Sunday, 17 May 2015

April 2015 Week by Week...

A warm start to April...I was able to get outside and plant up some of the seedlings and cuttings that I have been watering lately. Still lots growing in the shade tunnel.

Notes from my garden diary...the first week of April.
 


Wednesday 1st April
Temperature Min 10.2C Max 28.2C
Planted Petunia and Fringed Pink Dianthus at base of a bed which had a dripper line running around it. Planted a Lemon Verbena and Lavender next to this bed.
Planted Emperor Mandarin tree with Lucerne, Seaside Daisy, Lavender and Pyrethrum Daisy for companions.

Thursday 2nd Apr
Temperature Min 11.7C Max 20.4C
Potted on Mini Cabbages,
Planted out Curly Sorrel seedlings, Comfrey root cuttings and Shallots



Friday 3rd Apr
Temperature Min 10C Max 21.6C
Topped up a bed with soaked coir in which some old Cow manure was added and soaked too. Then planted up the bed with Red Cabbage, Mini Cabbage and Leeks. The bed was later covered with vege netting.

Sunday 5th Apr
Temperature Min 10.1C Max 23.1C
Planted Corn Salad Seedlings.

The second week
saw milder day temperatures but the nights are getting chilly...I began preparing the new Greenhouse for winter. I am collecting seeds and pruning old growth off perennials, as I prune I take the chance to get some material for cuttings.

Notes from my garden diary..



Wednesday 8th April
Temperature Min 5.6C Max 18C
Planted Lucerne, Rosemary, Native Lemongrass and Rock Rose near the 3 Cherry Bush Plants.
Moved water containers to new Greenhouse from the old one.

Thursday 9th Apr
Temperature Min 4.2C Max 20C
Harvested seeds off a Catnip bush and pruned it back

Friday 10th Apr
Temperature Min 6.5C Max 20.9C
Built 2 wicking beds on the outside (Northern sunny side) of the Shade Tunnel. They have been filled with a mixture of Cow Manure, sandy loam from the garden, mushroom compost, bagged garden compost, soaked coir and potting mix. The two plastic cloches that I have fit into the beds so I will plant winter greens.That will save me trying to find a home for those cloches!



Saturday 11th Apr
Temperature Min 4.5C Max 24C
Prepared bed for Green Manure...sowing BioMustard seed (from Diggers) and Broad Beans to dig into the soil before Spring. Added Pelleted chook manure and sowed Bio Mustard seeds...later I'll plant out the biggest of the Broad Beans seedlings once the mustard has germinated.
Attached netting over that bed to stop the birds scratching the seeds up.
Planted seedlings of Pak Choi, Yukina Savoy (Large Leaved Tatsoi), Lettuce, Mini Cauliflowers and Coriander into the cloches in the new beds and Chinese soup celery and Heirloom mixed and Cylindra Beetroot outside the cloches. These were covered with netting.
Planted Spinach seedlings next to the Silverbeet and re-fitted the netting in the bed under the Mulberry Tree.
Took cuttings of Pink Rock Rose.

Monday 13th Apr
Temperature Min 13.2C Max 24C
Covered new wicking beds with shade cloth as temperature is on the rise tomorrow! It peaked at 29.7C.


During the third week we had a massive downpour that brought 88mm of rain!!! (a barrel load of rain!) We also had the lowest minimum temperature of 1.5C (officially a frost!)

Notes from my garden diary...

Wednesday 15th April
Temperature Min 10.4C Max 27.3C
Planted Broad Bean seedlings in with mustard in green manure bed and
Climbing Sugar Snap Pea seedlings in fridge bed

Friday 17th Apr
Temperature Min 11.5C Max 17C 88mm Rain o/n
Emptied all water from the seedlings trays
Greenpatch order arrived, unpacked and sorted
Seeds: Capsicum - Golden Californian Wonder, Cucumber - Lebanese, Lettuce - Brown Romaine, Pumpkin - Baby Blue, Pumpkin - Jarrahdale, Squash - Table Gem Bush these were free with membership
Potato Onion - Golden Brown
Mint - Greek Pennyroyal
Eschallot - Red
Geranium Scented - Apple
Geranium Scented - Cinnamon
Vege Net - Vegetable Netting I needed extra as I'm having to cover each bed as I plant or the Blackbirds dig all the seedlings up!!


