Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: January 2014:
This month I have been harvesting Tomatoes, Beans, Cucumbers and Blackberries plus more!
Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 8.9C
Highest Min 28.1C
Lowest Max 22.6C
Highest Max 43.4C
Comparison with other years: January average is 22.6mm:
15 days over 35C and 10 of those over 40C...a cool change (in between two heatwaves) that lasted a week and brought 9mm of rain...that's Summer in South Australia!!!
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 Amaranth, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans Dwarf 864g
Cucumber Bushy 552g
Cucumber Crystal Apple 345g
Cucumber Mini White 265g
Tomato Bendigo Drop 1191g saving many of these for seeds
Tomato Capri Showstopper (non dwarf rejects) 4705g
Tomato Red Colossus 5161g
Tomato Tommy Toe 187g
Tomato Yellow Baby Pear 49g
Zucchini Black 1575g
Zucchini Early 341g
Zucchini Golden 832g
Zucchini Cocozelle 239g
Total Veg Harvest for January 19.1kgs
Total Fruit Harvest for January 1.6Kg
Total Eggs for January: 32 eggs.
11 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
32 From the 3 Faverolles
January of Previous Years:
I'm seeking alternatives to the styrofoam boxes I had been using for wicking boxes so I have a few of theses abandoned around the garden. This one at the side of the back pergola has been sitting there during all this heat...well nobody thought to tell this New Zealand Spinach volunteer not to use that wicking box to grow in. It has grown quite happily with just the occasional watering and the small fall of rain we had this month!!!
A quick update from the Propagation Log...
These Carrot and Beetroot seeds were sown on the 23rd of January. Since that time we have had 4 days over 40C. Look how they have germinated! I have been going out and misting them a couple of times a day during this heatwave.
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