Friday, 16 August 2013

Update: Aug 1 - 15, 2013

We don't often get Magpies in the birdbaths but this one was having a great time.

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min -3.1C
Highest Min 8.9C
Lowest Max 12.6C
Highest Max 18.9C
3mm Rain

The weather is a real mixed bag at the moment with beautiful sunny warm days followed by miserable drizzly days. Early morning frosts then windy days! The days are slowly lengthening as Spring very slowly approaches.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Alyssum Gold Dust Aurinia saxatilis Goodman Seeds
Basil Ocimum basilicum

  • Sweet Genovese Green Harvest *
  • Lettuce Leaf Cornucopia *
  • Thai Home saved Seeds
  • Minette Yates (Free Seed)
  • Large Italian Sweet The Lost Seed
  • Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens Phoenix seeds **OOD
Basil Thai Lime Ocimum americanum var. americanum 4Seasons Seeds
Borage White Borago officinalis  4Seasons Seeds
Dandelion Red Rib Chicorium intybus The Lost Seed
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Greenpatch **OOD
Helichrysum Semi Dwarf Bouquet Helichryssum bracteatum Eden Seeds
Kang Kong Ipomoea aquatica Phoenix seeds **OOD
Lettuce Lactuca sativa

  • Drunken Woman The Lost Seed
  • Gloria Select Organic **OOD
  • Darwin The Lost Seed **OOD 
Okahijiki (Land Seaweed, Japanese Saltwort) Salsola komarovii 4Seasons Seeds
Pink Old Fashioned Mixed Dianthus plumaris Mr Fothergill's
Strawberry Yellow Wonder Fragaria vesca 4Seasons Seeds
Strawberry White Soul Fragaria vesca 4Seasons Seeds

* No Expiry Dates on Packet Grr!!
** OOD = "Out of Date" either purchased on special or from my stash...they may or may not grow.

Potting On/Up:

Capsicum California Wonder
Capsicum Sweet Paprika
Capsicum Sweet Chocolate
Chilli Pepper Chilli Shake
Eggplant Long Purple  (just one so far)
Eggplant Casper (just one so far)
Lettuce Everlasting
Silverbeet Bright Lights

Planting out:
Red Choi Cabbage small seedlings
Spinach Galilee small seedlings
Peas Golden Podded seedlings
Into Bed 15 in the Old Chook Run Garden
Peas Sugarsnap seedlings
To grow up the trellis in the Old Chook Run Garden


As the Red Choi bolts to seed I've planted out another lot. 

With so much rain this winter the Snowpeas on the cornstalks grew very top heavy...the high humidity made the stalks weaken...then the extreme winds we are having...well the whole lot collapsed. We had a lovely harvest from them while they lasted and now they have been added to the mound bed in the Old Chook Run Garden to feed some corn next summer!

Getting ready to sow the Tomato seeds this weekend!!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Greens Planting Time...

 
With many of the Capsicum seedlings being potted on and out of the heated propagation tray I have room for some Basil seeds to go in! Looking through my "Greens" seed box I found many varieties of Basil as well as some new ones for this year. So along with a few varieties of Lettuce and flowers/herbs I set about sowing seeds!

Yesterday - punnets were cleaned and the seed raising mix prepared. This year I'm using Vermiculite with Coir (that has been soaked in a Rainwater mixture of Seaweed and Fish emulsion) in about equal parts.

This morning - cut some labels out of some margarine containers in the recycling store (I'm going to miss things like this when that store runs dry). Find a 4B lead pencil for writing on them.
As the labels were written the details from each seed packet are added to the list on the laptop. See list below which will also appear in the Garden Log later in the month.


Outside -  sort the seeds, some will go on the heated propagation tray** (Basil, Kang Kong and something new to me this year Okahijiki) and others are headed for the greenhouse (Lettuce, Flowers and other Herbs)

Fill the punnets...squashing them on top of each other helps to firm the mixture. It also leaves an indent in the mixture for placing the seeds. Pop the seeds in - not too many in each punnets cell or you'll end up with way too many seedlings to look after...just like I always do. 

Cover with a layer of fine mix over the top (more for larger seeds...supposed to cover them with twice their size in mixture) 

 Carefully label each of the punnets, don't mix them up.

Water with a fine spray of rainwater mixed with a pinch or so of Epsom Salts which is supposed to aid germination.

Take trays to their destination - propagation tray or greenhouse. The seeds in the greenhouse will be covered with plastic at night to keep some warmth in.

** If you don't have a heated tray use another source of heat...on top of hot water storage tank, the fridge or even a warm window sill inside.

