Sunday, 22 April 2012

Welcome "Micro-Man"

Update: Week 3 of  April 2012 
 The Pincushion Hakea - Hakea laurina the bees love it!
Weather highlights:
Lowest Min 6.1C
Highest Max 29.8C
.5mm Rain

Propagation:
None this week

Harvest Tally:
Beans Butter 384g
Beans Purple King 291gg
Mushrooms Portebello 90g (from a kit)
Tomato Money Maker 44g
Tomato Stor Gul 326g
Tomato Silvery Fir Tree 227g
Zucchini Nero di Milano 211g

Apples Golden Delicious 1159g
Apples Red Fuji 256g
Peaches 4136g
Strawberry Guava 96g

Eggs: Total for the week 15
0  from the lone Barnevelder
15 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the 4 Faverolles



This week we welcomed our new Grandson as he settled in back at home with his family!!
He shall be known as "Micro-Man" a brother for the twins "Little Miss" and "Mini-Man".





  


When we loaded up our trailer with all the twins' gear (toys, clothes, cloth nappies...) we tried to smuggle them on board too. They had been staying at a regional town as the township they live in is too remote to have babies delivered at the local  hospital.



 

With the approach of ANZAC Day (April 25th) here in Australia it's time to harvest any frost sensitive plants...right on cue our seven day forecast has a 1C morning listed this week! So the frosts are getting closer.


 



The Rainbow Mixed Silverbeet (Chard) has grown well all summer long this year.





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.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Chilly Mornings

Update: Week 2 of April 2012

The shrouded Autumn Main Vegetable Garden

Weather Highlights:

Lowest Min 0.4C
Highest Max 24.4 C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Seeds:

Onion Piatta Di Bergamo Allium cepa  from The Italian Gardener
Onion Sweet Domenica Allium cepa from Southern Harvest
Radish Colour mix Raphanus sativus from The Italian Gardener

Potting on/up:
Tidying up the last of the brassica seedlings, potted on some Romanesco Cauliflower as I haven't any room to plant them out yet!

Cuttings:
Catmint Nepeta mussinii
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora
Muntries Kunzea pomifera
Pineapple Sage Salvia elegans
Vietnamese Mint Polygonum odoratum

Divided:
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
Shallots Red Allium cepa var. aggregatum syn. Allium ascalonicum

Planting out:
Cabbage Ethiopian Brassica abyssinicum into the Kitchen Garden

Harvest Tally:
Beans Purple King 123g
Capsicum California Wonder 294g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow Wax 129g
Carrots Mixed 157g
Leeks Bulgarian Giant 328g
Onion Stuttgart 403g
Onion Sweet Domenica 74g
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed 318g
Tomato Money Maker 403g
Tomato Stor Gul 98g

Apples Golden Delicious 2061g
Peaches 350g
Strawberry Guava 77g

Eggs:Total for the week 13
0 from the lone Barnevelder
13 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the 4 Faverolles

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.

A little "micro-man" brother for the Grandtwins arrived all safe and sound on Friday!
Photos later!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Autumn Warmth

Update: Week  1 of  April 2012: 

  Busy bees on the last of the Luffa flowers!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 4.4C
Highest Max 32.6C
1 mm Rain

Propagation:
None this week!

Harvest Tally:
Beans Butter 52g
Beans Purple King 135g
Capsicum California Wonder 350g
Squash Golden 1034g
Tomato Money Maker 870g
Zucchini Nero di Milano 330g

Apples Cox's Orange Pippin 7418g
Grapes Black Sultana 3172g
Peaches 2649g
Pear Josephine 260g
Strawberry Guava 62g

Eggs: Total for the week 11
0 from the lone Barnevelder
11 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the 4 Faverolles







The new Snow Peas were growing well in Bed 7 (MVG) but not towards the fence!!! A few sticks will show them the way. Once they grab hold of the fence there will be no stopping them!









Purple Sprouting Broccoli in Bed 1 (MVG)  is enjoying the late summer warmth...it's nearly a metre tall already!!







 The warmer weather is keeping the late Zucchinis in Bed 2 (MVG) flowering!







The Strawberry Guava in the Almond Area is fruiting right now...The Lone Barnevelder is banned from this area until all the fruit is harvested...she loves Strawberry Guava!







Amazing Growth on the Lettuces in Bed 7 in the Main Vegetable  Garden.



More photos of those Grandtwins who are staying in a town closer to us right now, so we get to see more of them. The hot day was just right for painting with water (no mess for Daddy to clean up) and eating strawberries and bananas for a favourite snack outside!!

No more eggs from the Faverolles for a while as they have gone into moult and won't be laying eggs until all their feathers grow back and the daylight hours get longer.

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, 3 April 2012

March Totals

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes:


Temperatures range for March:
Lowest Min 4.1C
Highest Min 15.3C
Lowest Max 17.6C
Highest Max 32.5C
32.5mm Rain

Rain comparison with other years:
March average is 21mm:
2012 32.5mm
2011 49.8mm
2010 7mm
2009 13mm
2008 0mm
2007 29.7mm

Harvest Tally for March:

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, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Basil, Nasturtium leaves and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans  Purple King 22g
Beans Roc D'Or 221g
Beans Runner 28g
Beetroot Chioggia 83g
Beetroot Golden Detroit 190g
Capsicum California Wonder 366g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow 38g
Carrots Mixed 140g
Cucumber Suyo Long 368g
Eggplant Casper 76g
Eggplant Long Purple 229g
Kale Red Bor 80g
Onion Stuttgart  174g
Onion Domenica  Sweet 1420g
Onion Red 255g
Parsley Curled 83g
Pumpkin Australian Butter 1226g
Pumpkin Butternut 875g
Pumpkin Triamble 14414g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 31209g
Squash Golden 3500g
Tomato Big Rainbow 328g
Tomato Money Maker 2261g
Trombone 4275g

Total Veg Harvest for March 62.3Kgs

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 1432g
Apple Jonathon 734g
Peaches  3567g

Total Fruit Harvest for March 5.7Kgs

Total Eggs for March 85 eggs:
 74 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
 0 from the lone Barnevelder
 11  from the 4 Faverolles

March of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


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.


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Latest photos from the latest visit to the 21 month old Grandtwins!
They are growing up way too fast!!!

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