Saturday 18th Apr
Temperature Min 11C Max C
Topped up bed between wicking beds on the outside of the shade tunnel. Put cut down tank for new bed filled it with good (and damp!!!) soil, attached dripper line and planted Broad Bean seedlings. Also put some sliced hose around the top to cover the sharp edges it's attached with cable ties through holes drilled in the side.
Added soil to rest of area and planted out, Sorrel (French, Garden and Curly), Native Violet, Snow in Summer, Heuchera, Pizza Thyme, Winter Savory, Creeping Rosemary, Chamomile, Bacopa (pink, mauve and white)
Raked out mulch (damp as well!) from the chook pens to mulch all these beds.

 
Took cuttings Native Violet, Pink Bacopa, Greek Pennyroyal and Apple Scented Geranium as I planted out and also as I potted up the plants from my order.
 

Sunday 19th Apr
Temperature Min 11C Max 17.2C
Cleared the Tomato bed and the Beans out of the Zucchini bed. Planted Red Onions and 2 types of White Onions (Gladalan and Barletta). Potted a few into punnets for later planting. Covered the bed to keep the birds off.
Forecast says chance of frost tonight so I covered the Pumpkins and Zucchinis that are still growing with pieces of shadecloth.

Monday 20th Apr
Temperature Min 1.5C Max 13.4C
Sowed seeds into punnets of Lettuce Red Iceberg (from Diggers), Brown Romaine (from Greenpatch), Endive (from Mr Fothergills), Red Vein Sorrel and Plantain (both from Green Harvest).

 Tuesday 21st Apr
Temperature Min 4.5C Max 15C
Cleaned out worm bin used castings when planting out Climbing Sugar Snap Pea seedlings under the Grapevines on the edge of the pergola the idea is that they will grow up the trellis as the Grapevines die back in winter.

The end of April and the temperature is looking more like winter! Still getting jobs done but much slower than earlier this year! But on the last day of April Doc said goodbye to his crutches and began learning to walk with that big cam boot on...at least he can carry things now and get back out and play in his workshop!!!

Notes from my garden diary...
 
Wednesday 22nd April
Temperature Min 4.9C Max 19.5C
Turned compost and added Comfrey, Valerian, Lucerne from behind the Greenhouse and a bag of straw and cow manure. Trimmed back the tops of the Potatoes and added them to the compost too.

Thursday 23rd Apr
Temperature Min 5.1C Max 18C
Added fresh straw in both Chook Runs.

Saturday 25th Apr
Temperature Min 4.7C Max 15C Rain13mm

Sunday 26th Apr
Temperature Min 5.2C Max 14C
Emptied wicking bed in orchard area and moved the frame. It will be re-built next to the Greenhouse (south, shade side) and the Loganberry will be grown in it. This should keep the loganberry from spreading too far. Like all brambles they like to send out suckers everywhere! 

Tuesday 28th Apr
Temperature Min 2.9C Max 13C
Attached shade cloth to greenhouse side of the trellis
Continued clearing area for loganberry wicking bed.
Transplanted an euryops daisy. Moved tyres to form a sun bank around the Mandarin tree

Wednesday 29th Apr
Temperature Min 1.6C Max 13.8C
More clearing and digging preparing for the new wicking bed.

 Thursday 30th Apr
Temperature Min 2.5C Max 18C
Doc spent his first day without his crutches...slowly getting used to walking with a big cam boot on!!
Changed the shelving around in the greenhouse and brought more plants in for overwintering...French Tarragon, Catnip and Rock Rose cuttings
Completed the new wicking bed.
Planted the Loganberry I had saved when it's old bed was dismantled. Also planted 1 Rhubarb at the eastern end of the bed.
Topped off the bed with half a bag of cow manure keeping this away from the plants as it seems a bit fresh still.
Cleaned out one of the chook houses and added the straw to the compost heap.

