Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Update: End of November 2012

Bull's Blood Beetroot ready for harvesting daily...it is added to our morning veg juice.

OK let's skip to the End of November.
Just looking at my garden "note diary" I find that at one stage this month we were at home for only 3 days in a  fortnight. We had a trip to visit the Grandkids and another double market weekend down in Adelaide. We returned home to the first heat wave for this year (and it isn't even summer yet!!!) with temperatures up over 35C for 5 days. We have been really busy with markets lately...I guess Christmas time is responsible for that!

Temperatures:
Lowest Min 3.1C
Highest Max 39.5C
5 mm Rain

Propagation:
Seeds:

Beans Bush Zagreb Soldier Phaseolus nanus from The Lost Seed Sown into Bed 5 in the Main Veg Garden - top up of earlier planting
Beans Climbing Purple King Phaseolus vulgaris from DT Brown Sown into the Trellis Bed in the Old Chook Run Garden
Beans Tepary Brown Seeded Phaseolus acutifolius from Inspirations Seeds Sown into a punnet
Cucumber Giant Russian Cucumis sativus from Cornucopia Seeds Sown into a punnet
Cucumber Revel Cucumis sativus from New Gippsland Seeds Sown into a punnet
Cucumber Suyo Long Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed Sown into Bed 20 in the Kitchen Garden
Zucchini Climbing Cucurbita pepo from Home Saved seed Sown into punnets to be planted out in the Old Chook Run to replace the seedlings the earwigs ate while we were away!!!

Potting up/on:

Kale Lacinato
American Upland Cress
Florence Fennel

Preparation for leaving the garden included installing timers on the taps. I think I'll leave these attached as they make watering the garden much less time consuming...although I do like to wander around the garden on a daily basis to check for insect damage.

I left larger pots sitting in trays and containers of water in the 70% shade of the propagation benches

Any plants that wouldn't tolerate sitting in water, like native plants and very young seedlings, were put into the shadehouse where the misting sprays were set to come on early each morning. The watering worked well in the shadehouse but the birds found their way in and dug in the moist soil...fortunately they didn't destroy many plants. Some net curtain was placed over the doorway and any gaps in the shadecloth sealed to block their entry.

The biggest disappointment was the fact that we had neither the time nor energy to net the Cherry tree before leaving...the fruit was a month off ripening but the blackbirds decided they like their cherries on the green side. We came home to find every cherry gone!!!!  We can buy more Cherries but we can't replace time spent with our Grandchildren!  They are growing up so quickly...

...Micro-man, at 7 months, is wearing the "hand-me-down" clothes his brother wore to his first birthday party.
Cherries will taste the same next year but the Grandkids will never be this age again!

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE This is updated as planting/changes occur.

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