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 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...
Chives Onion and Garlic
Kohl Rabi
Lettuce, Capsicums and Mizuna (from community garden bed)
Malabar Spinach
Silverbeet  (Chard)
Spring Onions
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 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...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green
Egyptian Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Spring Onions

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)

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
Spring Onions
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'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
Spring Onions

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
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Apples windfalls were cooked up


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