Friday, 5 August 2011

Friday Update: 06:08:2011

With sunny days this week the bees have been out
among the Almond Blossom!

Temperatures rose to 24C+ this week. With this the wind picked up and by Wednesday it was trying hard to rain. Thursday night saw 8mm of rain fall.

This week saw Greens planting dates from the Thomas Zimmer Moon Planting Chart...I noted that at the bottom of the chart it says that some seeds can be sown on either Green or Fruit days these include Cucumber, Melons, Leeks, Shallots and annual Flowers.

The following went into the heated propagation frame, replacing the recently vacated tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums that have germinated well enough that some have ventured out into their first "pot on pots" in the hot house!
Arnica Arnica chamissonis subsp. foliosa - Phoenix Seeds
Basil Large Italian Sweet Ocimum basilicum - The Lost Seed
Basil Mrs Burns Lemon Ocimum basilicum/americanum - The Lost Seed
Basil Purple Ocimum basilicum cv purpurascens - Phoenix Seeds
Basil Sweet Genovase Ocimum basilicum - DT Brown
Basil Thai Ocimum basilicum - Home saved seed
Cucumber Bushy Cucumis sativus - The Lost Seed
Cucumber Green Gem Cucumis sativus - Eden Seeds
Cucumber Suyo Long Cucumis sativus - The Lost Seed
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum - Eden Seeds
Honeydew Melon Early Hanover Cucumis melo - The Lost Seed
Honeydew Melon Tigger Cucumis melo - The Lost Seed
Korean Mint Agastache rugosa - Eden Seeds
Marigold Crackerjack Tagetes erecta - DT Brown
Mexican Hyssop Agastache mexicana 'Sangria' - Southern Harvest Seeds
Purslane Portulaca oleracea - Home Saved Seed
Rockmelon Hearts Of Gold Cucumis melo - Eden Seeds
Watermelon Golden Midget Citrullus lanatus - Diggers
Watermelon Sweet Siberian Citrullus lanatus - The Lost Seed

The following were sown into punnets, put into a styrofoam fruit box and wrapped in plastic outside as they are not as frost sensitive (well mostly)
Black Cumin Nigella sativa - The Lost Seed
Chives Allium schoenoprasum - DT Brown
Coriander Coriandrum sativum - Mr Fothergill's Organic Seeds
Leek Allium ampeloprasum King Richard - Diggers Seeds
Marigold Tagetes patula Oranges and Lemons - Grower's Pride
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum - Home Saved Seeds
Queen Anne's Lace Ammi majus - Cornucopia Seeds
Salad Burnet Sanguisorba minor - Home Saved Seeds
Silverbeet Beta vulgaris Rainbow Mixed - 4 Seasons Seeds
Valerian Valerian officinalis - Eden Seeds

Into a cell/seed tray went Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus
A mixture of colours and forms from the seed box!
Pink/Candy Stripe from some home saved and from Mr Fothergill's seeds, Seashell Mix from 4 Seasons Seeds, Sensations Mixed from DT Brown, Yellow home saved seeds and a Mixture of home saved seeds.

Also into a cell tray went some of Green Harvest's Clucker Tucker™ seed mix that came with the Kit I bought. This mix contains some unusual seeds to plant for chicken forage!! It will be interesting to see how some of these seeds grow here, maybe they will outgrow some of my weeds!! I am starting these in a seed tray so I will know what the seedlings will look like.

Potting on/up:
Tomatoes: Big Rainbow, Pineapple, Grosse Lisse
Root cuttings and rhizomes from Green Harvest these will be grown in wicking tubs/boxes or large pots around the garden this year. There is some Ginger Zingiber officinale too but that can stay inside for a while until things warm up a bit.

Chinese Artichokes Stachys affinis syn S. leboldii, S. tubifera
Chinese Keys or Krachai Boesenbergia rotunda syn B. pandurata

Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Queensland Arrowroot
Canna edulis syn C.esculenta C. achiras C. rubricaulis

These last two from their Clucker Tucker™ Kit.

Free from the garden:
Greek Oregano Origanum vulgare hirtum (by division)
Lemon Catnip Nepeta cataria spp. citriodora (by division)

Planting out:

Peas Dwarf Onward
Lemon Catnip Nepeta cataria spp. citriodora
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum
Into the Kitchen Garden Pathside Edge Bed which had become choked with Greek Oregano and Mint. These have now been removed and I hope this will once again become a useful picking bed.

With almost spring weather the garden has come alive... won't last though the temperature
is set to drop for the weekend!!

Weekly 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. The highlight this week continues to be the Celery which is providing a handful of leafy stalks for our morning juice!!
Celery American Stringless 470g
Celery Pink 150g
Radish French Breakfast 50g
Silverbeet 180g

12 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
3 From the 3 Barnevelders
8 From the 5 Faverolles

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE


  1. So much activity is just making my head spin reading.....this season I will get my act together

  2. That's quite a tally. Can you eat Arnica or is it purely medicinal?

  3. I just bought some clucker tucker from Gh this week too...I was wondering where on your site i could look up when was your last frost for last years winter??

  4. Good luck Katrina,
    I'm just getting all these seeds sown while there is a lull in life (???) I know I will regret the sheer number of seedlings in a few weeks time as I struggle to keep them out of the frost. Argh!!

  5. Hi Greenfumb
    As far as I know arnica is only for medicinal uses. I don't think I'd like to eat it. I only hope I can get around to planting out it this year...

  6. Hi Joyfulhomemaker
    I can tell you that our last frost for 2010 was 1st Nov which was late!!!
    I can usually start planting out frost sensitive things in early Oct providing I will be able to cover the seedlings if frost is predicted.
    See here for the post about the frost.
    It was also mentioned (in passing) on the 2010 in pix page Here

    I have noticed a few bloggers trying that Clucker Tucker kit/seed packs. I hope it provides something new for the girls to eat!!!

  7. Our first almond tree planted last year has blossomed too. Very exciting. I wonder if we will get an almond or two? The spring like weather jumped me into action and I pruned the grape before it starts to come alive. Hopefully some grapes this year.

  8. Hi Jason
    Sounds great!!
    Might be time to start thinking about some bird netting ;)
    The parrots tend to get a lot of our almonds up here...the trees are far too big to net.


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