Saturday, 31 March 2012

Late Season Peaches...yum!!!

Update March Week 4 :
Finally a couple of Luffas are forming...I was pleased that they had at least grown for the first time in my garden. Now I wonder if they will grow big enough before our frosts start???

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 4.1C
Highest Max 30.9C
2mm Rain

Propagation:
Seeds:

Cima Di Rapa Brassica rapa from The Italian Gardener
Coriander Coriandrum sativum from home saved seed
Corn Salad (Lamb's Lettuce/Mache) Valerianella locusta from The Italian Gardener (organic)
Spinach - America Spinacea oleracea from The Italian Gardener (organic)
Primula Lollopops Primula malacoides from DT Brown
Snapdragon Brighton Rock Mixed Antirrhinum majus from Mr Fothergill's

Potting up/on:
Onion Tropea rossa lunga
Onion Red Rossa
Beetroot Bulls Blood
Beetroot Heirloom Mix
Beetroot Forono
Black Cumin
Parsley Curled plants rescued from clearing Bed 3
Parsley Italian seedlings from here
Silverbeet White Silver extra seedlings from here

Seedlings planted out:
Into Bed 7 in the Main Veg Garden:
Peas Climbing Snow Mammoth Melting - seedlings from seed sown 3 Mar 12
Lettuce Drunken Woman - seedlings from seed sown 23 Feb 12
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix - seedlings from seed sown 23 Feb 12
Shallots planted along the far edge away from the peas
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby into Bed 20 in theKitchen Garden - seedlings from seed sown 3 Mar 12

Into Bed 3 in the Main Veg Garden:
Cauliflower Mini seedlings from seed sown 26 Jan 12
Cauliflower Violet Sicillian seedlings from seed sown 26 Jan 12
The bed has now been covered with Vege Net
Into Bed 2 covered with food nets until the Zucchinis have all been harvested
Kale Moreton's Mixed - seedlings from seeds sown 26 Dec 11
Into Tank bed F went:
Parcel seedlings from seeds sown late last year
Chervil seedlings from seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Love in a Mist seedlings from seed sown 23 Feb 12
Basil Sweet Genovese (from here ) seedlings planted into a Wicking Box in the hot/greenhouse

Cuttings/Division:
Divided a pot of Horseradish Armoracia rusticana syn. Cochlearia armoracia into five new plants
info link

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.
Beetroot Chioggia 83g
Beetroot Golden Detroit 190g
Kale Red Bor 80g
Onion Stuttgart 174g
Onions Sweet Domenica 587g
Parsley Curled 83g
Pumpkin Australian Butter 350g
Pumpkin Triamble 675g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 3000g
Tomato Money Maker 499g

Apple Jonathon 734g
Peaches 2162g


Eggs: Total for the week
25 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
0 From the 4 Faverolles

 



Roi de Carouby Peas Snow planted into Wicking Tank Bed 20 in the kitchen garden! They are  getting attacked by grasshoppers but seem to be coping ok!




 
 






The Brassica greens in Bed 4 are growing well behind their Vege Net protection and are almost ready to pick to give the growing garlic room to develop.







  



The Potatoes in the Autumn trial patch 
(Bed 5) have been covered with some netting as there are Plague Locusts in our area and they love potato tops!!





 
Haven't had many of these peaches for a few years but this year they are delicious.  I have made  jam,  chutney, and stewed some and they would be good for bottling if we have enough left after doing all that. 
I don't know the variety as the parent tree was already growing here when we moved in 18 years ago! That tree never produced a crop that didn't split just as the fruit was ripening. This tree is one of it's seedling offspring and the fruit has never split!
 


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

Friday, 30 March 2012

White Silver Silverbeet




Included in the box of goodies from Mr Fothergill's Seeds was a box of JiffyEasy Pots.

