Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Lowest Min 1.2C
Highest Min 12.1C
Lowest Max 18.4C
Highest Max 34.9C
No Recorded Rain
Amaranth Red Mekong Amaranthus gangeticus Home Saved Seed
Cosmos Candy Stripe and Purity Cosmos bipinnatus from Mr Fothergills
Nasturtium Gleam Trailing Tropaeolum majus from Goodman Seeds
Nasturtium Jewel Mixed Tropaeolum majus from DT Brown
Sunflower Giant Russian and Sunfola Helianthus annuus from Select Organic
Cucumber Crystal Apple Cucumis sativus Mr Fothergill's
Cucumber Suyo Long Cucumis sativus Home Saved Seed
Cucumber Mini White Cucumis sativus 4Seasons Seeds
Beans Tongues of Fire and Gourmet Delight Home Grown (HG) seedlings as top up planting in Bed 3
Beans Domino HG Seedlings in Bed with the Sweetcorn in Bed 9
Capsicum California Wonder x4 and Sweet Chocolate x2 HG Seedlings into bed 5
Capsicum Sweet Paprika x6 and Purple Basil x3 HG Seedlings in Bed 13
Celery purchased seedlings went into the Bathtub Bed and the spare Wicking Bed in the Orchard Area
Cucumber Mini White x4 HG Seedlings into bed 3
Pumpkin Butternut x6 HG Seedlings into bed 4
Cucumber Bushy x3, Tomato Yellow Baby Pear x2, Chilli Shake x2, Eggplant Casper x1. Eggplant Long Purple x1 and a couple of Basil Minette plants into Bed 6 all HG Seedlings
Zucchini Early HG Seedlings into bed 8
in the Almond area
Monday, 11 November 2013
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:
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.
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.
Broad Beans 1504g
Spring Onions 156g
Sugar Snap Peas 330g
Total Veg Harvest for October 4.6Kg
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
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Springtime means Earwigs in the garden. Just when you are trying to plant out tender young seedlings...they disappear over night if not protected. Trapping the earwigs in tins of water with oil is one way of reducing their numbers when you don't have time to be checking hose traps everyday!
Lowest Min -1.8C
Highest Min 17.4C
Lowest Max 16.4C
Highest Max 36.3C
I think the numbers above tell the story...frost one day then hot the next...usual for this time of the year.
Beans Climbing Snake Black Seeded Vigna unguiculata var. sequipedalis Eden Seeds
Beans Climbing Snake Red Dragon Vigna unguiculata var. sesquipedalis Green Harvest
Beans Dwarf Gourmet Delight Phaseolus vulgaris New Gippsland Seeds
Beans Dwarf Tongues of Fire Phaseolus vulgaris New Gippsland Seeds
Beans Winged Psophocarpus tetragonolobus Green Harvest
Chickpeas White Cicer arietinum Select Organic
Mouse Melon Mexican Sour Gherkin Melothria scabra 4Seasons Seeds
Most of the Beans were direct sown but a back up of 6-8 of each were sown in the greenhouse...just as well since most of the climbers have been eaten by earwigs as they emerge!
Cossack Pineapple Physalis pruinosa volunteer seedlings
Basil Large Leaf Italian
Tomato Roma x 3
Tomato Tommy Toe x 4
Into Bed 7
Tomato Kotlas x 4
Tomato Money Maker x 2
Tomato Black Krim x 2
Into the spare Wicking Bed in the Orchard Area
Wangaporoa Crown, Sampson, Trombone, Spaghetti Squash,
Into the Compost (Bed 20) in the Almond Area Garden
Zucchini Golden x 2
Zucchini Black x 2
Zucchini Cocozelle x 2
Into Bed 10
Rock Rose Pink
When Bed 6 was cleared it was full of earwigs...so the Faverolles came out and cleaned it up! Then I needed to top up the bed with more compost worms since they didn't just eat the earwigs!
The garden has been full of Hoverflies (Family Syrphidae) this year...here they are visiting the Loganberry Flowers
When started to cut back the Carob tree we found it was covered with pods this year.
The Strawberries are ripening...yum!