Saturday, 1 February 2014

January 2014 Harvest Total 20.7Kgs

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
9mm Rain

Rain:

Comparison with other years: January average is 22.6mm:
2014 9mm
2013 0mm
2012 20.5mm
2011 12.5mm
2010 15.5mm
2009 0.4mm
2008 0mm
2007 92.6mm

Weather Highlights?
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!!!

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 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
Onion 335g
Sweetcorn 2504g
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

Blackberries 382g
Grapes 1075g
Mulberries 176g

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:

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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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