This Month I have been harvesting...
Beans
Chives Onion and Garlic
Kale
Kohl Rabi
Lettuce, Capsicums and Mizuna (from community garden bed)
Malabar Spinach
Parcel
Parsley
Silverbeet  (Chard)
Spring Onions
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Apples
Blackberries
Pears
Strawberries
Strawberry Guava

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Dems D' Breaks

March Week 1...
Summer has ended and we head into Autumn with much cooler weather to start the month. 

Tuesday 3rd Mar
Temperature Min 16.8C Max 29.3C
Planted a Purple Sprouting Broccoli into my Community Garden bed it was a spare seedling from my neighbour.
The old shade cover over the water garden has been removed and the bath tub emptied to be moved somewhere else maybe as a pond.



Thursday 5th Mar
Temperature Min 12.7C Max 24.2C
Planted up my Community Garden Bed - Red Choi, Red Cabbage, Mizuna, Lettuces, Garlic, Society Garlic...and some late Basil plants went into the Community Herb Garden


March Week 2...
A long weekend was a chance to get a couple of beds made up and the Garlic planted for this year. During the week, while working in the garden, Doc took a stumble and now has a badly broken leg.


Sunday 8th Mar
Temperature Min 9C Max 27C
Doc had the chainsaw to get out some tree roots (on the dead gum tree stump) and chop up some old branches.
Built a new wicking bed and topped up a compost bed. After sorting hoses for both (dripper line to the compost bed and a tap and hose to the wicking bed) they were mulched with organic sugarcane mulch and planted. Kale, 60 day Cauliflowers and Broccoli Albert seedlings went into the compost bed. Garlic - Mammoth Purple, Melbourne Market and Italian Red - was planted in the wicking bed. Both beds were covered with vege net to keep the birds off and the bugs.
Sown into seedling trays; Onions - Gladalan White, Red Californian and Barletta
Potted on a purchased punnet of Leeks (a bit overgrown again)

Monday 9th Mar Public Holiday in SA
Temperature Min ?C Max 27.2C
Doc attached the Blackboard under the shelter at the Community Garden.
Back home I harvested a tub full of Silverbeet from the Shade Tunnel, par-cooked it and managed to put over 1kg in the freezer.

Tuesday 10th Mar
Temperature Min 9C Max 27.5C
Community Garden day - helped water beds, trim plants and tidy beds...the Garden will be open for visitors for the week before (and including) Easter!

Wednesday 11th Mar
Temperature Min 11.1C Max 28.3C
Prepared and potted up chitted potatoes Spunta and Kipfler. They have gone into pots so they can be moved into the Greenhouse as the weather cools.
Potted up 4 Florence Fennel from a purchased pot and a couple of Capsicums that will go into the greenhouse soon. Rescued some Society Garlic and potted that up too.
Took Jasmine cuttings. Planted Egyptian (walking) Onions into the bathtub bed.



Thursday 12th Mar
Temperature Min 10.2C Max 26C
Began moving sleepers for a new garden bed...Doc tripped/fell (not quite sure what happened!!) and we spent the day waiting around at our local hospital waiting for an available flight with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to take him to Adelaide for surgery early next week!!! That was after waiting for the Ambulance to arrive from 90kms away. Doc spent a week in hospital in Adelaide and came home after surgery to place a metal plate and 11 screws/bolts in his ankle...now to begin the long road to recovery. Of course he had some fun in hospital when one of our lovely Market buddies brought him a hamper of goodies (especially some coffee bags) that included some stick-on googly eyes!!!

End of March...
Fast forward a week...about all that happened in the garden last week apart from watering was potting on of seedlings...Spinach, Cauliflower, Mini Cabbage, Chinese Broadleaf Celery.

Sunday 22nd Mar
Temperature Min 7C Max 29.5C
Working Bee at the Community Garden the two of us who bothered to turn up, both had a busy time weeding pathways!!!


