Monday, 24 November 2014

Moving Things...



Doc has been busy helping me to move the potting benches to the back of the garden. With my broken left wrist still in it's cast for another week I will say that Doc has been doing most of the work.
This area which includes part of the Old Chook Run Garden will soon become my "Propagation Area" for the garden. It will include the old Caravan (with power for the heated propagation tray), a Greenhouse, these Shaded Benches (70%shade) for potting on and cuttings and a Shade House with 50% shade.
All my small vegetable beds will be on this side of the block for easier access and the other block will be for the Chooks and Fruit trees and shrubs.

Seeds Sown: Root seed sowing time on the Moon planting chart is also time for sowing seeds of perennial plants.
A trial sowing of an old seed order from Trees For Life - you can never have too many local Acacias, which are nitrogen fixers, growing in the Orchard.
Acacia calamifolia -Wallowa
Acacia hakeoides - Hakea Wattle
Acacia ligulata - Umbrella Bush
Acacia oswaldii - Umbrella Wattle
Acacia sclerophylla Harde-leaved Wattle
Black Oak Casuarina pauper also nitrogen fixing
Dryland Tea Tree Melaleuca lanceolata not nitrogen fixer but attracts beneficials

Some perennials from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Mangard Raspberry Jam Wattle Acacia acuminata
Pomegranate Large Punica granatum
Winter Apple Berry Eremophila debilisNative Raspberry Rubus rosifolius
Kiwi Fruit Chinese Gooseberry Actinidia deliciosa

Sturt Pea Swainsona formosa from Mr Fothergills
Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea presii from Mr Fothergills
Native Lemongrass Cymbopogon ambiguus from home saved seeds


Many of these seeds needed to be soaked overnight before sowing.

Potting On:
Anise Hyssop Seedlings
Crotalaria seedlings
Parcel seedlings
Pigeon Pea seedlings

I had a tidy up of my plants on the tables as we moved them so many have been potted on and all have been tidied and pruned.

Cuttings/Division:
Tomato Indigo Apple (Red and Black) these only had 5 seeds in the pack and only 4 germinated so I have taken some 'sucker cuttings' to get more plants!

Planting Out:
Parsley purchased seedlings
Trombocino Zucchini seedlings
Tepary Bean seedlings



The new garden behind the Chook Food Shed is coming along well. With many flowering herbs attracting beneficials and the fruit trees beginning to set fruit it is a buzz with life at the moment.

The next sowing time will be for Greens Seeds on November 25th and 26th.

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

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

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Late Spring Sowing

 A few more seeds have been sown...while I'm waiting to get the other seedlings out into their beds.

Seeds Sown:
Amaranth Aztec Rajeera Amaranthus cruentus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Basil Blue Spice Ocimum americanum from The Seed Collection
Basil Thai Lime Ocimum americanum var. americanum from 4Seasons Seeds
Basil Thai Siam Queen Ocimum basilicum  from The Seed Collection
Bean Climbing Snake Yard Long Vigna unguiculata from Diggers
Bean Dwarf Flageolet Flagrano Phaseolus vulgaris 'Flagrano' from Diggers
Bean Dwarf Italian Romano Phaseolus vulgaris from Diggers
Beans Tepary Blue Speckled Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Beans Tepary Brown Seeded "Pawl" Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Beans Tepary Hood White Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Bean Dwarf Violet Queen Bush Phaseolus vulgaris  from Diggers
Black Cumin Nigella sativa from Home Saved Seeds
Black Mint (Huacatay) Tagetes minuta From Fair Dinkum Seeds
Californian Poppy Alba Eschscholzia californica from The Seed Collection
Californian Poppy Single Choice Collection Eschscholzia californica from The Seed Collection
Corn Painted Mountain Zea Mays from Diggers Sown direct into the garden
Cosmos Sensation Dazzler Cosmos bipinnetus from The Seed Collection
Cucumber Chuzzle Cucumis dipsaceus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cucumber Spiky Cucumis anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dianthus Fringed Pink Dianthus superbus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dock Curley Rumex crispus from Fair Dinkum Seeds

Kiwano Horned Melon Cucumis metuliferus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Marigold Red Marietta Tagetes patula from Diggers
Nasturtium Empress Of India Tropaeolum majus from Diggers
Nasturtium Ladybird Tropaeolum majus from Diggers
Radish Rat-Tailed Raphanus sativus from The Seed Collection
Tomato Christmas Grapes Lycopersicon lycopersicum from Diggers
Tomato Tiny Tommy Berry Mix Lycopersicon lycopersicum from Diggers
Triangle Rush (Club Rush) Schoenoplectus mucronatus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Ulam Raja Cosmos caudatas from Fair Dinkum Seeds

Potting up/on:

Alfalfa/Lucerne seedlings
Amish Paste Tomato seedlings

Planting Out:
Spaghetti Squash
Christmas Grape Tomatoes
Potato Onions that were moved from another bed


The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown on the 11th and 12th of November. When I shall sow some seeds of perennial plants. 

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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