Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dragon's Tomato

 
I think this Dragon will need all his fiery breath to help this tiny Tomato seedling (self sown volunteer) grow outdoors during our cold winter.

Potting On:
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix
Onions White


Cuttings Taken:

Bay Tree
Pineapple Guava (Feijoa)
Thornless Blackberry

Rescued Self Sown Seedlings:

Alexanders
Kangaroo Apple
Larkspur
Lemon Balm
Lettuce
Roman Wormwood
Tomatoes (????) Doubt that I will be able to keep these alive through winter but I know they would have died for sure where they were.

Planting Out:
Onion Cipollini Red


 
Potted on seedlings

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown from the 31st of May up to and including the 2nd of June.

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
Beginners Guide to taking cuttings Here


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

Friday, 16 May 2014

The New Chook Food Shed Gets a Garden

 
Fruiting bushes, herbs and flowering plants (and strawberries) have gone in around the new Chook Food Shed. Other areas are being prepared for some new bare rooted fruit trees to be planted in winter and a couple of others moved from other areas of the garden.

Seeds Sown:
No seeds sown


Potting On:
Onions White

Planting Out:
Alyssum
Blue Daisy Felicia amelloides variegata
Borage
Coriander
Corn Salad
Forest Flame Acmena smithii
Lettuce Salad Mix
Loganberries
Rocket
Salad Burnet
Society Garlic (plain and variegated)
Spinach English Medania
Spinach Gallilee
Spinach Matador
Strawberries
Strawberry Guava
Thyme
Violets
Yarrow

Cuttings taken:
Blue Daisy Felicia amelloides variegata
White Lavender

Rescued Self Sown seedlings:
Clary Sage
Cat Mint


I have found a temporary solution to the problem of all the pots of cuttings...a sunny spot near the water tank under the protection (from frost) of the Carob tree. More cuttings will be potted up next week.  I also found room for another small raised bed for some winter greens to be planted out. The seedling stand has been moved there too for more sunshine.

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown on the 18th and 19th of May.
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

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

First Frost


                                                                                  Frost on the cold frame!
With a cold and wet start to May it looks like we had seen the last of the warm weather with maximum temps of 11C and our first frost of the year it's just as well I have covered the Sweet Potatoes and remaining Capsicums against the cold weather...brrrrrr!

Seeds Sown:
May 3rd:

Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Cabbage Sugarloaf Brassica oleracea var. capitata Mr Fothergill's
Cauliflower 60 Days Brassica oleracea var.botrytis Green Harvest
Lettuce Cos Romaine Lactuca sativa Johnson Seeds
Parsley Moss Curled Petroselinum crispum Mr Fothergill's
Rocket Eruca sativa DT Brown
Silverbeet Rainbow Mix Beta vulgaris 4Seasons Seeds
These seeds were put into a small cold frame for some protection from the cold.

Seedlings Potted up:

Coriander
Lotus
Lucerne

Cuttings Potted up:
Rosemary Blue
Rosemary Dark Blue
Rosemary Pink
Lavender
Sage
Wormwood Roman

Cuttings Taken:
“Silver Lace Bush” Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum
Tansy

Planted out:
Pin Cushion Flower Scabiosa columbaria
Fairy Fan Flower Scaevola aemula



The cuttings taken last month have taken very quickly in the warmer start to Autumn. Now the task of finding room for all the "potted on" new plants is a challenge.

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown from the 11th until 5pm on the 14th of May. Possibly more Broad Beans may be sown but I may need to pre-sprout those.

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

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: April 2014:

Progress is being made on the garden makeover. Areas cleared, beds dismantled, fences down, stash sorted, markers in for slab for my new shed that will hold the chook food and garden tools and gear for the Orchard. All this occurs under the watchful eyes of the Wizard Doc, his pet Dragon and Witchy Scarecrow.
With each cleared area appearing new ideas of what to put where are emerging...in other words we are not working to any plan with this!!!!

Temperatures this month:

Lowest Min 3.9C
Highest Min 17C
Lowest Max 13.7C
Highest Max 33.4C
84.5mm Rainfall

Rain Year To Date: 133.5mm (Average YTD: 88mm)
Comparison with other years: April average is 22.6mm:
2014 84.5mm
2013 26.5mm
2012  3mm
2011  3mm
2010 18mm
2009 31mm
2008 24.5mm
2007 30mm

Weather Highlights?
April brought a warm but wet start to Autumn here in Scarecrow's Garden. By the end of the month it was clear that winter was on it's way with overnight temperatures dropping. We have had the wettest April in many years and has brought us well over the average for year to date but I wonder if this trend will continue...

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 Kale, Lebanese Cress, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beetroot 60g
Capsicum Sweet Paprika 285g
Cucumber Suyo Long  210g
Kale 1475g
Onions 300g

Total Veg Harvest for April 2.3Kgs

Apples Golden Delicious 26593g
Peaches 6290g

Total Fruit Harvest for April 32.9Kg

Total Eggs for April:
  1 egg.
1 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
0 From the 3 Faverolles 


As you see by the "Total Eggs for April" the chooks have gone pretty dry in the egg producing department of late...I hope the new little girls will help out soon although that's not likely for a while yet! They are making great little mulch producers scratching around in their straw yard and they can demolish a bunch of Kale in a few minutes!
 

For those who may have missed this on Facebook...a friendly reminder to make sure you plant your Garlic bulbs POINTY side UP...I'm blaming the birds who scratched the mulch after I planted these out for this one!!

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

The garden is still evolving so I won't add a link to where everything is until I work out just where that is going to be!!!!

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