Wednesday 25th Mar
Temperature Min 5.7C Max 18.4C
Out in the garden again!!! Doc was supervising...Took the shade off at the end of the Deck Shaded Potting Area.
Moved the Potato pots into the Greenhouse as the night temps are  quickly dropping.
Moved (those) sleepers to form new beds on the Northern (sunny) side of the Shade Tunnel (outside). Levelled the soil ready for wicking beds, positioned beds to gauge depth. 
Planted Florence Fennel in Shade Tunnel

Thursday 26th Mar
Temperature Min 5C Max 16.3C
Potted up some Tagasate volunteers out of the mulch in the Garlic bed!!


Friday 27th Mar
Temperature Min 4.1C Max 19.8C
Potted on Spinach Bloomsdale and Southern European, Hon Tsai Tai, Parcel, Coriander, Yukina Savoy (Large Leaved Tatsoi) and Corn Salad.   


Saturday 28th Mar
Temperature Min 4.1C Max 21.3C
Sown into loo roll tubes (because their beds aren't ready just yet) - Peas Sugar Snap Climbing and Cascadia and Broad Beans Aquadulce

Monday 30th Mar
Temperature Min 8C Max 26.7C
Built up soil in 2 beds out the back with mushroom compost and soaked coir.

Tuesday 31st Mar
Temperature Min 10.5C Max 28.4C
Planted Silver Beet, Lettuce, Peas (seeds) in one bed and Mizuna, PakChoi, Chinese Broad Leaf Celery in the other. The Brassicas were covered with Vege Net.

This month we have been harvesting...
Beans
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green
Egyptian Spinach
Kale
Malabar Spinach
Parcel
Parsley
Radish
Silverbeet
Spring Onions
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Apples
Blackberries
Figs
Grapes
Nashi
Pears
Strawberries

Monday, 2 March 2015

February Week 4...The End of Summer...

A last blast of Summer heat to end the season...not a drop of rain for February.

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015

 

Sunday 22nd Feb
Temperature Min 19.8C Max 36.4C in the garden (40.7C where we were)
Away

Monday 23rd Feb
Temperature Min 21.4C Max 32.3C
Returned Home



Tuesday 24th Feb
Temperature Min 9.9C Max 26.3C
Potted up another punnet of Broccoli Albert
Continued to clear out my bed at the Community Garden and helped clear some of the other garden areas.



Wednesday 25th Feb
Temperature Min 9.7C Max 31.5C
Pruned back the Tomato Jungle in the Shade Tunnel so we can get in!!!
Dug up the Dwarf Plum Gulf Gold from it's spot in the garden as it keeps being defoliated by grasshoppers...and the site was too shady. I shall keep it in a pot until winter and find a more suitable position for it.
Sowed seeds into punnets of:
Spinach - Matador, Bloomsdale, English Medania and Southern European. Cauliflower - 60 Days, Mini and Snowball. Cabbage Mini, Chinese Broadleaf Celery, Yukina Savoy (Large Leaved Tatsoi), Hon Tsai Tai, Pak Choi, Mizuna Red and Lime Streaks, Corn Salad, Coriander and Parcel.



Thursday 26th Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 34C
Re-fitted drippers, planted Silverbeet seedlings, mulched then netted the bed to keep the birds off.
Potted up Broccoli Mediterranean Sprouting
Divided up a very overgrown clump of shallots from the Community Garden Bed. Planted some in my garden bed there and at home, the rest were potted up to share later.
Fixed (re-sewed the hems) and returned the shade cover to my community garden bed. Took it back up and Doc re-attached the hoops with wires (cable ties don't last long in the wind up there) and the PVC pipe middle support too. 



Friday 27th Feb
Temperature Min 16.8C Max 34.1C
Topped up my community garden bed with compost, soaked coir, potting mix and soil from the site that Doc shovelled into it for me...
Sorted pots and seedlings to take to a friend tomorrow.

