Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Autumn Equinox

The new seedlings that have been planted out are thriving in the warm autumn soil and with the hope of rain soon they should put on good growth before the frosts of winter hit. Old metal stool frames provide temporary support for the Vege Netting until I have time to put more Hoops over the beds.

Friday morning was the Autumn Equinox so we are all systems go for winter. Summer was very long and hot I have to wonder what sort of winter we are heading into.

Seeds Sown:

18th to 21st March: seeds of root crops and perennials
Lotus Sunrise Lotus pedunculatus Green Harvest
Lovage Levisticum officinale Cornucopia Seeds
Lucerne Sequel Medicago sativa Green Harvest
Onion Cipollini Red Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Onion Cipollini Yellow Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Radish French Breakfast Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Long Scarlet Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Mila Raphanus sativus Country Value

Potting On: Seedlings:
Alyssum Carpet of Snow
Alyssum Royal Carpet
Chinese Celery
Corn Salad
Endive
Lettuce Freckles
Mesclun Mix Lettuce

Cuttings Taken:
Daisy Double White Argyranthemum frutescens
Lavender French Lavendula dentata
Pelargonium Lemon Pelargonium crispum
Pelargonium Lemon Variegated Pelargonium crispum variegatum
Pelargonium Pot Pourri
Pelargonium Spice scented
Rosemary Pink, Blue, Dark Blue Rosmarinus officinalis
Sage Salvia officinalis
Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus syn S. incana
Silverbush Convolvulus cneorum
Wormwood Common Artemisia absinthium
Wormwood Roman Artemesia pontica


 Planting Out:
Garlic Italian White from Greenpatch Organic Seeds...looking forward to a bumper crop of Garlic this year so I can try some of the "20 Unusual Uses for Garlic" on this link
Broccoli Albert
Broccoli Green Dome
Cabbage Verona Purple
Kale Red Russian
Kale Tuscan
Lettuce Mixed
Silverbeet Bright Lights
4 trays of mixed seedlings (Kale, Broccoli, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Silverbeet) were taken up to the Community Garden and shared amongst the "Plotters"...it was good to re-visit the site after a couple of years away. There are more Plots now but it was good to find many of the shrubs I planted at the beginning have grown well and are serving their purpose of attracting beneficial insects and windbreaks.


With all the seedlings and cuttings I have been propagating lately I needed somewhere safe for them to grow on. This little walk in green house was on special at Home Hardware this week so Doc bought me two of them. I only have room for one at the moment so the other has been stored away until we sort out the backyard a bit more! They come with a plastic zippered cover but I just needed something to attach some Vege Net onto to keep the bugs (Cabbage moths, Grasshoppers, Snails etc...) from destroying the seedlings overnight! The Back Pergola has become the Potting Area lately as it is the coolest spot in the garden!

I have been taming the Trombone jungle down in the Old Chook Run Garden to plant out the main Garlic crop in the bed on the right and planted some Collard , Silverbeet and Lettuce seedlings in the bed at the back. The bed on the left still has the Sweet Potatoes growing strongly and I may cover these with plastic as the weather cools. The beds are netted to stop the birds digging up the garlic cloves and seedlings to steal the worms in the soil.

Wow the pre-sprouting of pea seeds certainly worked well. The seedlings are growing fast!!
 
The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops  which can be sown from 3.50pm  on the 1st of April until the 3rd of April. I shall pop just a few more lettuces in and maybe some more coriander. I will definitely be sowing some English Spinach because the early lot has bolted straight to seed...grrr! It will soon be too cold in my garden for many seeds to germinate.

General Seed Raising Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see 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.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pea Pre-sprouts

Well so far so good with the pre-sprouted Peas...they were placed on a moist paper towel, wrapped up and put into a ziplock bag (not sealed) and left inside.
I had to leave them over the weekend so the shoots were slightly longer than I would have liked. I made sure the soil was wet before planting them out and kept them cool under some shadecloth so here's hoping they grow!

Seeds Sown:
Mar 12:

Broad Beans Coles Early Dwarf
Vicia faba from DT Brown
Broad Beans Scarlet Cambridge Vicia faba  from Home Saved Seeds
Sown
into loo roll holders
Climbing Snow Peas Mammoth Melting Pisum sativum from Mr Fothergill's that were pre-spouted before planting out into Bed 7

Planting Out:
Cauliflower 60 Days
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
into Bed 10

Perpetual Spinach 
into Bed 7

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown from the 18th until the 21st of March. When I shall  be planting my main crop of Garlic. Seeds of beetroot and radish might find themselves being sown too and I should try some Onions from seed this year. As this phase is also good for sowing perennial herbs I might try some of those.
I'll also try to fit in taking some cuttings during this moon phase as it is a good time for making strong root growth.

