Monday, 27 August 2012

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 7

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues:
Others from My seed box...from home saved or previous years
This may look like way too many varieties but I am growing for a couple of other people this year and I am still searching for varieties that best suit my changing climate!!!

Bean Climbing Purple King Phaseolus vulgaris from DT Brown
Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Genovese from DT Brown
  • Lettuce Leaf from Cornucopia Seeds
  • Mrs Burns Lemon from The Lost Seed
  • Sweet Genovese from Mr Fothergill's Seed Mat
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cy purpurascens from Phoenix Seeds
Capsicum California Wonder Capsicum annuum from New Gippsland Seeds
Carrot Harlequin F1 Daucus carota fom Mr Fothergill's
Carrot Early Nantes Daucus carota fom Mr Fothergill's Easy Sow Range Seed on Tape!
Celery Tendercrisp Apium graveolens var. dulce from The Lost Seed
Chives Allium schoenoprasum from DT Brown
Coriander Cilantro  Coriandrum sativum from Mr Fothergill's Organic range
Cucumber Bushy Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Cucumber Suyo Long Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Leaf Amaranth Amaranthus gangeticus from Eden Seeds
Leek Elephant Allium ampeloprasum from Digger's
Parsnip Gladiator F1 Pastinaca sativa from Mr Fothergill's
Pumpkin Kakai Hulless seeds Cucurbita pepo home saved seeds
Pumpkin Jumbo Pink Banana Cucurbita maxima Cornucopia Seeds
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut Cucurbita moschata from seed savers
Scuplit Silene inflata from The Italian Gardener
Spring Onions Allium fistulosum from DT Brown
Tomato  Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Black Russian from The Lost Seed
  • Golden Sunrise from Phoenix Seeds
  • Ida Gold Home saved seeds
Watermelon Sugarbaby  Citrullus lanatus from home saved seeds
Radish Raphanus sativus seeds some will be allowed to flower as beneficial insect attractors
Nero Tondo from Southern Harvest
Oriental Radish from DT Brown
Cheery Belle from DT Brown
French Breakfast from DT Brown
Saxa 2 from Mr Fothergill's
Beauty Heart from Mr Fothergill's
Colorati from The Italian Gardener

Other flowers and herbs will no doubt be sown, these will be listed in the propagation section of the garden logs.
Links to these suppliers are found on the Seed Supplier page
DT Brown seeds can be found just about anywhere
Most Seed Germination temperatures for these seeds are listed Here

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 6

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues...with notes.
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:
Mr Fothergill's have sent me some of their new seeds/products to try again!

 Chilli Peppers  - Chilli Shake Mix Capsicum frutescens
Optimal Soil temp 20C 

A collection of multi colours and heat levels

Hot and Spicy Sprout seed mix Radish Red Arrow Raphanus sativus, Kale Red Russian Brassica fimbriata, Broccoli Brassica oleracea
Sow all year round and harvest within a week - fast food at it's healthiest
These packs are great as you should only ever sprout seeds that are sold for sprouting (or maybe eating) others may have been treated (this applies to most retail planting seeds from any source).

Tomato - Tommy Toe Organic Lycopersicon esculentum Seed Raiser Kit
Optimal Soil temp 30C 

These kits would be great for beginner gardeners (never had anything like this when I was starting out!!) also these would make a great activity to share with your kids.
Comes complete with seeds, a large Jiffy®  Quick soil mix pellet and a re-useable mini greenhouse container.

A selection from the Johnson's Seeds range.
Each comes with good instructions on the back and their own nifty little plastic plant label on the front of the pack.

Melon - Honey Dew Cucumis melo 
Sweet melon with green flesh Fruit up to 2.5kgs with smooth skin
Optimal Soil temp 32C
These should be nice with the Rockmelons I'm growing this year

Tomato - Black Krim Lycopersicon esculentum
Dark fruit with intense flavour good for slicing, salads and cooking
Optimal Soil temp 30C 
Another yummy looking Black tomato I haven't tried yet

Parsley Root - Hamburg Atika Petroselinum crispum
Optimal Soil temp 21C 

A duel purpose veg...eat the tops like flat leaved parsley; eat the root like parsnip
I was after some of these to try this year but forgot to order any!!!