Saturday 28th Feb
Temperature Min 19.9C Max 37C
Went to a nearby Town Garage Sale (multiple garage sales held on the same day)...and dropped off some seedlings to a friend over there.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White
Baby Kale
Parcel
Parsley
Radish
Silverbeet
Spring Onions
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Figs
Grapes
Plums
Strawberries
Windfall Apples

Seed Sources: see links under the "Seed Suppliers" Page Tab above
Diggers Club, Mr Fothergill's, Greenpatch, Green Harvest, The Seed Collection, DT Brown and Home Saved.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

February Week 3...Grandies.

February Week 3...
Early in the week we said goodbye to the Grandies only to follow them up to their house the next weekend, where it was even hotter than home!! All my seedlings and plants had to be prepared for facing the heat without daily watering.

Notes from my garden diary...
Feb 2015 


Sunday 15th Feb
Temperature Min 20.7C Max 38.5C
Grandies here for a very HOT day...they spent most of the time in their clam shell pool...with lots of toys to play with.
 


Monday 16th Feb
Temperature Min 16.7C Max 28.2C
With the cooler weather the Grandies had a quick play out in the garden, explored the Shade Tunnel and then they were off back home.



Tuesday 17th Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 31.8C
Spent the morning at the Community Garden where many helpers put together another shed. I started to  tidy up my old plot which I have been allowed to have back!!



Wednesday 18th Feb
Temperature Min 12.5C Max 30.9C
Potted up new fruit trees Japanese Raisin Tree Hovenia dulcis and Phalsa Grewia asiatica. Potted 2 citrus trees that have been in their pots for a while. Potted up Lettuce; Tennis Ball, Australian Yellow and Freckles, 60 Day Cauliflower, Red Choi, Red Cabbage and Mizuna seedlings. 



Thursday 19th Feb
Temperature Min 16.4C Max 34C
Potted up Brussels Sprouts Ruby and Long Island, Broccoli Albert seedlings. Planted up a wicking tub in the Shade Tunnel with mixed Kale seedlings.
Connected drippers to trays of seedlings in shade tunnel, Put sand in bottom of trays to stop the seedlings drowning. Tuned a timer to water while we visit the Grandies this weekend...it's going to be HOT!!!
Put extra shade cloth over the end of the new plant area to stop the hot west afternoon sun beating down.

Friday 20th Feb
Temperature Min 17.5C Max 35.7C
Travelled up to visit the Grandies to help their Dad with some jobs in the garden while their Mum was away on a short holiday.

Saturday 21st Feb
Temperature Min 18.1C Max 35.4C  in the garden and 37.9C where we were.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Baby Kale
Parcel
Parsley
Radish
Silverbeet
Spring Onions
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Apples
Figs
Grapes
Plums
Strawberries

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

February Week 2...Temperatures are rising...

Even with temperatures getting up around 40C this week the shade tunnel plants are growing berserk!

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015
 


Sunday 8th Feb
Temperature Min 15.4C Max 35.9C
Returned from Adelaide. Stopped off to buy a new small shed on the way. Later we put the shed up!



Monday 9th Feb
Temperature Min 14.4C Max 34.5C
Built a wooden deck over a disused well hole out the back to make it safe.
Had to start by clearing of the temporary cover and attacking a few tree roots that were in the way (the tree is dead). Doc reinforced the bottom of the old cover (yes it is a re-used trampoline frame) then set about fixing the decking planks to the frame.
When finished it is now fully safe and also gives me more room to put more places for plants!!



Tuesday 10th Feb
Temperature Min 13.5C Max 34.8C
Using the space on the deck to put 2 smaller greenhouses for starting seedlings off. One moved from under the pergola. Doc assembled the other while I was at the Community Garden. These will be covered with shade cloth and I won't be using the plastic covers that came with them.
When we took the plant table away from behind the well/deck I found a seedling Avocado growing happily. With it's shade now gone I had to cover it with some shadecloth...while I had the shadecloth out I also covered the Banana behind the greenhouse that wasn't enjoying the hot weather.


Wednesday 11th Feb
Temperature Min 15.6C Max 36.9C
Turnip Purple Top seeds direct sown in Shade Tunnel, Butter Swede seeds in garden
Into punnets I sowed Beetroot Chioggia, Heirloom Mix and Cylindra; Celeriac Verona and Blue Flax
Found a shade arch on one of the old beds which fitted over the Deck just perfect even included pre-hemmed 50% white shade cloth.



