Friday, 9 November 2012

Update: Week 1 of November 2012

 The beans are setting on the Zagreb Soldier Beans on Bed 5 a shame they had such poor germination or there would be more of them.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 5.5C
Highest Max 37.3C
5.5mm Rain

What a start to November! Sunday the temperature climbed to 37.3C. Then thunderstorms started with more than 150,000 lightning strikes during Monday sparking grass fires around the state. With the strong winds that accompanied the storms it was just as well that they brought rain as well to put those fires out. We even had a burst of hail on Monday night!! Fortunately most of the garden was covered with shadecloth because of the heat on the weekend so that kept the hail off the new seedlings.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Carrots Daucas carota var. sativus Early Nantes from Mr Fothergill's Easy Sow Seed Tape replacement half a row coz  a snail munched the seedlings!!! on Bed 12 in the Kitchen Garden area 6
Carrot Harlequin from Mr Fothergills - just a few to top up the row!
in Bed 2 MVG
Spring Onion Allium fistulosum from Goodman seeds Seed Tape in Bed 2 MVG
Sunflower  Giant  Russian Helianthus annuus from Select Organic
around the bases of Wicking Tank Beds in the Kitchen Garden  area 7
Sunflower Teddy Bear Helianthus annuus from Diggers Seeds around the bases of Wicking Tank Beds in the Kitchen Garden area 7

Potting up/on:
Basil Purple
Korean Mint
Lettuce Butternut
Lettuce Darwin
Lettuce Gloria
Lettuce Red Coral

Seedlings planted out:
California Poppy - Purple several seedlings planted in edge beds around the garden
Pumpkin Jumbo Pink Banana 4 seedlings into the ground beds in The Old Chook Run Garden
Pumpkin Musquee De Provence 2 seedlings into Bed 16 in the Almond Area Garden
Pumpkin Red Warty Thing 3 seedlings into Bed 16 in the Almond Area Garden
Pumpkin Winter Luxury 1 seedlings into Bed 16 in the Almond Area Garden
Zucchini Early 2 seedlings into the ground beds in The Old Chook Run Garden
 

Plants:
Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora by the back gateway Kitchen Garden area 1
Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius in The Old Chook Run Garden

Cuttings/Division:
Brahmi Bacopa monnieri 


  






The Fridge Wicking Beds are doing well. I recently put some mesh up for the (bush) Cucumbers to climb on and next morning they had already found the wire to hold on to. 



Still in the Fridge Wicking Beds...the Tongues of Fire Dwarf beans had a staggered germination but it allowed me to photograph the stages of growth!        






 

Black Sultana Grape Flowers









To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our Garden HERE This is updated as planting/changes occur.

Monday, 5 November 2012

October Totals

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: October 2012:

After 2 years of growth the Sweet Williams Dianthus barbatus are flowering at the bottom edge of Bed 7!

Temperature Range for October:
Lowest Min -0.9C
Highest Min 13.5C
Lowest Max 12.8C
Highest Max 32.9C
11m Rain

Rain comparison with other years: October average is 29 mm:
2012 11mm
2011 26.5mm
2010 57.5mm
2009 58mm
2008 3mm
2007 15.5mm

Harvest Tally for October:
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 Silverbeet, Gotu Kola, Lettuces, Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Asparagus 741g
Beans  Broad 183g
Carrots Mixed 1082g
Silverbeet 216g
Total Veg Harvest for October 2.3Kgs

Strawberries 138g
Total Fruit Harvest for October 138g (just beginning to harvest some fruit at last!!)

Total Eggs for October 189:
140  from the 5 Farmyard Ferals (despite each of them going broody during the month!!!)
14  from the lone Barnevelder (I found where she was hiding her nest!!)
65 from the 4 Faverolles

October of Previous Years:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

 The Black Sultana Grapevines out the back are ready to burst into flower.

I finally managed to clear most of the weeds from the Old Chook Run Garden and have started planting up the beds...the Brown Onions are growing strongly and we will soon be able to start harvesting some.

The Main Vegetable Garden Pond Edge has burst into flower attracting many beneficial insects to protect the vegetables planted in the garden.

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

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Update: Last Week of October 2012

The Potato Bed 11...the Pea Beans are reaching out to their trellis, the Potatoes have been mounded up with aged manure and soil and Horseradish has been planted in a pot nearby as a Companion Plant for the Potatoes. Now for some mulch...

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 2.5C
Highest Max 32.9C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Seeds:

Beans Haricot Phaseolus vulgaris from Diggers - direct sown into Bed 7
Beans Zagreb Soldier Phaseolus nanus from The Lost Seed - direct sown into Bed 5
Beans Tongues Of Fire Phaseolus vulgaris from New Gippsland Seeds - direct sown into FRWB 1
Beans Tepary Blue Speckled Phaseolus acutifolius from Inspirations Seeds - direct sown into FRWB 2
Chickpeas White Cicer arietinum - direct sown into the small mound Bed in the Old Chook Run
Rockmelon Hales Best Cucumis melo cantaloupensis from local seed group - direct sown into Bed 3
Sweetcorn Kelvedon Glory Zea mays from DT Brown - direct sown into the small mound bed in the Old Chook Run
Zucchini Climbing from Home Saved seeds - direct sown in the Old Chook Run in-ground bed.

Potting up/on:
Cucumber Bushy
Cucumber Suyo Long

Seedlings planted out:
Capsicum California Wonder 6 seedlings into Bed 7
Celery Dorata D' Asti 6 seedlings into Bed 8
Celery Tendercrisp 3 seedlings into Bed 8
Honey Dew Melon 6 seedlings into Bed 3
Malabar Spinach Red 1 seedling into FRWB 1 and 1 into Bed 23
Nasturtium Alaska 5 seedlings into Bed 3
Pumpkin Winter Luxury 3 seedlings into Bed 22
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut 2 seedlings into Bed 9
Squash Button  Jaune et Verte 2 seedlings into Bed 1, and 2 into Bed 13
Tomato Black Russian 5 seedlings into the large mound bed in the Old Chook Run
Tomato Golden Sunrise 4 seedlings into Bed 19
Tomato Oregon Spring 5 seedlings into Bed 18
Tomato Red Colossus 5 seedlings into Bed 18
Tomato Red Oxheart 4 seedlings  into the large mound bed in the Old Chook Run
Tomato Rumsey's Cross 2 seedlings into Bed 18
Tomato Tommy Toe 1 seedling into Bed 23
Watermelon Sugarbaby 5 seedlings into Bed 13
Zucchini Early 2 seedlings into Bed 1
Zucchini Golden 2 seedlings into Bed 1, and 2 into Bed 13

Cuttings/Division:
Basil Red



The Basil seedlings are slow to grow this year so I bought a "Red Basil" As this is a single plant and bursting to flower I thought I'd take some cuttings to prune it's growth a little. These very soft cuttings should take root in a jar of water...hopefully increasing my supply of Basil.


Some of those early planted Zagreb Soldier Beans are flowering already...not so the Purple Kings in Bed 3 I think I'll need to replace those ones...not all experiments work out well!!

The Golden Podded Peas growing on the cage in Bed 6 are podding up now and providing great shelter for newly planted Cucumber seedlings beneath them.

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE This is updated as planting/changes occur.

This link has some useful tips about growing food plants in shade...along with a list of 40 plants that will grow in partial shade.


For more information:
On Seed Starting go to The Food Gardening For Beginners Part 6 Getting Your Seeds To Grow 
On Cuttings go to The Food Gardening For Beginners Part 7 Taking Cuttings

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