Saturday, 22 September 2012

Update: Week 3 of September 2012




Looks like I will be able to start to harvest these new Lettuce seedlings soon and with some thundery showers this week they should really take off! Just removing a few leaves as needed for a salad should mean I can keep using these ones until the summer greens take over. I have sown a second round of "Greens" seeds this week...some of the other plantings have been a bit slow to germinate.

Weather highlights:
Lowest Min -1.4C
Highest Max 25.1C
5.5  mm Rain

Propagation:
Seeds:

Alfalfa Medicago sativa from Phoenix Seeds
Amaranth Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus from The Lost Seed
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens from Phoenix Seeds
Basil Sweet Genovese Ocimum basilicum From Mr Fothergill's (Seed Mats)
Borage Borago officinalis from Home Saved Seeds
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum from Home Saved Seed
Chamomile German (Annual) Matricaria chamomilla from New Gippsland Seeds
Coriander Cilantro Coriandrum sativum from Select Organic
Cosmos Pink Stripe Cosmos bipinnatus from Home Saved seeds
Cosmos Purity Cosmos bipinnatus from Mr Fothergill's
Cosmos Sensations Mixed Cosmos bipinnatus from DT Brown
Egyptian Spinach Corchorus olitorius from Cornucopia Seeds
Fennel Florence Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum from Phoenix seeds
Golden Purslane Portulaca oleracea from Cornucopia Seeds
Korean Mint Agastache rugosa from Eden Seeds
Lettuce Canasta Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Lettuce Gloria Lactuca sativa from Select Organic
Malabar Spinach Red Basella rubra from Cornucopia Seeds
Marigold Crackerjack Tagetes erecta from DT Brown
Marigold Oranges and Lemons Tagetes patula from Growers Pride
Mexican Hyssop Agastache mexicana 'Sangria' from Southern Harvest Seeds
Mountain Spinach Yellow Atriplex hortensis from Cornucopia Seeds
Nasturtium Alaska  Tropaeolum majus from Growers Pride
Nasturtium Jewel Mixed  Tropaeolum majus from DT Brown
Nasturtium Milkmaid Tropaeolum majus from Diggers
Phacelia tanacetifolia from Phoenix seeds
Portulaca Portulaca grandiflora from local market stall
Queen Anne's Lace Ammi majus from Cornucopia Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense var. sativum from Phoenix Seeds
Rocket Eruca sativa from Select Organic
Salvia Blaze Of Fire Salvia splendens from Mr Fothergill's
Silverbeet Erbette Beta vulgaris cicla from Select Organic

Summer Savory Satureja hortensis from New Gippsland Seeds
Vietnamese Balm Elsholtzia ciliata from Green Harvest
Zinnia Mixed colours Zinnia elegans from Eden Seeds

Cuttings:
Lavender English Lavendula angustifolia

Planting out:
Lebanese Watercress into bed 23 by the back door...these seedlings had self sown in one of the boxes in the shaded water garden.
Pansy seedlings
Strawberry runners these went into the beds by the front verandah.

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, Shallot and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Celery 125g

Eggs: Total for the week 36:
3 from the lone Barnevelder
14 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
19 from the 4 Faverolles







The Snow Peas in Bed 7 have struggled through the winter with frosts and then an attack of powdery mildew. With the weather warming they have put on new growth and are flowering profusely. Pods are setting...I am glad I haven't had time to pull them out yet!




 

 






The Broad Beans in the tank Wicking bed (Bed10) needed to be tied up for support during the windy days. They are now flowering (with their delightful aroma). The bees are busy, and the pods are setting and growing fast!




 





 





 


Flowers are everywhere around the edge beds especially Calendulas, African Daisies and look! the Cherry Tree is flowering...can't wait for this year's harvest.

 







 


 
Hidden away in the warmth of the greenhouse the cucurbits have nearly all germinated...it won't be very long now until they can be planted outside...not just yet though we still have frosts on the forecasts.

