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:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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4 comments:

  1. That zucchini so does impress me. Mine that I planted early spring had finished by end of summer. I will have to try planting a couple in late summer to see it I too can have zukes in spring and winter.

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    1. I'm sure you would be able to keep zucchinis producing for longer than I can where you are...it's getting very cold up here now so I think this Zuke's days are numbered. But I saw another couple on the plant this morning!

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  2. May is a slow harvest month for me. Summery things pretty much done and the wintery things not quite ready. But oh that rain, it was just so nice.
    Sorry to hear the fox took one of your chooks.

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    1. Great news about your rain, ours has really brought winter with it.
      Yes the chook run has been fortified somewhat and they are tucked up in bed each night. Grr! We have never really had much of a fox problem here in town but they must be getting hungrier.

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