Tuesday, 4 September 2012

August 2012 Totals

Scarecrow's Garden August 2012 Journal Notes:

Plum Blossom
If it wasn't for the frosts I might be tempted to say Spring is here already...

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -2.7C
Highest Min 8.1C
Lowest Max 9.6 C
Highest Max 21.5 C
20 mm Rain

Weather Highlights?
12 potential frost days this month and only 1 maximum under 10C. Up here we have had  some rain just in time for local farmers who were talking about ploughing in crops already, hopefully not now...


Bean - Pea Climbing Known as Phaseolus aegypticus or Phaseolus vulgaris from Inspiration's Seeds
Bean Climbing - Purple King Phaseolus vulgaris from DT Brown
Beans Bush -  Zagreb Soldier Phaseolus nanus from The Lost Seed
Chilli Peppers  - Chilli Shake Mix Capsicum frutescens* From Mr Fothergill's
Cucumber - Giant Russian Cucumis sativus from Cornucopia Seeds
Cucumber - Bushy Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Cucumber - Suyo Long Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Melon - Honey Dew Cucumis melo from Johnson's Seeds
Peas - Golden Podded Pisum sativum from Digger's Seeds
Pumpkin - Musquee De Provence Cucurbita moschata from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin - Red Warty Thing  Cucurbita maxima from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin - Winter Luxury Cucurbita pepo from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin  - Jumbo Pink Banana Cucurbita maxima from Cornucopia Seeds
Pumpkin - Kakai Hulless seeds Cucurbita pepo home saved seeds
Pumpkin - Wrinkled Butternut Cucurbita moschata from seed savers
Rockmelon - Hales Best  Cucumis melo from The Lost Seed
Squash Button - Jaune et Verte  Cucurbita pepo from Select Organic
Tomato  - Black Krim Lycopersicon esculentum* from Johnsons Seeds
Tomato - Tommy Toe Organic Lycopersicon esculentum# Seed Raiser from Mr Fothergill's
Watermelon - Sugarbaby  Citrullus lanatus from home saved seeds
Zucchini -  Golden Cucurbita pepo from The Lost Seed
Zucchini - Early Cucurbita pepo from Inspiration's Seeds
* these seeds were sown into Jiffy® Pots and placed on the heated propagation unit
# these seeds were sown into a Seed Raiser Kit from Mr Fothergill's
the remaining seeds were sown into cut down milk containers or loo rolls (beans) and were placed in the green house

Potting up/on:
Celery Tendercrisp
Cress - American Upland
Leek Elephant
Lettuce Canasta
Lettuce Darwin
Orach Purple Atriplex hortensis from volunteers around the garden
Black Russian 
Golden Sunrise
Ida Gold Home
Oregon Spring 
Oxheart Red
Rumsey's Cross
Red Colossus

Thyme Lemon
Sage Common

Seedlings/Plants Planted Out:
Beetroot Golden
Beetroot Bull's Blood
Peas Golden Podded
Planted into Bed 6 in the Main Veg Garden
Purchased Parsley and Lettuce Seedlings I didn't keep up with the sowing through winter!!!
Purchased Strawberry plants
Planted into the newly constructed Bed 23 in the Kitchen Garden

A new wicking bed has been made using a small kit from the cheapo shop. It's just right for some handy Lettuces, Parsley and a couple of Strawberries...maybe a small Tomato later.

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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries  I have been picking Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Kale, Silverbeet,  Gotu Kola, Parcel, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we continue to eat out of  our stored food supply.
See side bar for details --->>

Beetroot Mixed 255g
Cauliflower Mini 172g
Cauliflower Sicilian Violet 566g
Celery 306g
Jerusalem Artichokes 125g
Kale Mixed 100g
Leeks 85g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby42g
Silverbeet 105g

Total Eggs for August 129 eggs:
85 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
44 From the 4 Faverolles

August of Previous Years:

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In the news this week...
NSW school bans handstands and cartwheels in the school playground!!! Read more...
Looks like this fellow would be banned too...

...apart from the fact there would probably never be snow there anyway...
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