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 5

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues...with notes and reasons for choice on some. :)
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:
Select Organic Seeds

Coriander - Cilantro - Slow Bolting Coriandrum sativum
Strain best suited for fresh leaves.
Tasty leaves and seeds used.
Optimal Soil temp 17C  Seeds prefer darkness to germinate
Chosen for "Slow Bolting"

Rocket - Eruca sativa
Hardy annual salad plant.
Optimal Soil temp 21C 
Chosen as an alternative "Green"

Shallots - Bunching Onion Deep Purple Allium fistulosum
Salad onion, straight leaf, forms no bulb. Sow autumn to spring.
Red bunching variety which is highly coloured at all ages.
Optimal Soil temp 23C 
Chosen for colour and because they were listed as Shallots

Silverbeet - Erbette Beta vulgaris
Pale green leaf, thin rib, excellent texture and flavour.
Optimal Soil temp 25C 
Chosen for colour and texture

Squash Button - Jaune et Verte  Cucurbita pepo
Yellow with green striped button squash, bush plants with high yield.
Optimal Soil temp 35C 
Chosen for unusual colour

Tomato - Lycopersicon esculentum Optimal Soil temp 30C
Red Colossus
Long red fruit to 75mm, early maturing, cold tolerant, heavy cropping.
Chosen for size (for a determinate)
Rumsey's  Cross
Flat red fruit to 10cm.
Chosen for name and size
Determinates don't tend to need staking as much as taller varieties of tomatoes which is easier to manage in a wicking bed.

Sunflower  - Giant  Russian Helianthus annuus Optimal Soil temp 30C
2.5-3m tall and often giant flower heading to 30cm.
Chosen as supplement for chook feed and colour in garden
Sunfola
One yellow flower on tall plant.
Chosen as supplement for chook feed and colour in garden

Sorghum Alpha Optimal Soil temp 23C
Stock forage and grain, cover crop.
Chosen as supplement for chook feed

Chickpea -White Cicer arietinum
Optimal Soil temp 20-25C
Chosen as soil improver

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 4

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues...with notes and reasons for choice on some. :)
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:
Diggers Club
I choose not to become a member of this club but I do buy for full retail price occasionally.

Bean - Haricot Phaseolus vulgaris
Plump, creamy white beans
Young beans can be eaten fresh and green, later for  and drying.
Soak dry beans for 6-8 hours before cooking.
Optimal Soil temp 25C 
Chosen for colour of seed and their ability to be used dried (as a climbing variety).

Beetroot - Cylindra Beta vulgaris
Elongated beet that is ideal for closer spacing as the roots grow down instead of swelling out.
Optimal Soil temp 25C 
Chosen for shape (ease of slicing)

Brussels Sprouts - Ruby Brasica oleracea
Burgundy-red, nutty sprouts
Sprouts turn caviar black when cooked
Optimal Soil temp 18C 
These are for Dec planting for next autumn chosen for colour.

Celery - Dorata D' Asti Apium graveolens var. dulce
Remaining crisp and juicy without the need for blanching.
Optimal Soil temp 20C 
Chosen because the leaves don't need blanching

Pea - Golden Podded Pisum sativum
Golden yellow pods are best picked when young, and eaten pod and all.
Optimal Soil temp 23C 
Chosen for colour and because they are unusual

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 3

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues...with notes and reasons for choice on some. :)
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:
Cornucopia Seeds & Plants
They have a good range of greens that can grow through summer

Cress - Land, American Upland Barbarea vulgaris
Tolerates shade.
Optimal Soil temp 20C 
Chosen as an alternative "Green"
  
Cucumber - Giant Russian Cucumis sativus
Produces 20cm by 12cm fruits that turns from yellow to orange brown when mature.
Shows resistance to mildew and can be stored for several months.
Optimal Soil temp 35C 
Chosen for Mildew resistance, heavy bearing, ability to store
  
Orach, Mountain Spinach - Yellow Atriplex hortensis
Summer annual,  will tolerate saline soils,
Use leaves as a salad ingredient or cooked like silverbeet and spinach.
Tall, hardy plants to 1m,
Optimal Soil temp 10-26C 
Chosen as an alternative green following the success of the Purple one last year
  
Purslane - Golden Large Leaf Portulaca oleracea sativa
Larger than those of the wild herb.
Very high in vitamins and an excellent source of natural antioxidants
Grows well in hot weather
Optimal Soil temp 20C  
Chosen as an alternative green and because it doesn't need a lot of water

Spinach - Egyptian Corchorus olitorius Syn. Malu Khia, Salad Mallow, Melokhai
Very hardy. Grows quickly to 1m.
Optimal Soil temp 20C  
Chosen as an alternative green that I have grown successfully before.

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 2

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting continues...with notes and reasons for choice on some. :)
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:
Inspiration's Seeds
A new seed supplier this year with unusual varieties selected for cooler climates.

Bean - Domino Bush Phaseolus vulgaris
aka Black Turtle Bean 50 x 40 cm growth Pink flowers
Optimal Soil temp 25C  
I haven't grown actual "Black" beans before.