I notice these Jiffy® products are now made with a mixture of peat, wood pulp and coir pitch.
These little pots are ideal for sowing larger seeds in and they lessen transplant shock because you just plant the whole pot into the ground because the pots are 100% Organic and 100% biodegrabable.
Each pot comes with it's own little Quick Soil Mix compressed pellet

To activate these pellets just pour over warm water...I stood them in a shallow container because the pots have a hole in the base! Add some more water until the pellet just about reaches the top of the pot. These little pots are also great for striking cuttings.
 

 Included in the box they sent me was a packet of Silver Beet White Silver seeds from Mr Fothergill's Organic seed range. so I thought they would be ideal to start off in these little pots.

I made a small hole in the top of the soil added one seed and filled the hole in. Easy!
I only added one seed because silver beet seeds can contain several seeds in a cluster and more than one often germinates.



Within days the seedlings were up and as soon as they are big enough they will be planted pot and all!!
Keep an eye on the pots and as soon as the soil turns a light brown colour it's time to water them.

Once again I would be interested to hear if anyone else has tried these little pots and how you went. Either leave a comment below or feel free to email me.

Still more from the box of goodies soon...

Friday, 23 March 2012

Bed 7: Peas and Greens

Clearing the way for peas!

Bed 7 in the Main Veg Garden - where I grew dwarf beans with gourds growing up the fence over summer.

The Tongues of Fire Beans produce over 1 kg of tasty green beans with red blotches and I also saved enough seed for planting next year. It may not seem like a large total but when you consider we are not supposed to be able to grow beans up here due to salinity problems I am very pleased with the results this year.

The gourds started off well but had a bout of powdery mildew in our more humid than usual summer this year. Recently they had sprung back to life and even began flowering but it would have been too late for any gourds to develop now before the threat of frosts (beginning soon!). I am pleased with the 9 gourds I have collected from the vines and these are now drying off.

Time to think about autumn planting...earlier this month I sowed some Spinach seeds directly into the space cleared by removing the beans. Some began to germinate but disappeared overnight! A quick search through the mulch layer revealed not only the usual slaters, millipedes and earwigs but also snails and slugs!

I removed the mulch layer and let the Faverolles play with it for a while...had I let them loose in the garden they would have removed most of the worms as well!

Time to sow some peas!

When I grow peas in Wicking Beds I like to give them a head start by sowing the seeds into cardboard rolls (off toilet rolls). These act like root trainers encouraging the roots to grow straight down to the bottom of the roll.

Soon after the roots have appeared at the base of the roll I plant the whole lot into the wicking bed. This means that the roots are already about ten centimetres below the surface which happens to be the depth that the wicking action is working best.

Care should be taken to bury all of the cardboard below the surface of the soil or the cardboard will act to wick any moisture to be evaporated. That would defeat the whole purpose of having a wicking bed and would make the soil around the peas dry out much too quickly. If it is not possible or desirable to bury the cardboard completely it could be very carefully removed and discarded. Try not to disturb the roots of the young plants while doing this though.

Fortunately for me that box of goodies from Mr Fothergill's contained a packet of Mammoth Melting Climbing Snow Peas just in time for an autumn planting!

The seeds from Mr Fothergill's were up and growing strong within ten days after sowing and ready to plant out!

Peas planted out with Lettuce seedlings protected by cut down plastic bottles.
Just in case I missed some slugs or snails :)

Already off to a head start in their loo roll trainers and with a bed cleared of mini beasties I am looking forward to a decent crop.

I have popped in a few Lettuce seedlings, shall re-sow some more Spinach this weekend and along with the Parcel that survived attack, it should round off this bed nicely.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Split Pumpkins Won't Keep

Update March Week 3 :

It didn't take very much rain to split this pumpkin
...it will be turned into soup straight away
as it won't keep with a crack like that in it.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 9.4C
Highest Max 29.4C
19mm Rain

Propagation:
Seedlings planted out:
Cauliflower (Broccoli) Romanesco into Bed 9

Cuttings/Division:
Yarrow Yellow Achillea millefolium cuttings

Next Week To Do:
Plant those Peas and some Lettuce seedlings out
Sow more Spinach and Cima Di Rapa and Coriander on 25th-28th Mar
And still to do from last week because life got busy!
Clean out Faverolles' house
Clear and tidy driveway with Doc's help!

