Saturday, 16 March 2013

Tee...Peas


The sweetcorn grew well during summer...we even got to eat a few cobs! The main purpose of growing it was to provide some "homegrown" feed for the chooks during winter when the corns warming qualities will be a welcome bonus. This hopefully will offset some of the expected increases in the cost of chicken feed products due to our insane climate conditions lately!
Recently I saw a photo that sparked a thought in this old scarecrow's brain (of course I don't remember where I saw said photo). Use the stalks as a trellis (tripod, teepee) for snow peas during winter! The soil will benefit from the nitrogen from the legumes (peas) and the peas should grow to a height that will be easy to pick.
 

Soooo when I picked the cobs off the corn I also stripped off all the leaves and added the still green matter to the compost heap nearby!
 

The cobs were divided up and placed in fruit bags to protect them from bugs. They were then hung in the old storage caravan where it is warm and dry...hopefully the mice will leave them alone up there!!!

I found I could tie up three sets of stalks in a tripod fashion...only one had been damaged enough to remove so that was replaced by a homegrown bamboo, garden stake.
Back in February I sowed the seeds (Mammoth Melting Snow Peas that Mr Fothergill's had so kindly sent to me last year) into Looroll holders and the peas took off. I waited until the Early March Heatwave was over then scuffled up the ground at the base of the cornstalks and dug into the soil with my trusty mini pick (my fav garden hand tool). The seedlings were then planted still in their cardboard tubes. They went in quite deeply so that no cardboard showed above the ground because that would act as a wick and draw the precious water away from the seedlings.


As it turns out each of the (double) cornstalks is positioned next to a dripper outlet on the inline spaghetti hose I use for watering so the peas can have supplementary water if they need it (which they probably will).

The Teepees look good and I hope they will soon be covered with Snow Peas to eat.
 

To Be Updated as the peas grow......

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Update: First Week of March...

I thought with a 7 day forecast like this, that we were about to have some more rain. So I dashed around and gathered drying seeds, cleared a few beds, stripped the corn and stored away the drying cobs for the chooks to eat during winter.
Well, we didn't get a drop of rain. Instead we entered one of the hottest beginnings to March (Autumn) on record...argh!!

Temperatures:
Lowest Min 8.9C
Highest Max 32.2C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Seeds:

Sorrel Red Veined Rumex sanguineus  Green Harvest
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor The Seed Collection
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis The Seed Collection
Gypsophila Repens Rose Gypsophila repens The Seed Collection
Pansy Mini Comedy Mixed F2 Viola wittrockiana Mr Fothergill's
Dichondra repens Mr Fothergill's
Grass Blue Fescue Festuca glauca Mr Fothergill's
Grass Snowy Woodrush Luzula nivea Mr Fothergill's
Grass Bunny Tails Langurus ovatus Mr Fothergill's
Grass Green Fountain Pennistetum alopecuroides Mr Fothergill's
Note: Some of these grasses can be weeds in some areas - if growing them don't let them go to seed - remove flower heads before they dry.

 
Potting on:
Purchased Celery, Curled and Flat Leaved Parsley seedlings

Divided & Potted up:
Strawberries Alinta

Planted Out:
Garlic - the biggest cloves from the biggest bulbs from last years crop!




 




With weather forecasts like that one all I can say is...

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: February 2013:

We were lucky enough to have the Grandies visit twice in one weekend. The weather was hot so they delighted in some water play out under the front verandah and then more fun inside to dry out before they continued their trip.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 6.7C
Highest Min 20.1C
Lowest Max 20.2C
Highest Max37.3 C
35 mm Rain

Rain comparison with other years: February average is 22.6mm:
2012 56mm
2011 151mm
2010 7mm
2009 0mm
2008 1.6mm
2007 10.4mm

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 Lettuces, Amaranth & Beetroot Leaves, Parsley and Garlic Chives which are not always weighed.
Capsicum 52g
Carrots 200g
Celery 117g
Tomato Tommy Toe 559g plus many that are picked and eating while passing!!
Tomato Ida Gold 150g plus again those that are eaten in the garden
Tomato Roma 1094g
Sweetcorn 10 cobs not weighed because they were cooked as soon as they were harvested!!
Zucchini Golden 2576g
Zucchin Early 3628g
Total Veg Harvest for February 8.4Kgs

Figs 148g plus those eaten straight from the tree
Total Fruit Harvest for February 148g

Total Eggs for February:  74 eggs.
50 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals doesn't include a nest full that Sparky had laid outside!!!
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
24 From the 4 Faverolles

February of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007







Autumn seedlings are growing well beneath their net cover...safe from moths, grasshoppers and aphids. I have to keep and eye out during rainy days for slugs and snails that can still find their way under the net!!







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

Come on over to Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!

Check out my Pinterest Boards
Remember how last month I'd reached 500 followers...well the total at the end of Feb was 4,362 and continues to climb every day!! It's great to see such interest in Garden Hints and Tips which is the most popular Board.


Update: End of February


Recent rain and more to come has meant the end to production for the Zucchinis...these four plants have been very productive this year! The powdery mildew has hit but they are ready to go as they have had a long season this year.

Temperatures:
Lowest Min 11.8C
Highest Max 35.6C
36mm Rain

We had two rain events in one week! One thunderstorm that dropped 18mm overnight and a day of steady drizzle that resulted in another 18mm. This will be much appreciated in the coming weeks as beds are cleared in readiness for Autumn seedling planting.

Propagation:
Potting on:

Lettuce Gloria seedlings

Divided & Potted up:
Sorrel French Rumex scutatus from a pot purchased locally
Sorrel Garden Rumex acetosa from a clump in the garden
Strawberry runners from Bed 23

Planted out:
Brussels Sprouts Ruby seedlings
Lettuce Gloria seedlings
Both of these were planted into Bed 16 in the Old Chook Run Garden

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