 




 


 
As we had two markets down in Adelaide last weekend we decided to stay at a caravan park...trust Doc to find a friendly family of ducks to feed in the morning...it was a very peaceful setting to stay in.


 








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

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Update: Week 2 of September 2012

 The Faverolles have been out in the Main Vegetable Garden helping to catch a few of those European Earwigs that are such a pest in early Spring.  A short update for this week as we are busy with Markets this weekend.

Weather highlights:
Lowest Min -1C
Highest Max 25.9C
0.5  mm Rain

Propagation:
Potting on/up:

Leeks Musselburg
Tomato Black Krim
Tomato Tommy Toe

Planting Out:
Potato Spunta from Tasmanian Gourmet Potatoes
Potato Purple Sapphire  from Tasmanian Gourmet Potatoes
Potato Pontiac  from Mr Fothergill's I bought these when the ordered ones were taking a long time to arrive!!
These were planted into Wicking Bed 11 in the Kitchen Garden


Cuttings:
Grapevine Black Sultana

Division:
Yacon
Strawberry Runners

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, Shallot and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Carrots Mixed 1505g

Eggs: Total for the week 22 (only 5 days)
3  from the lone Barnevelder
7  from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
12 from the 4 Faverolles

 
 At last the wind settled enough to bring the tomato seedlings outside for some sunshine...I put them safely back into the greenhouse each night as we are still getting frosts!

  
In an effort to lower pest numbers I have cleared between the beds...it was mainly Dandelions growing there so the chooks got some extra greens in the bargain!




The Lettuces in Bed 7 are beginning to bolt with the warmer days...I am hopeful of continuing to harvest these for salads until the new planting by the back door (Bed 23 in the Kitchen Garden) is big enough to harvest!







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

Saturday, 8 September 2012

September Week 1

Update: Week  1 of September 2012...
 
Now that the Spring sowing season has arrived I am hoping to return to weekly Garden Log updates... 



The garden this week as beds are cleared they are topped up with well rotted horse manure.

Weather highlights:
Lowest Min -1.4C
Highest Max 24.8C
3.5  mm Rain

Weather Notes:
The week began with chilly, frosty (and foggy) mornings but by Tuesday the temperature was up to 24.8C and strong northerly winds began to blow. The wind continued through to Friday but the temperature had dropped and we even had a little rain...

Propagation:
Seeds:

Beetroot Cylindra Beta vulgaris from Diggers Seeds
Onion Spring Allium fistulosum from DT Brown
Shallot Bunching Deep Purple Allium fistulosum from Select Organic
Californian Poppies Purple Eschscholzia californica form Diggers (thanks to a friend for sharing)  These seeds all went into punnets.
Carrots Daucas carota var. sativus Early Nantes from Mr Fothergill's Easy Sow Seed Tape
Parsnip Gladiator F1 Pastinaca sativa From Mr Fothergill's

These were directly sown into bed 12 in the Kitchen Garden

Potting on/up:
Sunflowers Prado Red volunteers from the garden
Capsicum California Wonder
Celery Dorata D' Asti
Chinese Artichokes thinned out from last years pots

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.
Carrot Mixed 220g
Cauliflower Romanesco 1041g
Cauliflower Sicilian Violet 617g
Celery 238g
Kale Mixed 105g
Silverbeet 107g

Eggs: Total for the week 39:
 3 from the lone Barnevelder
 17 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
 19 from the 4 Faverolles



                                          The seedlings are again filling the greenhouse benches...

The tiny Tomato seedlings are growing strongly. Hopefully I will be able to take them out into the sunshine when the wind dies down!!!

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

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

August 2012 Totals

Scarecrow's Garden August 2012 Journal Notes:

Plum Blossom
If it wasn't for the frosts I might be tempted to say Spring is here already...

