Monday, 4 August 2014

August Frosts

August has begun with a weekend of frosts -4.2C the lowest so far! Here in the photo there is frost on Pink Kale, Oregano and Alexanders.

My usual early Spring propagation plans were on hold this month due to proposed minor surgery. Surgery that was cancelled at the last moment (3 hours before it was scheduled) and while that procedure can wait my Spring sowing plans cannot! So I'm off to sow seeds and plant out lots of flowering and fruiting plants/herbs in the orchard area.

Seeds Sown:
Broad Beans Chocolate Flowered Vicia Faba from Diggers Seeds
Californian Poppy Purple Eschscholzia californica from Diggers Seeds
Leeks King Richard Allium ampeloprasum from Diggers Seeds
Leeks Musselburgh Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed
Leeks Bulgarian Giant Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed

Potting up/on:
Grapevine White Sultana (it's permanent site is not ready yet so it has gone into a pot)

Planting Out: Throughout July
Broad Beans Crimson Flowered
Cabbage Sugarloaf
Cauliflower 60 Days
Onions White
Onions Potato
Peas Onward
Peas Angela's Blue (Purple Podded)
Some of these Peas were also planted into the Children's Garden beds at the Community Garden

Into the Orchard:
Fruit Trees -
Almond Self Pollinating Papershell
Mulberry Hicks Fancy
Plum Gulf Gold Dwarf
Sugar N Spice Nectarine and Plum cross
All from Daley's Nursery
Planted around for companions and beneficial insect attraction:
Alyssum
Catmint
Chokeberry Aronia melonocarpa
Clary Sage
Coriander
Daisies
Dianella
Elephant Garlic
Erigeron
Evening Primrose
False Mallow
Felicia amelloides 'Variegata'
Globe Artichoke
Iris
Larkspur
Lavender
Lucerne/Alfalfa
Parsley
Red Clover
Rock Rose
Salad Burnett
Statice

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops which can be sown on the 5th of August and also on the 8th and 9th of August. When I shall be starting my Tomatoes, Okra and Capsicums inside (our old caravan) on the heated propagation bed.

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.

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

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