The seed List...
Alyssum Gold Dust Aurinia saxatilis - Goodman Seeds
Basil Ocimum basilicum -

  • Sweet Genovese - Green Harvest
  • Lettuce Leaf - Cornucopia Seeds
  • Minette - Yates
  • Large Italian Sweet - The Lost Seed
  • Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens - Phoenix seeds
Thai Lime Basil Ocimum americanum var. americanum - 4Seasons Seeds
Borage White Borago officinalis  - 4Seasons Seeds
Dandelion Red Rib Chicorium intybus - The Lost Seed
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis - Greenpatch Seeds
Helichrysum (Paper Daisy) Semi Dwarf Bouquet Helichryssum bracteatum - Eden Seeds
Kang Kong Ipomoea aquatica - Phoenix Seeds
Lettuce Lactuca sativa -

  • Drunken Woman - The Lost Seed
  • Gloria - Select Organic
  • Darwin - The Lost Seed
Okahijiki (Land Seaweed, Japanese Saltwort) Salsola komarovii - 4Seasons Seeds
Pink Old Fashioned Mixed Dianthus plumaris - Mr Fothergill's Seeds
Strawberry Yellow Wonder Fragaria vesca - 4Seasons Seeds
Strawberry White Soul Fragaria vesca - 4Seasons Seeds

For further information on Seed Raising Check out - Growing From Seed

Friday, 9 August 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: July 2013:

Mid July and time to start the Spring Seed Sowing...Capsicum, Chilli and Eggplant seeds went into the heated propagation unit.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -2.7C
Highest Min 10.8C
Lowest Max 7.9C
Highest Max 19C
65 mm Rain

Rain: Year To Date: 297mm (Average YTD: 185.6mm)
Comparison with other years:
July Average is 33.6mm:
2013 65mm
2012  42.5mm
2011 45mm
2010 27.5mm
2009 35mm
2008 36mm
2007 16.5mm

Weather Highlights?
Another wet month...the farmers are loving it! It is very unusual for us to be having such high levels of humidity too.

Propagation:
Seeds:

These seeds were started in the first half of July and kept in the greenhouse...
Cabbage Portugal Summer Couve Tronchuda Brassica oleracea tronchuda Eden Seeds
Cabbage Red Choi Brassica rapa var. chinensis (F1 Hybrid) Green Harvest
Lettuce Australian Yellow Lactuca sativa Greenpatch these were OODs (Out Of Date)  from a shop in Adelaide
Lettuce Brown Romain Lactuca sativa Greenpatch these were OODs  from a shop in Adelaide
Lettuce Everlasting Lactuca sativa Greenpatch these were OODs  from a shop in Adelaide
Silverbeet Bright Lights Beta vulgaris Eden Seeds
Soup Celery aka Chinese Celery Apium graveolens Old Home Saved Seeds
Spinach Galilee Spinacia oleracea Green Harvest

The following seeds were started on the heated propagation tray in Mid July...
Capsicum California Wonder Capsicum annum New Gippsland seeds & bulbs
Capsicum Sweet Chocolate Capsicum annum Green Harvest
Capsicum Sweet Paprika Capsicum annum Green Harvest
Chilli Pepper Chilli Shake (mix) Capsicum frutescens Mr Fothergill's
Eggplant Casper Solanum melongena Eden Seed
Eggplant Long Purple Solanum melongena Digger's (Old Seed)

Peas seeds went into loo roll holders and were germinated in the greenhouse also in mid July...
Pea Golden Podded Pisum sativum Digger's
Peas Sugarsnap Climbing Pisum sativum Yates Seeds

Potting On/Up:
Grapevines - dug up from chook run fences which are being moved.
Rhubarb Crowns (purchased) for planting out later
Larkspur seedlings

Planting out:
Early Long Pod Broad Bean seedlings into the Edge Bed in the Kitchen Garden and Bed 14
Brown Onion purchased seedlings into Bed 1
Potatoes Dutch Cream bought locally early experiment!

Cuttings:
Grapevine unknown??
Blue daisy Felicia amelloides variegata

Fruit Tree Purchase:

Apple Leprechaun (Dwarf Granny Smith)
Cherry Lapin
Pear Beurre Bosc
 

The Grandtwins +1 came for a visit with their mum and stayed overnight!! They got to see what a real frosty morning is like and helped PoppyDoc in his toy workshop and found something other than purple carrots to eat in the garden...Lettuce!!

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, Chinese Broccoli, Celery, Coriander, Cress, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we continue to eat out of  our stored food supply.
See side bar for details --->>>
Beetroot 845g
Broccoli Chinese 133g
Broccoli 675g
Carrots 265g
Celery 461g
Kale 559g
Kohlrabi 173g
Parsnip 80g
Peas Snow 80g
Radish 72g
Silverbeet 50g
Sweet Potato 381g
Yacon 62g

Total Veg Harvest for July 3.7Kg

Lemons 970g
Tangelo  428g

Total Fruit Harvest for July 1.4Kg

Total Eggs for July:  21 eggs.
16 From the 1 Farmyard Feral**
 5 From the 3 Faverolles
**We have lived at this site for nearly twenty years and now for the first time we have had a series fox attacks on the chooks! We now only have 4 chooks left, we will not buy any replacements until we securely  re-build the chook runs and add another coop...work on this has begun. 


Clearing for the new Chook Run and House that will be close by the Faverolles house for easy maintenance...meanwhile Doc is thinking of all the room we have made for more sheds for a toy workshop expansion!!!

July of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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