Bean - Pea Climbing Known as Phaseolus aegypticus or Phaseolus vulgaris
Grow to 2.5 metre have yellow, orange flowers
7cm flat green pods. Eat when small or dry for storage
Seeds half white half red
Optimal Soil temp 25C  
Chosen for colour of seed and because of their ability to be used dried

Bean Tepary - Phaseolus acutifolius
Bush growth 50 x50cm growth 5 cm Brown seeded beans 
Blue Speckled seeded
50x60cm bushy plant Pink flowers
Hood White Seeded
White Flowers 50 x 50cm growth
Optimal Soil temp 7-21C  
I have decided to grow Tepary Beans again because of their performance in hot conditions and these seed colours sounded interesting.

Sweetcorn - Black  Zea mays
Optimal Soil temp 25C
Seeds prefer darkness for germination
Chosen because I haven't seen Black Sweetcorn before!

Tomato - Oregon Spring Lycopersicon  esculentum
12cm fruit Red few seeds Determinate plant
Optimal Soil Temp 16-35C
Chosen for size (for a determinate)

Tomato - Roma Lycopersicon  esculentum
Pear shaped Best staked 
Optimal Soil Temp 16-35C
Chosen on past performance of this variety

Zucchini - Early Cucurbita pepo
Early Pale green early. Fleshy with few seeds.
Optimal Soil temp 35C at least for germination
Chosen for colour and earliness

The Seeds Have Been Chosen: Part 1

My list of seeds for Spring and Summer planting...with notes and reasons for choice on some. :)
I'll split them up into suppliers lists:

From The Lost Seed

Amaranth - Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus
Heirloom Vivid Red dented leaves
Optimal Soil temp 16-30C
Seeds need light for germination
Chosen for colour of leaf and an alternative green

Beans Bush -  Zagreb Soldier Phaseolus nanus
Yugoslavian Heirloom Mature seeds white with brown shoulders
Bush to semi-climbing
Optimal Soil temp 16-30C 15C at least for germination
Chosen for name and colour of bean seed.

Carrot - Chantanay Red Cored Daucas carota var. sativus
French heirloom origin 1800's short broad deep orange root
Optimal Soil temp 10-30C
Chosen for colour

Carrot - Purple Dragon Daucas carota var. sativus
Afghan heirloom dark violet to reddish purple sweet spicy flavour
Optimal Soil Temp 10-30C
Chosen on past performance and colour

Leek - Musselburg Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Scottish Heirloom 1834 large thick white stems green tops
Optimal Soil Temp 20C
Chosen because it is a well known type

Lettuce - Darwin Lactuca sativa
Light green wavy leaf compact plant survives in hot conditions
Slow to bolt The Lost Seed
Optimal Soil Temp 8-27C
Chosen for heat tolerance and "slow to bolt"

Lettuce - Canasta Lactuca sativa
Batavian/French heirloom
Shiny light green leaves frilled reddish edges slow to bolt
Optimal Soil temp 8-27C
Chosen for "slow to bolt"

Pumpkin - Musquee De Provence Cucurbita moschata
French heirloom very large flat fruit to 10kg cheese wheel shape
When ripe deep rich brown colour baking
Optimal Soil temp 20-32C 15C at least for germination
Chosen for name and weight.

Pumpkin - Red Warty Thing  Cucurbita maxima
Heirloom huge orange fruit with bumps or warts hard thick rind
Optimal Soil temp 20-32C 15C at least for germination
Chosen for name. What else!!!

Pumpkin - Winter Luxury Cucurbita pepo
aka Livingston's Pie russet coloured with white netting to 4kg
Small seed cavity stores well sweet flesh excellent for baking roasting pancakes etc
Optimal Soil temp 20-32C 15C at least for germination
Chosen for fast maturation, small seed cavity and multi use.

Rockmelon - Hales Best Cucumis melo
Netted skin orange flesh. Disease resistant
Optimal Soil temp 20-32C 18C at least for germination
Chosen for disease resistance

Zucchini -  Golden Cucurbita pepo
Yellow fruit  excellent flavour
Optimal Soil temp 21-35C 23C at least for germination
Chosen for flavour and past performance of this variety

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

No More FurKids :(

The Black Ninja Cat died last week. 
Thank you for all the fun you gave us.