General Seed Raising information Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see 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

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Autumn Arrives


With only a couple of dozen fruit on the William Pear tree this year I haven't bothered to net the tree, instead I have put a tiny organza bag over the individual fruit...seems to have kept the birds and bugs off well. Thank you to the lovely reader who gave me that hint!

With the cooler weather I have put a couple of pots of Kangkong (Ipomea aquatica) into the bathtub in the Shaded Water Garden. The tub is rather overgrown with Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and I think there are a couple of Water Chestnuts still growing in there too!!

Seeds Sown:
Mar 5th:

Alyssum Carpet of Snow Lobularia maritima DTBrown
Alyssum Royal Carpet Lobularia maritima The Seed Collection
Celery Chinese Broadleaf Brassica juncea Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Chervil Curled Anthriscus cerefolium The Lost Seed
Corn Salad Valerianella locusta Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Coriander Coriandrum sativum The Seed Collection
Lettuce Freckles Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Lettuce Purple Oak Leaf Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Mesclun Mix Lettuce Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Parcel (Smallage, Cutting, Leaf or Wild Celery) Apium graveolens secalinum Home Saved Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense Phoenix Seeds

March 6th:
Cress American Upland  Barbarea verna Cornucopia
Endive Salad King Chichorium endiva Eden Seeds
Hollyhock "Nelly" Alcea rosea from Nelly Saved Seeds (thank you Nelly)
Spinach Galilee Spinacia oleracea Green Harvest
White Mustard Sinapis alba syn Brassica alba or Brassica hirta Eden Seeds

Planting Out:


Kale seedlings Vates Blue Curled and Tuscan Black into Bed 2

Silverbeet Erbette seedlings into half of Bed 3 the other half still has Dwarf Beans growing...these have grown so well through the heat of summer that I intend to save these seeds for future sowing.

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown from the 10th until lunchtime on  the 12th of March.
This time I shall be sowing some pea seeds and may have to pre-sprout them as in this link. On that link they are pre-sprouting seeds because of cold soil with me it's because the weather is still a bit too hot for direct sowing peas!
I shall also sow some Broad Bean seeds into loo rolls for planting out as soon as they are large enough. 


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.

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: February 2014:

I'm quite impressed with the growth of the Carrots and Beetroot  in Bed 11. They germinated well and have been growing through what has turned out to be the hottest days in the hottest summer we have ever had!

Temperatures this month:

Lowest Min 6.3C
Highest Min 24.5C
Lowest Max 17.9C
Highest Max 41.4C
37mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 46mm (Average YTD: 45.2mm)
Comparison with other years February average is 22.6mm:
2014 37mm
2013 35mm
2012 56mm
2011 151mm
2010 7mm
2009 0mm
2008 1.6mm
2007 10.4mm

Weather Highlights?
The first half of the month we fried in record breaking heatwave conditions. The cool change brought some rain...flooding rain to finally extinguish the Bangor Bushfire that had burnt for 29 days. Unfortunately some flood damage occurred in the area due to the fact that the fire had destroyed most of the undergrowth that would normally have slowed the flow of the water. The last half of the month was almost spring like and the garden has sprouted with renewed growth!

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/Smoothies and Stirfries I have been picking Amaranth, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Shallot greens, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans 610g
Carrots Purple 104g
Cucumber Bushy 39g
Cucumber Apple 4470g
Cucumber Mini White 2599g
Tomato Bendigo Drop 466g saving these for seeds
Tomato Capri Showstopper (non dwarf reject plants) 3348g
Tomato Roma 938g
Tomato Red Colossus 648g
Tomato Tommy Toe 548g
Tomato Yellow Baby Pear 901g easily this many again grazed on while gardening

Total Veg Harvest for February 14.7Kgs

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 491g
Blackberries 285g
Nashi 1048g

Total Fruit Harvest for February 1.8Kg

Total Eggs for February:  12 eggs. They really didn't like the heatwave and decided to go into moult...
2 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
10 From the 3 Faverolles

February of Previous Years:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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