Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: June 2014

Growth around the garden in June:
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
Broccoli Albert
Mixed Spinach and Rocket
Mammoth Melting Climbing Snow Peas

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -1.2C
Highest Min 11.2C
Lowest Max 8.3C
Highest Max 16.4C
22.5mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 207mm (Average YTD: 153mm)
Comparison with other years:
June Average is 33.9mm:
2013 116.5mm
2012  24mm
2011 14.5mm
2010 13.5mm
2009 53mm
2008 27mm
2007 7.5mm

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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Lettuce, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Silverbeet, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.

Broccoli 155g
Potatoes 368g
Spinach 81g
Sweet Potato 226g

Total Veg Harvest for June .8Kgs


Total Eggs for June: 40 eggs.
39 From the 7 Farmyard Bantams
   1 From the 3 Faverolles

June of Previous Years:

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Winter Solstice Already!!!

We had sunshine on our shortest day of the year here in Scarecrow's Garden in South Australia, that was after 2mm of rain overnight and a drizzly morning!

Potting Up: New purchases
Indian Curry Tree Murraya koenigii
Mushroom Plant Rungia kiossii
Native Peppermint Mentha australis
Native Violet Viola hederacea
Potato Onions Allium cepa
Snow in Summer Cerastium tormentosum
Tree Onions Allium cepa, proliferum
All from Greenpatch Seeds
Red Papaya Carica papaya 'Thai Red' - a freebie plant from a Diggers Club order
Strawberry 'Temptation' Fragaria x ananassa - also from Diggers Club
Some of the above will need extra care to keep them warm during the rest of our winter.

Cuttings Taken:
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
Lime Balm Melissa officinalis 'Lime'
Loganberry Rubus loganobaccus
Rosemary Dark Blue Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary Prostrate Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Winter Savory Satureja montana

Planting Out:
At home 3 Stella Cherry Seedlings and 1 Gooseberry plant were moved from elsewhere in the garden to the Orchard new beds
At the Community Garden:
Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum
Bay Tree Laurus nobilis
Coriander Coriandrum sativum
Golden Marjoram Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'
Oregano Origanum vulgare
Parsley Italian Petroselinum crispum 'Neapolitanum'
Rosemary Prostrate Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Thyme Pizza Thymus pulegloidea 'Tabor'
All planted into the Herb Garden Tank Bed

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops  which can be sown on the 28th and 29th of June. I might sow some Leek seeds but will probably wait until the second quarter (Fruit planting) as these can be sown at either time.

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

Friday, 13 June 2014

Winter Propagation

It seems strange to have so much growth happening in the garden at this time of the year...lots cuttings and seedlings being potted on and many rescued volunteers receiving some extra care before planting out in a new spot.
 

Seeds Sown: Plus I'm playing catchup on my Green's list I missed last week
Broad Beans Vicia faba Crimson Flowering from Southern Harvest (I found some old seed...If they grow I'll save the seeds)
Broad Beans Vicia faba Scarlet Cambridge Home Saved Seeds
Heartsease Viola tricolour Johnny Jump Ups from Mr Fothergill's
Lettuce Lactuca sativa Australian Yellow from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Lettuce Lactuca sativa Everlasting from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Lettuce Freckles Lactuca sativa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Pea Dwarf Pisum sativum Onward from DT Brown
Pea Climbing Pisum sativum Angela's Blue (Purple Podded) from Home Saved Seeds
Silverbeet Beta vulgaris Bright Lights from Eden Seeds

Potting On: Seedlings
Cauliflower 60 Days
Cabbage Sugarloaf
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield
Onion Brown
Parsley Moss Curled

Potting On: Cuttings
Convolvulus cneorum
Daisy Double White
Lavender
Lemon Scented Geranium Variegated
Salvia Huntington's Pink

Cuttings Taken:
Curry Bush Helichrysum angustifolium

Rescued Self Sown Seedlings: More...
Canary Island Lavender

Carob
Clary Sage
Larkspur
NZ Spinach

Planting Out:

Alyssum seedlings
Larkspur
Rocket seedlings

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown on the 14th and 15th and also on the 18th and 19th of June.

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

Friday, 6 June 2014

Community Garden Visit

Not a lot of propagation happening around here lately but I did get to go with some of our Community Garden Plotters to visit a Community Garden in a nearby township. They had some interesting ideas happening there as the photo above shows. We came back with a huge Pumpkin which was shared and made into some warming soup for the Twilight Gathering last week. The seeds of the pumpkin are drying in my spare room right now for next summer.

Rescued Self Sown Seedlings:

NZ Spinach
Canary Island Lavender

Planting Out:
NZ Spinach moved from a pathway
Gooseberry plant moved to the orchard/food forest
Dianella revoluta
Statice

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown from 11.30am on the 7th up to and including the 11th of July.

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

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: May 2014:


Growth around the garden in May 2014:
1 Winter Salad Bed (potted)...3 steps from the back door!
2 Sweet Potato cuttings taken for next season.
3 Mammoth Melting Climbing Snow Peas flowering as they reach for sunshine out of the shade from the house.
4 60 Day Cauliflowers already harvested! Yum!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 2C
Highest Min 12.5C
Lowest Max 11C
Highest Max 23.3C
51mm Rainfall

Rain: Year To Date: 184.5mm (Average YTD: 119.1mm)
Comparison with other years:
May Average is 31.1mm:
2014 51mm
2013 48 mm
2012  9mm
2011 40mm
2010 55.8mm
2009 11.5mm
2008 49mm
2007 30.2mm

Weather Highlights?
The month began with cold wet days...brightened up to beautiful Autumn weather but by the end of the month we were back to cool wet conditions!
During May there were 22 days that began with humidity levels over 80%. Now we head into what is being predicted to be a dry winter.

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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Lettuce, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Silverbeet, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beetroot 189g
Bok Choi 77g
Cauliflower 2598g
Kale 375g + much more fed to chooks
Radish 189g
Silverbeet 283g + much more fed to chooks
Sweet Paprika 784g

Total Veg Harvest for May 3.8Kgs


Apples Pink Lady 1176g
Pears 450g

Total Fruit Harvest for May 1.6Kg


Total Eggs for May:  11 eggs.
3 From the 7 Farmyard Bantams (from one of the little new girls!!!)
8 From the 3 Faverolles 


The first tiny eggs from the new bantams

The Greens planted in the Bath Tub Bed were struggling in the cooler conditions until I popped over a covering of clear plastic and growth took off.

Work on the garden around the new chook food shed is continuing with ideas falling into place as it develops. Next is a delivery of new bare rooted fruit trees and some seedling fruit trees moved to the area to extend the orchard or what is becoming more of a food forest.

May of Previous Years:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


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