Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Update: Sept 1 - 15, 2013

The new Cherry Lapin has produced a couple of flowers already!!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min -0.9C
Highest Min 12.4C
Lowest Max 15.3C
Highest Max 29C
9mm Rain

With the day temperatures creeping up to nearly 30C I have cautiously started seeds and sweet potato slips out in the garden beds. However frosts can still threaten so I have to be ready to cover them up at night.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Corn Sweet Kelvedon Glory F1 Zea mays DT Brown
Cucumber Cucumis sativus:
Bushy The Lost Seed
Crystal Apple Mr Fothergill's
Mini White 4Season Seeds
Honeydew Melon Tigger Cucumis melo The Lost Seed
Marigold Safari Mix Tagetes patula Yates
Marigold Tagetes patula Oranges and Lemons Growers Pride Seeds
Marigold Crackerjack Tagetes erecta DT Brown
Mouse Melon (Mexican Sour Gherkin) Melothria scabra 4Seasons Seeds
Mustard White Brassica hirta Eden Seeds
Nasturtium Alaska Tropaeolum majus Growers Pride
The Cucumber and Mouse Melon seeds were sown in the green house the rest were sown direct outside in Beds 10 & 12
Mr Fothergill's Carrot Early Nantes Seed Tape by the Grandtwins into their  Special Wicking Bed

Potting On/Up:
Basil Lettuce Leaf
Basil Large Italian
Lettuce Drunken Woman
Lettuce Darwin
Lettuce Gloria
Pinks
Dandelion Red Ribbed
Tomatoes:
Black Krim
Kotlas
Moneymaker
Red Colossus
Roma
Tommy Toe
Yellow Baby
Bendigo Drop F6
Capri Showstopper F3


Things are getting busy in the greenhouse! The potted up Tomato seedlings are put outside most days when the weather is good.

Planting out:
Pansies
Lettuce
Into the Grandtwins+1 Special Wicking Bed
Sweet Potato White, Orange and Purple slips into Bed 17 in the Old Chook Run Garden
Sticky Wattle Acacia howittii in the Orchard

Cuttings:
Pincushion Flower Mauve Scabiosa caucasica


The Sweet Potato cuttings (slips) I took at the beginning of winter have survived well. I have planted one of each variety Orange, White and Purple into their position except that the bed isn't empty yet. The plants that are still growing in the bed will provide some shelter to the new slips and by the time the Sweet Potatoes take off the other plants (beetroot and onions) should have been harvested!

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