Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A Cool Change...

Time to pick the Basil for drying...the rain that came with the cool change has boosted the growth of the various types of Basil I have growing this year.
1) Lettuce Leaf Basil is kept bushy by pinching out the flowering tips as they appear.
2) Sweet Genovese Basil, a main cropper
3) Purple Basil, a favourite because of the little pink flowers it produces and the dark coloured leaves
4 )Minette, a new one this year, again would've been better if I had pinched out the flowers as it grew.

Well it seems as if the whole of the Mid North and other regions of SA must have been out doing rain dances because the Bangor Fire area received around 75mm of (flooding!!) rain on Friday (14th Feb) to finally put that fire out!

Potting On:
Kale Lacinato
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix
Lettuce Darwin
Perpetual Spinach
Spinach Viking
Also I have potted on lots of plants and cuttings on the potting table...

Planting Out:
Feb 21st
Garlic Rocambole Allium species just one bulb's worth at the end of Bed 9
Shallots  Red Allium cepa were divided and cleaned (the rain had made many soggy and a couple mouldy) then planted out into Bed 14 the Loganberry Bed

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown on the 2nd and also from 5th through until 1pm on the 7th of March. I'll be popping in more Lettuce seeds as well as some cooler weather greens like Coriander, Parsley, Corn Salad, Mesclun Mix, Chinese Celery and some more European Spinach. 

General Seed Raising Here on this link
For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

For information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.

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