Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Phoenix Seeds Website

Phoenix Seeds where I have been buying seeds from for around 20 years now has a website!!!

They have a great range of more unusual seeds on offer. All kinds of Vegetables, hard to find Herbs,useful Flowers, Trees, Shrubs and Climbing plants.

The website has all the information that is available in the catalogue. Especially useful is the Planting Code information for each seed packet...the following is from the website:

"The planting code is composed as follows:

Habit: Annual (A); Biennial (B); Perennial (P)
Sowing procedure: sown direct in the garden (d); sown in beds or trays & transplanted later(t)
Sowing season: spring (sp); summer (su); autumn (au); winter (w); early (e)
(An item in brackets here means that the seed can be sown at this time outdoors in warmer climates or indoors in cooler climates)
Number of seed per packet (or weight in grams(g)). This item is subject to wide variation and is at best an approximation.
Time taken for seed to germinate: short (S) 0-14 days; long (L) 15-25 days; extra long (EL) 26+ days; (EEL) maybe a year or more
Optimum soil temperature for seed germination (in degrees C)
Frost tolerance (FT), Drought tolerance (DT)
Light or Dark required for germination (Light) or (Dark) "

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Slow June in the Garden...Totals

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes:

It's June and things are quiet in the garden...
  • A trial planting of the bottom ends of some shop bought Spring Onions - they have sprouted new leaves for use!
  • Like most of the garden the Snow Peas and Lettuce bed (Bed7) is covered in an attempt to lessen frost damage.
  • Small Broccoli shoots are developing.
  • And the Strawberry Tank (Tank Bed e) has been cleared, topped up with compost and re-planted.
Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -5.1C
Highest Min 10.2C
Lowest Max 8.3C
Highest Max 12.6C
24mm Rain

Weather Highlights?

There were 16 days with the chance of frost in June including the lowest -5.1C. 
Things have slowed down in the garden and very little has been sown.
Winter is a time of planning for Spring, best done sitting by the fire!


Broad (or Fava) Beans Early Long Pod into Loo Rolls in the hothouse.

Potting up/on:

Onions mixed
Pansy (purchased seedlings)
Spring Onions from bought spring onions

Planting out:
Black Cumin seedlings into an edge bed in the Main Vegetable Garden
Strawberry runners (Home grown) into Tank Bed e  in the Main Vegetable Garden
Transplanted the Jostaberry from a Tank bed into an edge bed in the Main Vegetable Garden

Dianella revoluta and then potted up

Harvest Tally for May:
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,  Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parcel, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we are eating out of  our stored food supply.
See side bar for details --->>>
Jerusalem Artichoke 154g
Lettuce Mixed 365g
Mushroom Portabello 35g
Onion Mixed 615g from storage
Peas Snow Roi De Carouby245g
Turmeric 25g
Yacon 220g go here for more info on Yacon
Total Veg Harvest for June 1.7Kgs

Lemons 10624g
Total Fruit Harvest for June  10.6Kgs

Total Eggs for June  41 eggs:
38  from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
 0 from the lone Barnevelder
 3  from the 4 Faverolles

There were a lot of hungry caterpillars and rainbows at the Grandtwins Second Birthday Party...even little MicroMan got into the party spirit!

June of Previous Years:


I have also updated the  Sowing Dates page  to reflect the start of Spring planting which begins soon!

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE 

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We ended the month by being granted and extra second!!! see here Did you notice?


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