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.
Beans Roc D'Or 30g
Capsicum California Wonder 83g
Carrots Mixed 140g
Onions Sweet Domenica 196g
Pumpkin Butternut 875g
Pumpkin Triamble 3399g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 12168g
Tomato Money Maker 291g
Trombone 4275g

Peaches 1444g

Eggs: total for the week 19
19 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
0 From the 4 Faverolles

The pea seeds sown on the 3rd March have germinated very quickly
and are ready to plant out!

The JAP Pumpkin was very slow to take off but now is extremely vigorous and is setting fruit...hopefully they will grow to a decent size quickly before the frosts start!

The Trombone plants in the old chook run have hijacked the cucumber trellis...but in the wind last week one broke off. I cooked it up and it tasted very good even though it didn't look ripe!

We finally have some zucchinis developing on the plants
of the late crop from seeds sown 3rd Dec 2011.

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

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Early Garlic

Update: March Week 2 :

Some volunteer Nasturtium seedlings were removed from Bed 4 to make room for an early crop of Garlic. The idea is that by the time the Garlic is growing strongly the Brassica Greens (Mizuna, Red Choi, Bekana and Rapini) will has finished production and been harvested.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 7.1C
Highest Max 32C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Seeds:
Beetroot Beta vulgaris
  • Bulls Blood from New Gippsland Seeds
  • Heirloom Mix from Diggers
  • Forono from DT Brown
Carrot Early Nantes Daucas carota from Mr Fothergill's into a wicking box
Onion Allium cepa
  • Red Rossa from Grower's Pride - a favourite and reliable Red variety
  • Tonda Musona Organic - large, round and white skinned and fleshed
  • Piatta Di Bergamo - aka "Flat onion from Bergamo" a small, flat, reddish-brown onion
  • Tropea rossa lunga - known as the torpedo or bottle shaped onion, a red variety!
These last three were from from The Italian Gardener
Radish Beauty Heart Raphanus sativus from Mr Fothergill's into a wicking box
Radish Oriental Raphanus sativus from DT Brown direct sown into Bed 20

Potting up/on:
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Cabbage Red from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Cabbage Verona from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Chervil Curled from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Lemon Verbena from cuttings taken
Lettuce Drunken Woman from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12
Nasturtiums volunteers removed when planting Garlic in Bed 4
Parsley Triple Curled from bought seedlings
Poached Egg Plant from Seeds sown 23 Feb 12

Seedlings planted out:
Kale Tuscan Black
Kale Red Bor
Kale Moretons Mix - some light green varieties
Planted into Bed 19
Mizuna Purple in Bed 12
Broccoli Green Dome in Bed 12

Planting:
Garlic a mixture of cloves saved from last years crop plus a few cloves from some organic garlic from the markets planted into Bed 4
Garlic Elephant saved from last years crop planted with the Kale in Bed 19

Cuttings/Division:
Lemon scented Geranium Pelargonium crispum minor
Ivy Leaf Geranium Pelargonium peltatum various colours
'Borrowed' from a friends house

Next Week To Do:
Prepare beds for more seedling planting
Plant Pea seedlings as soon as roots show at the base of the loo rolls.
Clean out Faverolles' house
Clear and tidy driveway with Doc's help!

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.
Beans Roc D'Or 191g
Capsicum California Wonder 283g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow Wax 38g
Eggplant Casper 76g
Eggplant Long Purple 229g
Onions Sweet Domenica 318g
Pumpkin Australian Butter 876g
Tomato Money Maker 1079g

Eggs: total for the week 20
15 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
5 From the 4 Faverolles

Bed 19 which is really in the front garden now has been cleared and had the soil refreshed with well rotted cow manure and Neutrog organic fertilizer. A mixture of Kale seedlings have been planted and a net placed over the bed. This will keep off the moths and also the grasshoppers (locusts) that are hanging around at the moment.

