Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Update: June 1 - 15, 2013

Fungi is sprouting everywhere...the old rotting wood wet from rain has sprouted!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 1.8C
Highest Max 13.9C
54  mm Rain

All I've got to say about the weather is that it is cold and wet but it is winter now so we have to expect cold weather...

Potting On/Up:

Pansy Mini Comedy Mixed F2 Viola wittrockiana
Lettuce Green and Red Salad Mix
NZ Spinach Tetragonia tetragonoides volunteers from the Herb Spiral

Planting out:
White Onion Seedlings (purchased) into Beds 8 and 3
Red Clover seedlings planted around the Orange tree in the Old Chook Run Garden
Coreopsis, Coriander and Calendula seedlings into the Herb Bed by the Fridge Beds
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis next to the Grapevine in  the Herb Bed by the Fridge Beds. It is a Companion Plant to Grapevines! See here

Fig Ficus carica after pruning back
Grandfather Sage Salvia apiana

I have removed the Dwarf Peas from the back of Bed 3 as they seem to have grown too fast and set pods when small...must have been the warmer weather in Autumn. I managed to fit 2 rows of White Onions seedlings in their place.

In Bed 8 I have put a double row of White Onions around the edge of the tank and planted some excess Red Cabbages in the middle...with cabbages in the bed I needed to cover it with more netting.

Seedlings of Coreopsis, Coriander and Calendula as well as a small Hyssop have been planted around the birdbath in the new Herb Bed next to the fridge beds!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: May 2013:

May Growth:
That 'Early' Zucchini is still producing zukes...I have picked the large one I've been saving for seed
The Snow Peas have grown so tall that I have started pinching out the tips...these are eaten as Pea Shoots
The Kohl Rabi in Bed 2 are starting to 'bulb' up
When I looked inside the Shaded Water Garden recently I found the bathtub full of fresh new Watercress.

Temperatures this month:

Lowest Min 1.4C
Highest Min 13.6C
Lowest Max 13C
Highest Max 27.1C
48 mm Rain Last reading at 4:45pm on 31 May 13

Rain: Year To Date: 115.5mm (Average YTD: 119.1mm)
Comparison with other years:
May Average is 31.1mm:
2013 48 mm
2012  9mm
2011 40mm
2010 55.8mm
2009 11.5mm
2008 49mm
2007 30.2mm

Weather Highlights?
From days of high twenties the temperature dropped in the middle of the month and now we are lucky to have a day over 15C. Late in the month we had ice on the cars and buckets so that means the frosts have arrived.

This Month:
With only one weekend away this month it's been a chance to get out in the garden. Often jobs are hurried to beat coming rain events. The weather has turned cold quickly this year slowing the growth of weeds but these cold temps also mean the vegetables will slow their growth.

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 Amaranth, Silverbeet, English Spinach, Chinese Broccoli, Celery, Cress, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot and Sweet Potato Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed.
Carrots 552g
Cucumber 252g
Peas 172g
Snow Peas 231g
Radish 55g
Zucchini Early 1960g
Seed Zucchini 2647g
Total Veg Harvest for May 3.2Kgs not counting the seed zucchini
Grapes 368g
Lemons 796g
Total Fruit Harvest for May 1.2Kg

Total Eggs for May: 34 eggs. 

34 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
0 From the 3 Faverolles - we lost one to a fox this month :(

May of Previous Years:

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