Thursday, 21 February 2013

Update: Mid February

Busy busy busy! Our Markets are back on now after a break over January plus a week spent in Adelaide on family matters... The Strawberry runners I potted up have developed strong roots and are ready for separation from the mother plants!

Temperatures:
Lowest Min 6.7C
Highest Max 37.3C
1mm Rain

Storm clouds keep promising rain but not much arrives. The temperatures have been high but fortunately no heatwaves. With only about 1mm of rain since mid December the soil is very dry, we could use a decent downpour as we prepare beds for Autumn planting.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Beetroot Beta vulgaris
Bulls Blood New Gippsland Seeds & Bulbs
Golden Detroit 4Seasons Seeds
Cylindra Diggers Seeds
These went into seed trays after soaking overnight in rainwater
Coriander Coriandrum sativum Cilantro Select Organic
Coriander Coriandrum sativum Cilantro Mr Fothergill's Organic range
Miner's Lettuce Montia perfoliata Phoenix Seeds
Rocket  Eruca sativa Select Organic
These were scattered in pots that live under the back pergola
Peas Pisum sativum
Climbing Snow Peas Mammoth Melting Mr Fothergill's
Dwarf Peas Onward DT Brown
Sown in Loo Roll centres for planting as soon as the roots are visible below the cardboard

Potted on:
Beetroot - Bulls Blood, Golden Detroit. Cylindra 

Silverbeet
Stevia cuttings

Planted out:
Basil Genovese seedlings into pergola pots

Free Seeds:

 
This week I had a surprise package arrive from Mr Fothergill's a great collection including:
Pansy Mini Comedy Mixed F2 Viola wittrockiana
Calendula Lemon Daisy Calendula officinalis
Sweet Pea Hi Scent Lathyrus odoratus
Dichondra repens
Grass Blue Fescue Festuca glauca
Grass Snowy Woodrush Luzula nivea
Grass Bunny Tails Langurus ovatus
Grass Green Fountain Pennistetum alopecuroides
Onion Early Californian Red Allium cepa *Easy Sow Seed tape
Spinach Viking Spinacia oleracea *Easy Sow Seed tape
Pak Choi Brassica rapa var. chinensis *Easy Sow Seed tape
Broccoli Italian Sprouting Brassica oleracea *Easy Sow Seed tape
Little Gardeners Mini Strawberry Growing Kit
Little Gardeners Lolly Plant (Stevia) Growing Kit


The others came via a $10 voucher to spend at a newly discovered (via facebook) supplier The Seed Collection. I'm looking forward to trying these seeds as it's a "no frills" supplier...with seed packs from $1 and free postage over $5  I was able to choose 10 packs of seeds.
Alyssum Royal Carpet Lobularia maritima
Broccoli Chinese Kailaan Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra
Cabbage Red Dutch Brassica oleracea var. capitata
Cauliflower Macerata Green Brassica oleracea botrytis
Kohl Rabi Purple Vienna Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes
Coriander Coriandrum sativum
Onion Gladalan White Allium cepa
Gypsophila Repens Rose Gypsophila repens
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor
Gotta love freebies!! Just in time for more autumn sowing.


Meanwhile around the Garden...


Capsicums forming in Bed 7

Cucumbers on the cage around Bed 20

Pink Lady Finger Grapes on the fence line bagged and growing bigger

A mosquito net over the pots under the pergola will not only stop the birds digging the soil up but will also keep the moths and grasshoppers out.

Jumbo Pink Banana Pumpkins hiding under the corn in the Old Chook Run Garden

 
I'm waiting for rain to help with autumn bed preparation but the seedlings are coming along nicely

The recently cleared Strawberry Tank Bed (e), where the plants look much healthier now they have been trimmed and fed.
 
By the looks of this bee activity I should be getting at least a couple of Red Warty Thing Pumpkins this year...pumpkin numbers are low this year I didn't plant many and they didn't like early heatwaves we had.

 No such problem in Bed 1 where the Zucchini plants are still producing well

 
The Tangelo tree over in the Almond area has survived a spring bug attack and has set about 8 fruit...we should get to taste this fruit for the first time since planting the tree 6 years ago...citrus are very slow over here.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Journal Notes: January 2013:

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: January 2013:
 

At last some Sweetcorn yum!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 5.2C
Highest Min 20.4C
Lowest Max 23.1C
Highest Max 42.6C
No Recorded Rainfall

Rain comparison with other years: January average is 22.6mm:
2013 0mm
2012 20.5mm
2011 12.5mm
2010 15.5mm
2009 0.4mm
2008 0mm
2007 92.6mm

Weather Highlights?
After 13 days of over 35C temperatures this month the heat finally stopped in the last week when the highest max was only 28C.
No rain fell for the whole month.


Harvest Tally:
For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Amaranth, Lettuce, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans 68g
Carrots 264g
Cucumber 149g
Potatoes 780g
Sweetcorn 210g
Tomato Black Russian 79g
Tomato Ida Gold 488g
Tomato Oregon Spring 6507g
Tomato Red Colossus 833g
Tomato Roma 1907g
Tomato Tommy Toe 1185g
Zucchini Early 7288g
Zucchini Golden 2461g
Total Veg Harvest for January  22Kgs

Apples Cox's Orange Pippin 1998g
Apricots 6484g
Total Fruit Harvest for January 8.5Kg

Total Eggs for January:  58 eggs.
25 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals (who have finally just stopped being broody!!)
18 From the Lone Barnevelder
15 From the 4 Faverolles (who did not like the hot weather and all but one decided it was a good time to moult)

January of Previous Years:

2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE This is about to be updated as a major revamp of the whole garden is planned...many beds are on the list to go!!

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Cooler End to January

Update: Last week of January
 
 The Echinacea survived the heat and has decided to flower for the first time in my garden.

Temperatures:
Lowest Min 5.3C
Highest Max 37.1C after this the temperature didn't go above 28C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Potting on:

Alfalfa
Ruby Brussels Sprouts as they germinate
Kale Vates Blue Curled
Broccoli Royal Dome
Greek Basil
Basil Genovese
Celery
Pomegranate from a cutting

Divided and Potted up:
Stevia
Lebanese Cress

Planted out:
Basil Genovese
Silverbeet seedling
Upland Cress seedlings
Lebanese Cress pieces

Cuttings/Layered:
Elderberry
Strawberry Runners



With the cooler weather I have at last been able to sort through the propagation tables. Some seedlings have finally made it into the garden while the autumn seeds are germinating quickly and being potted up as this happens.
I thought I'd lost the Stevia plant during the heatwave...it's quite temperamental really. Several times I have watched it's leaves frizzle back to nothing or be eaten to the ground by some little pest and then it suddenly sprouts new growth from the base. This time I have divided the plant into two new ones. One day I might be able to harvest some of those extremely sweet leaves. I'm not sure what I'd use them for though as I rarely add sugar to things these days...and I would need to harvest and dry a significant amount to use in any baking!!


I recently watched this episode from Bits out The Back Here where Rob Bob took a heap of runners off his strawberry patch so when I found a few  runners on the new Strawberry plants (Hokowase) out the back...
...I now have 7 little pots hidden amongst the strawberries. These were new plants purchased last winter otherwise I wouldn't bother with runners from old plants.
I do need to remind myself to water them though as this bed is a wicking bed and not one I normally hand water. 

The new Upland Cress seedlings I have planted in the same bed should help me remember as I like to hand water new seedlings for a couple of weeks when planted into the wicking beds.

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