As this area is being re-designed with young children in mind the edge of the tank has been covered over with a length of hose split down the middle and attached with cable ties.

Bed 20 on the other side of the Cob Oven has also been tidied a length of dog mesh cut from the old front dividing fence was just the right size to wrap around the bed. This will allow some peas to climb up. The shadecloth was attached to lessen the shock of the final blast of summer sun on the Beetroot that has spent most of the summer under the leaves of other plants. It will be removed before the peas go in and more hose will be attached to the edges of the tank.

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

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Magazine Winner!

Well it was easy to pick a winner of the March Gardening Australia magazine!


If you could Email Me your details I'll get the Morey Media folks to send you out a copy.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Italian Parsley Pot

Kitchen Garden Pot - Italian Parsley
The next item in my box of goodies from Mr Fothergill's was a Kitchen Garden Pot of Italian Parsley.

These pots are designed for growing on windowsills and each is a complete kit that contains all (including soil) you will need to grow tasty Italian Parsley all year round on your sunny kitchen windowsill.

Parsley is so useful in cooking you should never be without a fresh supply!

You simply open the lid, take out the seed packet (and the card in the lid) and locate the two compressed growing blocks.
Place the blocks on top of each other with the larger on on the bottom.
Then fill the pot with 275ml of warm water.
The blocks quickly expand to almost fill the pot.
Sow the seeds on the top of the soil mix and cover them lightly.
Put the clear lid back on and leave the pot in a cool airy spot.
Check it ever so often to make sure the soil mix is moist...I didn't need to water mine until after the seeds had germinated and I had removed the lid.

The seeds were up in 10 days which I think is very fast for parsley seeds that are usually very slow to germinate! I will remove a few of the seedlings for planting out in the garden and leave just 2-3 seedlings in the pot.

There are more of these Kitchen Garden Pots including herbs Basil, Chives and Coriander (for leaf), some fruiting veg Tomato Florida Basket, Chilli Jalapeno and even Strawberry Temptation! These are a great alternative for people with little garden space.

Once again I would be interested to hear if anyone else has tried these little pots and how you went. Either leave a comment below or feel free to Email Me.

Still more from the box of goodies soon...

Friday, 9 March 2012

Time to Pick the Pumpkins

Update: March Week 1:

The Pumpkin Harvest has begun.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.9C
Highest Max 24.7C
11.5mm Rain
The weather has been much cooler this week with night temperatures mostly under 12C

Propagation:
Seeds:
Peas Climbing Snow Mammoth Melting Pisum sativum from Mr Fothergill's
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon Home Saved Seed

Potting up/on:
Kale Tuscan Black
Kale Red Bor
Cauliflower Violet Sicillian
Cauliflower Mini
Broccoli Romanesco
Broccoli Green Dome

Seeds Saved:
Celery
Buckwheat
Parsley Flat and Curled leaved

Next Week To Do:
Sow Carrots - 10th - 13th March in Wicking Boxes
Plant Garlic (plus Elephant Garlic) cloves into Bed 4 and edge beds - 10th - 13th March

I still have some tasks to do from last week - I have been helping Doc in the workshop this week!
Pot on Lettuce and Cabbage seedlings
Prepare Bed 9 for planting Romanesco Cauliflower
Clear Bed 19 -
Plant Kale Red Bor into Bed 19 after topping up with compost and attach netting
Tidy Bed 20 - remove Kale and Celery

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.
Beans Purple King 22g
Beans Runner 28g
Cucumber Suyo Long 368g
Onions Red 255g
Onions Sweet Domenica 319g
Pumpkin Triamble 10340g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 16041g
Squash Golden 3500g
Tomato Big Rainbow 328g
Tomato Money Maker 1079g

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 1432g

Eggs: Total for the week 21
15 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
6 From the 4 Faverolles

The pumpkins need to be sun cured for a couple of weeks for better storage. This is only half the pumpkins to be harvested!!!
Often this can be done on a shed roof or concrete path. I have commandeered Doc's old bread rack to store the pumpkins in...he even said I could move the whole rack (it's on wheels) into his workshop if the weather changes!! Doc loves his pumpkins...