Thursday 12th Feb
Temperature Min 17.4C Max 35.5C
Found another shelf from the old green house to put in the deck shade area. Sorted through pots (pruning and re-potting).
The propagation area is taking shape!
When we cleared out the dog enclosure we found this old vegetable shelf holder thingy...and now it is a vertical strawberry bed!!!



Friday 13th Feb
Temperature Min 17.9C Max 37.9C
With higher temps now I put extra shadecloth on the end of the deck shade.
Started to clear Back pergola...trimmed low growing Grapevines and Blackberries and moving pots to wherever I could find some room.

Saturday 14th Feb
Temperature Min 21.7C Max 37.8C
Cleared Back Pergola
We had guests arriving!!!

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Baby Kale as micro greens
Parcel
Parsley
Radish
Silverbeet
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Apples windfalls were cooked up
Figs
Grapes
Nashi
Pears
Plums
Strawberries

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

February Week 1...A Garden Visit

On the weekend we travelled to Adelaide to visit an unusual kind of Community Garden.
Joe's Connected Garden in Elizabeth is a shared urban garden with over 400 varieties of fruit trees mostly hot weather tolerant. Four suburban gardens linked together for food production. Three of the gardens are covered with an amazing anti-bird net. Joe also grows sub-tropical fruit plants, many in pots and sheltered in the front garden and also maintains an extensive nursery with plants for sale to help finance the gardens. This is an interesting way to allow suburban gardeners have access to more land for food production, they are involving the local community as well with many people volunteering their time on Saturday mornings to help with many of the larger projects and general upkeep of the garden.

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015


Sunday 1st Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 28C
Mulched around the garden...the temperatures will rise soon now it's February! Put shade over newly sown beans. Began the long task of emptying out the old storage caravan.



Monday 2nd Feb
Temperature Min 8.5C Max 26.4C
Potted on cuttings of Winter Savoury, Blue Daisy Felicia amelloides variegata, White Flowering Thyme.
 

Tuesday 3rd Feb
Temperature Min 11.2C Max 28.7C
First Community Garden Committee Meeting and Twilight Meet for 2015. It was great to see how everything has survived and grown with the rain last month (including the weeds of course). The winds have been causing damage that will need to be repaired and plans are under way for building the new shed and planting up large tank beds for shared Community garden plots where every one will pitch in and help grow food for all. With the AGM next month we are setting things up ready for the withdrawal of all Government Health Department support.




Wednesday 4th Feb
Temperature Min 9.9C Max 26.9C
Took some signs up to the community garden. Doc has made and attached the "No Dogs Allowed" signs for the gates.
Made shade screen for back of Hippy Bus and fixed front sun screen cover.



Thursday 5th Feb
Temperature Min 10.7C Max 28.1C
Potted on Basil Blue Spice, Thai Lime, Thai and Sweet
Dianthus Fringed Pink
Made sure all pots were well watered and have some water in reserve as we are going away for a couple of days and the temps are rising.

Friday 6th Feb
Temperature Min 15C Max 34.7C
Travelled to Adelaide in the Hippy Bus.



Saturday 7th Feb
Temperature Min 17.4C Max 36.2C (was 38.6C where we were)
Visited Joe's Connected Garden. Photo above shows the extensive bird netting over three of the gardens.
Bought 2 Fig Trees, 2 Loquats and a Guava.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth micro greens
Chives
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Kale Baby as micro greens
Parcel
Parsley
Silverbeet
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Plums
Strawberries

Sunday, 1 February 2015

End of January...Greenhouse.

End of January...Green House!!
Busy end to January to make the most of the glorious weather we have had. Lot's of jobs completed...the To Do List is getting shorter!!

Notes from my garden diary...

Jan 2015
22nd Jan
Temperature Min 13.3C Max 35.4C
Made the shade cloth cover over the new Lemon tree...sewed hems on the ends to thread the hosepipe through.
Weeded around the tree - mainly Tagasaste and Amaranth...since the rain seedlings are coming up everywhere!!!


