Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas Greetings

It's often a challenge to have ripe tomatoes for Christmas Day 
in the cool/temperate parts of Australia...
...most years we manage it.

Have a Safe and Happy holiday break everybody.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Update: Dec Week 1, 2013

I have lots of tiny tomatoes developing around the, in Bed 3, the Red Collossus fruits are growing quickly.

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 7.4C
Highest Min 19.6C
Lowest Max 20.4C
Highest Max 40.3C
12mm Rain

The first week of summer has brought some stormy rain after a couple of very hot days.
The stormy weather brought all the snails out of hiding...

Here is how you can tell if the silvery trails in your garden are from slugs or snails...from


Basil Sweet Genovese Ocimum basilicum From Mr Fothergill's (Seed Mats)

This is my favourite little garden bed just by the back door...with Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Bushy Cucumbers, Casper Eggplant (white), Long Purple Eggplant, Chilli Shake Chillies and a couple of Minette Basil seedlings. It has recently been mulched with sugarcane which has led to a bit of earwig damage but the plants are big enough now to withstand a few holey leaves. I am looking forward to the first harvests from this bed.

The first Zucchinis for the year have been harvested and eaten...

Friday, 6 December 2013

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: November 2013:

Not much has been happening in the garden...

Doc's Mum helping in the garden during 2011.

This November is a month I would rather forget. The only positive thing was that we spent a lot of time with all our family...the reason was the negative. 
Doc's dear, sweet mother lost her battle with Alzheimer's last week. At only 74 years of age it was tragic to watch what this disease did to someone we loved. In many ways her loss is a (very sad) relief.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 1.2C
Highest Min 14.8C
Lowest Max 18.4C
Highest Max 37.3C
1 mm Rain which fell as scattered, light showers during the month

Year To Date: 347mm (Average YTD: 285.9mm)
Comparison with other years:
November Average is 25.7mm:
2013 1mm
2012 5mm
2011 79.5mm
2010 19.5mm
2009 55mm
2008 55mm
2007 60mm
2006 19.6mm

Weather Highlights?
Very dry with temperatures rising...

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, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed.
Kale 125g
Red Onions 897g
Silverbeet 48og
Sugarsnap Peas 50g

Total Veg Harvest for November 1.5Kg

Apricots 3857g

Total Fruit Harvest for November 3.8Kg

Total Eggs for November:   54 eggs.
25 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
29 From the 3 Faverolles

November of Previous Years:

2006 This Blog is seven years old this month!!

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