Peas have been sown into loo rolls sitting in simple baskets to allow air circulation. As soon as the roots reach the bottom of the rolls the seedlings will be planted into Wicking Beds with all the cardboard below ground level. The cardboard must be covered when planted out to prevent water being "wicked" to the surface where it will be evaporated.
Meanwhile old fridge racks are placed over the baskets to prevent the birds stealing the emerging seedlings!

As suspected the rain has triggered
a million weeds into germination!

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

Thursday, 8 March 2012

March Gardening Australia Magazine

The March edition of Gardening Australia Magazine is out and once again I have one to give away!

This month has a feature on one of my favourite flowers...it's South Australia's floral emblem. The Sturt's Desert Pea...see this link from 2007 for some photos of them growing wild up north where our son and his family live!

There is a great article from Josh Byrne about an "Urban Orchard" in the centre of Perth in Western Australia which is actually growing on top of a multistorey car park!

Great hints and things to do in the Garden Diary for March...with a reminder that Autumn is the best time to plant Native trees and shrubs...I think I have a few to plant out this year.Also the time of year to plant out spring flowering bulbs with hints on ground preparation!

This month Millie Ross is brewing up some Beer...using Ginger and beer made with Hops and she explains some other uses for Hops and includes some useful information on growing Hops.

And to cap it all off Maggie Beer tells us all about growing (in great detail) and cooking with Apples just in time for the new season apple crop!

Magazine Giveaway!!!

Once again, thanks to the people at Morey Media, who do the PR for Gardening Australia,
I am giving away one copy of the March Gardening Australia magazine to one of my blog or facebook page readers!

For a chance to have a free copy of the October Gardening Australia Magazine sent to you just mention the magazine when you leave a comment here on the blog below or on Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page (here) and I'll put all your names in a hat and get Doc to draw a winner at noon on Monday 12th March so be sure to come back and check if you have been the lucky winner.

Please note draw changed to TUESDAY at noon! See Here

Check out the Gardening Australia website here

Or join in the fun on their Facebook page here

This giveaway has now ended

Saturday, 3 March 2012

February Totals:

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: February 2012:

Summer has ended just in time for the Grapevines...
...they say it's Autumn already!

Temperature range for February:
Lowest Min 4.6C
Highest Min 21.6C
Lowest Max 21C
Highest Max 36.7C
56 mm Rain (last check of the rain gauge was at 5:30pm on the 29th)

Rain comparison with other years: February average is 22.6mm:
2012 56mm
2011 151mm
2010 7mm
2009 0mm
2008 1.6mm
2007 10.4mm

Harvest Tally for February:
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 Kale, Silverbeet, Leaf Amaranth, Purple Orach, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Basil, Nasturtium leaves and new Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans Gourmet Delight 55g
Beans Purple King 527g
Capsicum California Wonder 1251g
Carrots Mixed 536g
Cucumber Suyo Long 2153g
Garlic Elephant 150g
Leeks Bulgarian Giant 122g
Melon Tigger 460g
Onion Red 131g
Potato Brownell 323g
Pumpkin Blue Ballet 515g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 2992g
Rockmelon Hearts Of Gold 3170
Silverbeet 132g
Squash Acorn Table Queen 2054g
Tomato Big Rainbow 627g
Tomato Black Cherry 52g
Tomato Ida Gold 64g
Tomato Money Maker 3003g
Tomato Stor Gul 950g

Total Veg Harvest for February 19.3kgs

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 1901g
Cossack Pineapple 348g
Grapes Black Sultana 11910g
Nashi Fruit 338g
Pear William 1158g
Plums (tree 2) 1110g

Total Fruit Harvest for February 16.8kgs

Total Eggs for February: 85
51 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the lone Barnevelder (she had a summer holiday :) )
34 from the 4 Faverolles

February of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

The garden is full of these busy little Blue Banded Native Bees (Amegilla cingulata) busily buzzing around the flowers! info link

Some interesting Fungi grows from potting mixes!