We don't have any FurKids now and we won't be getting anymore.
We shall make the most of our Chickens 
and encourage more wildlife into the garden.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

July 2012 Totals

Scarecrow's Garden July 2012 Journal Notes:
 
Just like this tag on the Lime Verbena, that I bought from Diggers Club, my garden has been quite dormant through July. As we head into the final month of winter downunder there are small signs that the garden is waking up from it's winter hibernation.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -3.7C
Highest Min 7.2C
Lowest Max 8.1C
Highest Max 16C
42.5mm Rain

Weather Highlights?
With 11 frost days this month and days ever so slowly lengthening there are signs of new growth around the garden. The sun, when it shines, has more warmth in it now, the Faverolles are all laying again and it seems spring is just around the corner. The first Spring seeds have been sown into the warmth of the propagation tray and garden planning for Spring planting  is just about complete.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Basil Ocimum basilicum
Genovese from DT Brown *
Lettuce Leaf from Cornucopia Seeds *
Mrs Burns Lemon from The Lost Seed *
Basil Sweet Genovese from Mr Fothergill's Seed Mat *Link to post about these
Purple Ocimum basilicum cy purpurascens from Phoenix Seeds *
Capsicum California Wonder Capsicum annuum from New Gippsland Seeds *
Celery Dorata D'Asti Apium graveolens var. dulce from Digger's
Celery Tendercrisp Apium graveolens var. dulce from The Lost Seed
Cress - American Upland Barbarea vulgaris from Cornucopia Seeds
Egyptian Spinach Corchorus olitorius from Cornucopia Seeds *
Golden Purslane Portulaca oleracea from Cornucopia Seeds *
Leaf Amaranth Amaranthus gangeticus from Eden Seeds *
Leaf Amaranth Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus from The Lost Seed *
Leek Elephant Allium ampeloprasum from Digger's
Leek Musselburg Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed
Lettuce Canasta Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Lettuce Darwin Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Mountain Spinach - Yellow Orach Atriplex hortensis from Cornucopia Seeds *
Scuplit Silene inflata from The Italian Gardener
Tomato  Lycopersicon esculentum
Black Russian from The Lost Seed *
Golden Sunrise from Phoenix Seeds *
Ida Gold Home saved seeds *
Oregon Spring from Inspirations Seeds *
Oxheart Red from The Lost Seed *
Roma from Inspirations Seeds *
Rumsey's Cross from Select Organic*
Red Colossus from Select Organic*
Cat's Paw Anigozanthos humilis from Mr Fothergill's Australia's Wildflowers *

Seeds marked * have been planted into punnets of seed raising mix or Jiffy® pots and placed in or very close to the heated propagating unit housed in the old caravan.
Other seeds have peen sown into punnets or Jiffy® pots wrapped loosely in plastic near a window (but out of reach of the sun) in the old caravan.

Potting up/on:
Larkspur Delphinium consolida volunteers from a pathway
Evening Primrose Pink Oenothera speciosa that had invaded a bed

Larkspur self-seeders popping up in the pathways have been potted up to grow on and be replanted later.

Cuttings:
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa

Seedlings Planted Out:
Broad Beans Early Long Pod into the topped up Mound Bed in the Old Chook Run Garden
Onions Brown (purchased seedlings) into Bed 17 in the Old Chook Run 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, Juice and Stirfries  I have been picking Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Kale, Silverbeet,  Gotu Kola, Parcel, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we still don't have to buy much as we continue to eat out of  our stored food supply.
See side bar for details --->>>
Potatoes 891g
Celery 425g
Jerusalem Artichokes 245g

Total Eggs for July 49 eggs:
23 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
26 From the 4 Faverolles

The first blossom...on the Almond trees


The cold has made the foliage on this Silver Posie Thyme turn red


The lush growth of Green Manure has been cut and rough-hoed in


Around the garden things are stirring to life
  • Broad Beans are taking off in Bed 10
  • Romanesco Broccoli is healthy and pest free under the netting in bed 18
  • I had to buy in Brown Onions seedlings this year after more failed seed germination!!
  • Spring Onions bought from the shop were re-planted and are ready to cut as greens again.* 
 In the Water Garden Shadehouse: Watercress and Lebanese Watercress 
are providing greens for salads.

July of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


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*Check out this post with a chart of things to regrow from Scraps originally posted on Facebook here - The Healthy Hybrid - A life in transition

Friday, 3 August 2012

Cauliflower "Violet Sicilian"


Cauliflower 'Violet Sicilian' syn. Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto
 
Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group
Seeds came from Green Harvest 
Seedlings planted 25 Mar 12 from seed planted 26 Jan 12
Grown in a Wicking Bed full of hard working composting worms. 
Topped up when half grown with Alpaca poo from a friends farm.
A high mineral content is responsible for the colour. 
For full colour impact it's best eaten raw as the colour turns green when cooked.
Harvested 3 Aug 2012
Weight 566g

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