Monday, 1 October 2012

The End of September

Update: Week  4 of September 2012 

The Strawberries in tank bed have taken off and are flowering and setting fruit...it pays to get in early and tidy them up and give them a feed!!
Weather highlights:
Lowest Min -0.2C
Highest Max32.1C
1.5mm Rain

September's Weather:
This weeks maximum temperature of 32.1C was the highest for the month, the lowest maximum temperature was 12.5C. The lowest minimum temperature for September was -1.4C while the highest minimum temp was 11.9C.
With the Spring (Vernal)  Equinox occurring on the 23rd we have had a week of quite strong winds...the frosts still linger but day temps are on the rise!
The rainfall total of 10.5mm was way below the September average of 33.1mm.

Propagation:
Potting on/up:

Basil Genovese
Basil Lettuce Leaf
Basil Mrs Burns Lemon
Beetroot Cylindra
Californian Poppy Purple
Capsicum California Wonder
Chilli - Chilli Shake

Cuttings:
Kiwiberry Issai Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

Mushroom Plant
Petunia - an experiment from a plant that has survived winter

Planting out:
Beans Climbing Purple King in Bed 3 - an early experiment
Black Wattle in the Orchard area
Fig tree from cutting in the Orchard Area
Kiwiberry Issai Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (info here ) on the chook fence in the main veg garden.

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, Daily Juice and Stirfries:  I have been picking Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Kale, Silverbeet,  Gotu Kola, Parcel, Parsley, Shallot and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Carrots mixed 662g
Celery 467g
Parsley 100g
Silverbeet 125g
Snow Peas 372g
This brings the September Harvest total to 5.5Kgs all vegetables, no fruit.

Eggs: Total for the week 45
0 from the lone Barnevelder
 24 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
 21 from the 4 Faverolles

Total Eggs for September 142
9 from the lone Barnevelder
59 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
74 from the 4 Faverolles

September of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


Kitchen Garden Wicking Bed 15:
I have cleared the Longanberry of all old growth and tied up the new growth that is emerging rapidly at this time of the year! I took the chance to clear the old Strawberry plants from the bed...I can't compete with all the pests that invade the bed! The strawberry plants have been divided to be planted in a new bed and around the garden.


So far so good with the early bean planting in Bed3, although I have covered them when frost is even a slight risk.

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Planting Plan for Spring HERE  This is updated as planting/changes occur.

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