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

Come on over to the new look Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Wet End To Summer

Update: February Week 4:

Cabbage seedlings up in days and almost ready to pot up!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 11.9C
Highest Max 36.4C
56 mm Rain (last check of the rain gauge at 5:30pm on the 29th Feb)

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil - Sweet Genovese Ocimum basilicum from Mr Fothergill's
Black Cumin Nigella sativa from The Lost Seed
Cabbage - Early Jersey Wakefield Brassica oleracea from The Lost Seed
Cabbage - Red Express Brassica oleracea from Southern Harvest Seeds
Cabbage - Verona Purple Savoy Brassica oleracea from The Lost Seed
Chervil - Curled Anthriscus cerefolium from The Lost Seed
Corn Salad (Lamb's Lettuce/Mache) Valerianella locusta from The Italian Gardener (organic)
Heartsease - Johnny Jump Up Viola triclour from DT Brown
Lettuce - Drunken Woman Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Lettuce - Red & Green Salad Lactuca sativa from DT Brown
Love in a Mist - Miss Jekyll Nigella damascena from Mr Fothergill's
Parsley - Italian Leaf Petroselinum hortense from Mr Fothergill's
Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes douglasii from Mr Fothergill's
SilverBeet - White Silver Beta vulagris from Mr Fothergill's (organic)
Sweet Pea - Bijou Mixed Colours Lathyrus odoratus from Home Saved Seeds
Viola - Edible Mix Viola cornuta from The Lost Seed
Viola - Large Flowered Mixed Viola cornuta from Mr Fothergill's
Direct Sown into Bed 6 Main Veg Garden:
Spinach - America Spinacea oleracea from The Italian Gardener (organic)

Planting Out:
Bed 1 Main Veg Garden:
Purple Sprouting Broccoli Brassica oleracea from - Seedlings planted 27 Feb 12 from seeds sown 26 Dec 11
Bed 4 Main Veg Garden:
Brassica - Asian Greens mixed planted 27 Feb 12 from seeds sown 26 Jan 12:
Cabbage Red Choi Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Mizuna Purple Brassica rapa Japonica Group
Cima Di Rapa Brassica rapa

Next Week To Do:
Sow Pea seeds into loo rolls
Pot on Lettuce and Cabbage seedlings
Prepare Bed 9 for planting Romanesco Cauliflower, leaving Runner Beans on trellis.
Clear Bed 19 - save some seeds off the Purple Orach
Plant Kale Red Bor into Bed 19 after topping up with compost and attach netting
Tidy Bed 20 - remove Kale and Celery
Begin to cut back excess growth of the Pumpkin Jungle in the Old Chook Run

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.
Beans Purple King 186g
Carrots Mixed 270g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 2992g
Rockmelon Hearts Of Gold 335g
Tomato Big Rainbow 320g
Tomato Money Maker 888g
Tomato Stor Gul 153g

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 717g
Black Sultana Grapes 120g
Nashi Fruit 338g
Pear Willliam 606g

Eggs: total for the week 28
14 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
14 From the 4 Faverolles

After the change on Sunday and with cooler, cloudy (even wet!) conditions forecast all week I have removed most of the shade covers in the Main Veg Garden. Just in time for some lovely soaking rain.

With the rain falling steadily all day on the 29 Feb I took the chance to spread some Neutrog Rapid Raiser Fertiliser around the Grape Vines and Citrus trees. The rain will help it wash in. Earlier in the week on a promise of rain I spread some Neutrog Seamungus into all the potted plants and watered that in.

The newly planted brassica seedlings have to be covered with netting to keep the pesky cabbage moths away...Vege net on Bed 4 and some temporary table covers over the Broccoli in Bed 1. Seeds sown have already germinated and are ready for potting on.

The Pumpkin harvest has begun from
down in the Pumpkin Jungle!!!

In the back the Trombones have continued their rampant growth with quite a few zeppelin sized trombones lurking under all that growth!

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the new Planting Plan for Autumn HERE
This will be updated as planting occurs.

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