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -2.7C
Highest Min 8.1C
Lowest Max 9.6 C
Highest Max 21.5 C
20 mm Rain

Weather Highlights?
12 potential frost days this month and only 1 maximum under 10C. Up here we have had  some rain just in time for local farmers who were talking about ploughing in crops already, hopefully not now...

Propagation:
Seeds:

Bean - Pea Climbing Known as Phaseolus aegypticus or Phaseolus vulgaris from Inspiration's Seeds
Bean Climbing - Purple King Phaseolus vulgaris from DT Brown
Beans Bush -  Zagreb Soldier Phaseolus nanus from The Lost Seed
Chilli Peppers  - Chilli Shake Mix Capsicum frutescens* From Mr Fothergill's
Cucumber - Giant Russian Cucumis sativus from Cornucopia Seeds
Cucumber - Bushy Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Cucumber - Suyo Long Cucumis sativus from The Lost Seed
Melon - Honey Dew Cucumis melo from Johnson's Seeds
Peas - Golden Podded Pisum sativum from Digger's Seeds
Pumpkin - Musquee De Provence Cucurbita moschata from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin - Red Warty Thing  Cucurbita maxima from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin - Winter Luxury Cucurbita pepo from The Lost Seed
Pumpkin  - Jumbo Pink Banana Cucurbita maxima from Cornucopia Seeds
Pumpkin - Kakai Hulless seeds Cucurbita pepo home saved seeds
Pumpkin - Wrinkled Butternut Cucurbita moschata from seed savers
Rockmelon - Hales Best  Cucumis melo from The Lost Seed
Squash Button - Jaune et Verte  Cucurbita pepo from Select Organic
Tomato  - Black Krim Lycopersicon esculentum* from Johnsons Seeds
Tomato - Tommy Toe Organic Lycopersicon esculentum# Seed Raiser from Mr Fothergill's
Watermelon - Sugarbaby  Citrullus lanatus from home saved seeds
Zucchini -  Golden Cucurbita pepo from The Lost Seed
Zucchini - Early Cucurbita pepo from Inspiration's Seeds
* these seeds were sown into Jiffy® Pots and placed on the heated propagation unit
# these seeds were sown into a Seed Raiser Kit from Mr Fothergill's
the remaining seeds were sown into cut down milk containers or loo rolls (beans) and were placed in the green house



Potting up/on:
Celery Tendercrisp
Cress - American Upland
Leek Elephant
Lettuce Canasta
Lettuce Darwin
Orach Purple Atriplex hortensis from volunteers around the garden
Scuplit
Tomatoes 
Black Russian 
Golden Sunrise
Ida Gold Home
Oregon Spring 
Oxheart Red
Roma
Rumsey's Cross
Red Colossus

Cuttings:
Thyme Lemon
Sage Common

Seedlings/Plants Planted Out:
Beetroot Golden
Beetroot Bull's Blood
Peas Golden Podded
Planted into Bed 6 in the Main Veg Garden
Purchased Parsley and Lettuce Seedlings I didn't keep up with the sowing through winter!!!
Purchased Strawberry plants
Planted into the newly constructed Bed 23 in the Kitchen Garden



A new wicking bed has been made using a small kit from the cheapo shop. It's just right for some handy Lettuces, Parsley and a couple of Strawberries...maybe a small Tomato later.

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 continue to eat out of  our stored food supply.
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Beetroot Mixed 255g
Cauliflower Mini 172g
Cauliflower Sicilian Violet 566g
Celery 306g
Jerusalem Artichokes 125g
Kale Mixed 100g
Leeks 85g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby42g
Silverbeet 105g

Total Eggs for August 129 eggs:
85 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
44 From the 4 Faverolles

August of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the soon to be  updated Map of our place HERE

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In the news this week...
NSW school bans handstands and cartwheels in the school playground!!! Read more...
Looks like this fellow would be banned too...


 
...apart from the fact there would probably never be snow there anyway...
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