Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spring Equinox

Today (Tuesday 23rd September) was the Spring Equinox and temperatures are certainly on the rise...seedlings are being potted up daily as planting out time draws near.

Seeds Sown:
Beetroot Chioggia Beta vulgaris from Mr Fothergills
Beetroot Cylindra Beta vulgaris from Diggers
Comfrey Symphytum officinale from Diggers
Lovage Levisticum officinale from Cornucopia Seeds
Onion Spring All Year Round Allium fistulosum from Mr Fothergills seed tape
Radish Sparkler Raphanus sativus from DT Brown

Potting On:
Amaranth Autumn Palette
Amaranth Mekong Red
Borage White
Californian Poppy Purple
Capsicum Chinese Giants
Chia
Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora (purchased seedlings)
Leeks Bulgarian Giant
Leeks Elephant
Lettuce Red Iceberg
Salvia White Salvia farinacea  (purchased seedlings)
Strawberry Temptation
Tomatoes Tiny Tim

Cuttings/Division:
Japanese Sedge Variegated Carex morrowii Variegata
Marjoram 

Oregano Variegated
Yacon

Planting Out:
Parsley Flat Leaved purchased seedlings

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown from the 25th of September up to the 28th of September.

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. info 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

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Boxful of Seeds

A boxful of seeds has been donated to our Community Garden by Mr Fothergill's Seeds...I have started sowing some to take up as early spring seedlings.

Seeds Sown:
Borage Blue Borago officinalis from Home Saved Seeds
Cosmos Purity Cosmos bipinnatus from DT Brown
Marvel of Peru Mirabilis jalapa from Home Saved Seeds
Nasturtium Milkmaid Tropaeolum majus from Home Saved Seeds
Californian Bluebell Phacelia tanacetifolia from Green Harvest
Pumpkin Anna Swartz Cucurbita maxima from Diggers
Pumpkin Golden Nugget Cucurbita maxima from Johnson's Seeds*
Pumpkin Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Cucurbita moschata from Diggers
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut Cucurbita moschata from Diggers
Other seeds from pumpkins grown at the community gardens in our town and a nearby one.
Squash Spaghetti Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Sunflower Giant Russian Helianthus annuus from Select Organic
Zucchini Black Beauty Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Zucchini Lebanese Cucurbita pepo from Mr Fothergill's*
Zucchini Tondo di Piacenza Cucurbita pepo from Mr Fothergill's*
Zucchini Tromboncino Cucurbita pepo from Diggers
Seeds marked * are being grown for the community garden from seeds very generously donated by Mr Fothergill's Seeds...they donated a whole box of interesting seeds for use in the garden.

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown from the 12th until the 14th of September.

General Seed Raising info 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

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Helpful Chickens

The new little chooks have been out and about lately "helping" in the garden...that's why you will find a lot of crates protecting newly planted out seedlings!!!!

Seeds Sown: I have included Cucumbers and Melons in this sowing as they may be sown in either the greens or fruit moon phase and I had more free time this week.
Agastache Licorice Blue Agastache rugosa from Diggers
Amaranth Autumn Palette Amaranthus cruentus from Diggers
Amaranth Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus from The Lost Seed
Basil Holy Tulsi Ocimum tenuiflorum from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Basil Sweet Ocimum basilicum from Diggers
Borage White Borago officinalis from 4 Seasons Seeds
Chia Salvia hispanica from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Chickweed Stellaria media from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cosmos Orange Cosmos sulphurex from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cosmos Ulam Raja Cosmos caudatas from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cucumber Double Yield Cucumis sativus from Diggers
Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green F1 Cucumis sativus from Johnson's
Cucumber Spiky Indian Cucumis Anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dock Curley Rumex crispus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Egyptian Spinach Corchorus olitorius from Cornucopia Seeds
Fat Hen Chenopodium album from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Ice Plant Crystal Leaf Mesembryanthemum crystallinum  from Green Harvest
Kang Kong Ipomoea aquatica from Phoenix Seeds
Lettuce Red Iceberg Lactuca sativa from Diggers
Lettuce Tennis Ball Lactuca sativa from Diggers
Malabar Spinach Red Basella rubra from Cornucopia
Mountain Spinach Yellow Orach Atriplex hortensis Cornucopia Seeds
Rockmelon Ananas Cucumis melo  from Diggers
Rockmelon Delice De La Table Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Prescott Fond Blanc
Cucumis melo from Diggers
Watermelon Cream Of Saskatchewan Citrullus lanatus from Diggers
Watermelon Moon and Stars Citrullus lanatus from Diggers

Potting up/on:
More tomato seedlings as they sprout
Capsicum Large Chinese and Sweet Paprika
Okra Red
Strawberry runners
Sweet Mace

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops which can be sown on the 4th and 5th of September and also on the 8th. When I shall be sowing my Squashes and Pumpkins in the greenhouse.

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 info 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

Friday, 29 August 2014

Early Spring Seed Sowing

The days are getting warmer...spring is just around the corner...but the mornings continue to be frosty! Lots of early spring propagation happening indoors and in the greenhouse.

Seeds Sown: (during Fruit Planting Phase) Note: these were all started inside on a heated propagation tray. Most sown into coir jiffy pellets which are then potted up with no disturbance to tiny seedlings
Capsicum Capsicum annuum
Chinese Giant from Diggers
Sweet Paprika from Home Saved Seeds
Okra Red Abelmoschus esculentus from Green Harvest
Sweet Mace Tagetes lucida from Diggers
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum (listed as Lycopersicon lycopersicum on Digger's seed packet and  L. esculentum  on the others)
Amish Paste from Diggers & Mr  Fothergill's
Christmas Grapes from Diggers
Red and Black "Indigo Apple" from Diggers
Tiny Tim from Johnson's seeds
Tiny Tommy Berry Mix from Diggers
Tommy Toe from Mr Fothergill's

Potting on:
Lettuce Everlasting
Lettuce Freckles
Silverbeet Bright Lights
Tomato (a few early sprouters) Tiny Tommy Berry mix, Amish Paste, Christmas Grapes, Tommy Toe

Cuttings Taken:
Black Mulberry Morus nigra
Comfrey - root cuttings plus divided
Red Veined Sorrel - divided
Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
Taupata or NZ Mirror Bush Coprosma repens

Planting Out:
Brown Onions (home grown seedlings)
Cedronella (transplants)
Lavender (cuttings)
Potato tubers Solanum tuberosum Kipfler and Spunta (started in pots)
Parsley Moss Curled (home grown seedlings)
Rosemary dark blue (cuttings)

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown from the 28th August up to the 1st of September. When I shall be starting some early Basil and Amaranth seeds on the heated propagation tray and other salad greens in the greenhouse.

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

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Root Planting

My Potatoes - Spunta and Kipfler chitted and ready for planting NOW!!!!

Very busy at the moment but just a quick reminder for Moon Planting this week...
Root crops can be sown on the 12h and 13th and also on the 16th of August. Carrots and Parsnips could go in now if one had a bed cleared of earwigs to put them in which I don't!!!!

A bit of info on Potatoes 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

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