Thursday, 17 October 2013

Update: Oct 1 - 15, 2013

White Currants are very popular with the birds and I rarely actually get any...this year I have covered the whole plant with a net fruit bag...maybe I will get some this time!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min -1.4C
Highest Min 14C
Lowest Max 15.6C
Highest Max 32.5C
17mm Rain

As you can see from the temperature ranges this fortnight we have had a real mixed bag weather wise! From almost hot weather one day to windy, wet and wintry weather the next. Throw in a couple of frosty mornings and I think we have just about covered it.

Propagation:
Seeds:

Basil Thai Lime Ocimum americanum var. americanum 4 Seasons seeds*

Borage White Borage officinalis 4seasons seeds*
Chamomile German Matricaria chamomilla New Gippsland Seeds*
Savory Summer Satureja hortensis New Gippsland Seeds*
Spinach Egyptian  Orchorus olitorius Cornucopia*
Spinach Mountain  Atriplex hortensis Cornucopia*
Cosmos Mixed Cosmos bipinnatus Home saved seeds
Basil Mrs Burns Lemon Ocimum basilicum/americanum The Lost Seed
Black Cumin Nigella sativa The Lost Seed
Marigold Crackerjack Tagetes erecta DT Brown
Marigold Safari Mixture Tagetes patula Yates Seed
Mexican Hyssop Agastache mexicana "Sangria" Southern Harvest

Purslane Golden  Portulca oleracea Cornucopia
The seeds marked * were sown in small pots in the greenhouse, the other seeds were direct sown around the tomato seedlings in the Old Chook Run Garden.

Potting On/Up:
Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis

Planting out:

                  Planting in the Bath Tub Bed                 

Basil Large Italian 
Basil Lettuce Leaf 
Basil Purple
Lettuce Drunken Woman
Lettuce Gloria
Tomato Bendigo Drop F6
into the Bathtub bed and Bed 11 (Fridge Wicking Bed)
Tomato Capri Showstopper F3
into the in-ground bed in the Old Chook Run (these ones are not dwarf plants so I shall just see what they produce)

While some of the spring seedlings have been planted out planting/sowing was put on hold as we had frosts forecast for Oct 14/15. Those seedlings already planted out were covered the rest were better off waiting in the greenhouse.

With frost forecast I had to grab whatever I could find to cover the new seedlings. Many of the beds are already covered with netting...mainly to keep off the birds that scratch around looking for the worms!!! The netting will raise the temperature in the beds by a couple of degrees and that often is enough to prevent damage but at this time of the year with such young seedlings I like to add a bit more security. These are removed each morning.

  

Plastic juice or milk containers with their bottoms cut off act as "hats" and with the tops on provide mini greenhouses for the seedlings... 

Styrofoam or cardboard boxes are useful for larger plants...

This perforated plastic sheeting came as part of a kit some years ago and is handy to grab and throw over the netting hoops...

Or here it is used to wrap around tomato cages. Secured by cheap shop clamps, it does the job...

Even pieces of shadecloth or old tarps, you can even use old bed sheets, come to the rescue...
  

These Trombone Gramma seedlings have grown in the cut down juice bottles that covered the direct sown seeds. These "hats" stay on during the day and the lids are added when frost threatens.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: September 2013:


September Growth:
The new Cherry Lapin produced one cherry
Cucumber seeds sown at the beginning of the month are now ready to plant outside
Tiny Tomato seedlings have grown ready for outside planting too!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -1C
Highest Min 12.4C
Lowest Max 14.3C
Highest Max 29C
13.5 mm Rain

Rain: Year To Date: 314.5mm (Average YTD: 255.7mm)
Comparison with other years:
September Average is  33.1mm:
2013 13.5mm
2012 10.5mm
2011 16mm
2010 35.5mm
2009 65.5mm
2008 11mm
2007 33.4mm

Weather Highlights?
Windy!!!!!
A warmer than average September see this link from WeatherZone South Australia's sweaty September
With dust too see this link also from WeatherZone Adelaide disappears into dust

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, Sea-Celery, Celery, Coriander, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed.
Beetroot 1151g
Brussels Sprouts 275g
Carrots 919g
Celery 857g
Kale 695g
Kohlrabi 175g
Parsley 109g

Total Veg Harvest for September 4.2Kg

No Fruit Harvest for September

Total Eggs for September:  57 eggs.
25 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
32 From the 3 Faverolles 


Red Shallots divided in Autumn have grown to provide Green Onions for salads.

September of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Update: Sept 16 - 30, 2013

The first Asparagus spears appeared this fortnight although they were not weighed because they were munched straight from the garden...a sweet, raw delight!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min -1C
Highest Min 8.3C
Lowest Max 14.3C
Highest Max 28.5C
4.5mm Rain

The last half of September was as windy as it often is. The Equinox on the 23rd always tends to bring the wind with it. This year though we have had gale force winds repeatedly. So now we head into summer which feels like it will be a long, hot and dry one. Everything is drying out very fast and rain seems scarce already...mulching has become a high priority.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Direct sown:

Cucumber Crystal Apple Cucumis sativus from Mr Fothergill's into bed 16 in Old Chook Run Garden
Trombone Gramma Cucurbita moschata from Eden seeds into the compost tank bed in Old Chook Run Garden
Squash Spaghetti Cucurbita pepo from Eden Seeds into Wicking Fridge Bed 11 in the Kitchen Garden
Sorghum Alpha from Select Organic into the Compost Bed in the Almond Area Garden
The following seeds were sown into cut down Milk/Juice Containers (See pix below) in the greenhouse
Pumpkin:
Lakota Cucurbita maxima from 4Season Seeds
Sampson Cucurbita maxima from a friend they were very old seeds so I sowed all that were left
Triamble Cucurbita maxima  from The Lost Seed
Trombone Gramma Cucurbita moschata from Eden seeds
Walthem Butternut Cucurbita moschata from 4Season Seeds
Squash Spaghetti  Cucurbita pepo  from Eden Seeds
Zucchini Cucurbita pepo
Black Beauty from Diggers
Cocozelle from The Lost Seed
Golden from The Lost Seed
Lebanese Early from Inspirations Seeds

Potting On/Up:
Basil Lettuce Leaf and Large Italian Sweet
Capsicum Sweet Paprika, Sweet Chocolate and California Wonder
Chilli Shake
Tomatoes - Kotlas, Money Maker,
Sweet Potato Slips - white, orange and purple
Grapes Black Sultana and Ruby Red

Planting out:
Basil Purple and Lettuce Leaf
Tomato Red Colossus
Into bed 3
White Currant Ribes rubrum Syn. R sativum, R silvestre, R spicatum
Gooseberry Captivator Ribes grossularia planted into the wicking bed with the Raspberries in the Almond Area Garden
Mint Orange Mentha citrata
Mint Basil Mentha basilicum
Mint common Mentha sp
Planted in amongst the fruit trees in the Almond Area Garden where I don't mind if they take off
Sweet Potato slips White and Orange a couple more into Bed 17

The warmer than normal start to spring has meant I can sow seeds directly into the soil...something I rarely am able to do.

Early sown Sweetcorn has germinated well...now to keep the snails from munching it. Late night scrunching sessions are yielding many small snails!!

These pots are what I start larger seeds off in. When they are ready for planting out the container slides off with minimal disturbance to the roots or can slide up to remain as protection for the newly planted seedling.More on this link (Growing On Pots)

I can't go without showing off these Strawberries...yummy!!!

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