Monday, 11 November 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: October 2013:

October Growth:
The Tomatoes are off and growing despite the cold mornings we have been having this month.
These Bendigo Drop F6* started the month still in the greenhouse, now they are in their permanent positions and all are bearing flowers!

Temperatures this month:

Lowest Min -1.8C
Highest Min 17.4C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 36.3C
13.5 mm Rain

Rain: Year To Date: 343.5mm (Average YTD: 269.2mm)
Comparison with other years:
October Average is 29mm:
2013 13.5mm
2012 11mm
2011 26.5mm
2010 57.5mm
2009 58mm
2008 3mm
2007 15.5mm

Weather Highlights?
Most of the rain fell on the morning of the first of October since then we have had no more than 1mm on any day!
Taking 2C as the potential frost temperature we have had 10 potentially frosty mornings this month...add on a couple more just above 2C and I have had a lot of covering and uncovering of new seedlings to do this month but so far no frost damage.

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 Silverbeet, Celery, Coriander, Cress, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed. 
Asparagus 510g
Beetroot 265g
Broad Beans 1504g
Celery 68g
Garlic 1650g
Kale 250g
Spring Onions 156g
Sugar Snap Peas 330g

Total Veg Harvest for October 4.6Kg

Strawberries 282g

Total Fruit Harvest for October 282g

Total Eggs for October:   62 eggs.
20 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
42 From the 3 Faverolles

October of Previous Years:

Direct sown Sweetcorn Has been covered on any night that the forecast hints of frost. Seen here on the 1st and 29th of October.

In Wicking Bed 3 the Red Colossus Tomatoes were an early planting but are growing well beneath their Vege Net cover.

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*These Tomatoes are part of the Dwarf Tomato Project to read more about it go here


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