23rd Jan
Temperature Min 17.5C Max 30.4C
We started to build the Green House! We finished it! Glad the temperature wasn't higher because it was hot work!


24th Jan
Temperature Min 10.6C Max 27C
Sewed the end hems on some 50% white shade cloth while Doc found some star pickets and poly hose pipe to fit over them. These are now forming a shade structure over the green house which will hopefully help to protect it from the worst of the weather...heat, cold, wind, hail...

25th Jan
Temperature Min 10.9C Max 23.5C
Went to the beach...the Grandies were staying there so we went for a visit! While we were there we got some new pots for the shade tunnel and some fun windmills just coz!



26th Jan
Temperature Min 6C Max 23.4C
Sorted out the hoses to go into the green house and still allow me to water the plant tables and the rest of the garden. Doc dug a trench to bury and cover the hose once it was all sorted.
Doc rescued a stainless steel sink from the old dog enclosure out the back and then proceeded to dismantle the structure.
We have reused some trellising that is no longer needed out the front...it has been put along the south side of the greenhouse to give it even more protection from winds.



27th Jan
Temperature Min 9.5C Max 24.7C
Attached more hose to run down the side of the Green house for a small planting in behind it. Attached drippers and dripper hose then planted out the Dwarf Red Dacca Banana I bought last year...it should be a protected, warm spot for it. Also planted out some of the Comfrey root cuttings I took last year and some potted Valerian and Lucerne too. These can be cut for mulch and brewed into plant teas.
We attached some PVC tubing on Green House Shade Cover to keep the hoops aligned and anchor the shade cloth. Tidying up around the garden...more pots to sort through...
Soaked bean seeds for sowing tomorrow.

 

28th Jan
Temperature Min 9.3C Max 25.9C
Sowed Beans Frost and Flageolet Flagrano  
Planted Spiky Cucumbers
Emptied and moved small greenhouse stand ready for some Autumn seed sowing.
Reused another piece of trellis from the front to block one corner of my little pot store shed...planted a couple Japanese Yams in the soil at the base.
 


29th Jan
Temperature Min 11C Max 27C
Sowed seeds of :-
Brassicas - Broccoli Mediterranean Sprouting & Albert, Brussels Sprouts Long Island & Ruby, Cabbage Red Choi, Red Drumhead & Portugal Summer (Couve Tronchuda), Cauliflower 60 Days,  Asian Greens Mix (Pak Choy, Tatsoi, Tokyo Bekama, Vitamin Green and Coriander), Mizuna Red and Lime Streaks
Herbs - Coriander, Mitsuba and Chinese (soup) Celery
Lettuces - Australian Yellow Leaf, Cos, Freckles Bunte, Red & Green Salad & Tennis Ball.
A tray Peas for Pea Shoots
Potted up White Rock Rose cuttings 
Potted up a purchased punnet of Silver Beet Rainbow Mix that were very crowded in the punnet.



30th Jan
Temperature Min 11.4C Max 29.3C
We were hoping to be able to remove the galv iron behind the trellis out the back without disturbing the plants too much. What should have been a 10 minute job took a bit longer than that when a star picket found the main water supply pipe (plastic pipe). Luckily we keep a supply of joiner fittings and Doc was able to fix it. But we had to dismantle the whole trellis to dig down to get to the pipe in behind the bed. All fixed now and looking much better...I'm sure the plants will recover!
Took cuttings from the Sweet Appleberry that was one of the disturbed plants...just in case it doesn't recover.



31st Jan
Temperature Min 11.5C Max 27C
Planted 3 Saffron Crocus bulbs in a pot.
Harvested some Amaranth self sown micro greens and cooked them up along with some tomatoes, parsley, silverbeet and tromboncino zoodles with a few of the girls eggs thrown in. Yum.
Doc built a new stand for the sink...a coat of paint on the wood and it was put into place. Now I have somewhere to wash out pots and veg from the garden that is a comfortable height to work at!

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth micro greens
Chives
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Kale
Parcel
Parsley
Silverbeet
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Plums

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