs!

So around the base of the Bathtub Bed I planted - all from cuttings taken during the year.
Alpine Strawberries Fragaria vesca 'Alexandria'
Violet Blue Viola odorata
Violet Pink Viola odorata rosea
Seaside/Mexican Daisy Erigeron karvinskianus
Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea
Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium
Russian Thyme Thymus nitidis
Rosemary Prostrate Rosmarinus officinalis
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Lime Balm Melissa officinalis 'Lime'

In the Main Vegetable Garden:

Tomato seedlings have been planted
and the wire mesh moved to the top of the arch frame
to allow them to climb on to it.

The advanced Zucchini seedlings were covered
with white 50% shadecloth while they settled in.

Leeks Bulgarian Giant seedlings from seeds sown 2/07/11 into Bed 6
Zucchini Rondo De Nice seedlings from seeds sown 29/08/11 into Bed 5
Tomato Big Rainbow seedlings from seeds sown 10/07/11 into Bed 3
Tomato Pineapple seedlings from seeds sown 10/07/11 into bed 3
Beans Runner Sunset Runner from seeds sown 10/07/11 into Tank Bed 9

Into Tank Bed f:

Strawberries Pink Flowered purchased plant (from Bunnings)
Arnica seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11
Korean Mint seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11
Mexican Hyssop seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11
Lovage from the propagation table
Echinacae from the hot house

Chinese Artichokes in Wicking Pots

We answered a call for help on the weekend from our son up north. He needed to put a new fence up after a storm blew the old one down. Of course we wouldn't miss a visit to see the GrandTwins (now 15 months old) so off we went - loaded up with a variety of garden tools!

To Do List:
Check Watering Systems for start of irrigation season - See Links Here and Here
Continue clearing beds and planting seedlings.
Pot up excess seedlings and cuttings to sell at Hospital Fete next weekend to raise funds for Community Garden.
Rebuild Wicking Bed 4 and build one more Wicking Tank Bed...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

So Many Eggs

Last months egg total was 224 and yes as Matron commented that is a lot of eggs.
I use a lot in baking and we eat eggs for breakfast regularly but this is still too many eggs.

I like to freeze the excess supply for use later in the year when the girls aren't as productive.

To freeze eggs I use the method from Jackie French's Chook Book:

Per cup of Beaten Egg use 10g (2 teaspoons) of Sugar to use them in baking or 3g Salt for savoury use (scrambled eggs, egg slices, quiches etc).

The sugar/salt is to stop them thickening according to Jackie and I haven't tried it without.

I freeze them 2 at a time for baking and 6 at a time for savoury because most of the recipes I use need them in those amounts.

There are other ways of freezing eggs but I find this way most convenient.

Next on the list Doc wants to try a batch of Pickled Eggs!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: September 2011

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -3.6C
Highest Min 10.8C
Lowest Max 12.6C
Highest Max 31.8C
16mm Rain

Rain comparison with other years, average is 33.1mm:
2011 16mm
2010 35.5mm
2009 65.5mm
2008 11mm
2007 33.4mm

I've been recording all the propagation over the month;
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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.
Celery American Stringless 3210g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed 320g
Sweet Potato 1077g
Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy 500g
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian 860g
Asparagus 145g
Shallots Red 385g
Turnip Snowball 676g

90 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
35 From the 2 Barnevelders
99 From the 5 Faverolles

September of Previous Years:

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE

Saturday, 1 October 2011

And the Winner is.........

It's just gone noon here at Scarecrow's Garden and Doc has picked a winner!!!!


So thank you for delurking and please Email Me with your address
so I can get the magazine sent out to you ASAP!

Thank you to everyone who went in the draw,
sorry you couldn't all win.


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