Monday, 24 November 2014



Doc has been busy helping me to move the potting benches to the back of the garden. With my broken left wrist still in it's cast for another week I will say that Doc has been doing most of the work.
This area which includes part of the Old Chook Run Garden will soon become my "Propagation Area" for the garden. It will include the old Caravan (with power for the heated propagation tray), a Greenhouse, these Shaded Benches (70%shade) for potting on and cuttings and a Shade House with 50% shade.
All my small vegetable beds will be on this side of the block for easier access and the other block will be for the Chooks and Fruit trees and shrubs.

Seeds Sown: Root seed sowing time on the Moon planting chart is also time for sowing seeds of perennial plants.
A trial sowing of an old seed order from Trees For Life - you can never have too many local Acacias, which are nitrogen fixers, growing in the Orchard.
Acacia calamifolia -Wallowa
Acacia hakeoides - Hakea Wattle
Acacia ligulata - Umbrella Bush
Acacia oswaldii - Umbrella Wattle
Acacia sclerophylla Harde-leaved Wattle
Black Oak Casuarina pauper also nitrogen fixing
Dryland Tea Tree Melaleuca lanceolata not nitrogen fixer but attracts beneficials

Some perennials from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Mangard Raspberry Jam Wattle Acacia acuminata
Pomegranate Large Punica granatum
Winter Apple Berry Eremophila debilisNative Raspberry Rubus rosifolius
Kiwi Fruit Chinese Gooseberry Actinidia deliciosa

Sturt Pea Swainsona formosa from Mr Fothergills
Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea presii from Mr Fothergills
Native Lemongrass Cymbopogon ambiguus from home saved seeds


Many of these seeds needed to be soaked overnight before sowing.

Potting On:
Anise Hyssop Seedlings
Crotalaria seedlings
Parcel seedlings
Pigeon Pea seedlings

I had a tidy up of my plants on the tables as we moved them so many have been potted on and all have been tidied and pruned.

Cuttings/Division:
Tomato Indigo Apple (Red and Black) these only had 5 seeds in the pack and only 4 germinated so I have taken some 'sucker cuttings' to get more plants!

Planting Out:
Parsley purchased seedlings
Trombocino Zucchini seedlings
Tepary Bean seedlings



The new garden behind the Chook Food Shed is coming along well. With many flowering herbs attracting beneficials and the fruit trees beginning to set fruit it is a buzz with life at the moment.

The next sowing time will be for Greens Seeds on November 25th and 26th.

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

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, 5 November 2014

Late Spring Sowing

 A few more seeds have been sown...while I'm waiting to get the other seedlings out into their beds.

Seeds Sown:
Amaranth Aztec Rajeera Amaranthus cruentus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Basil Blue Spice Ocimum americanum from The Seed Collection
Basil Thai Lime Ocimum americanum var. americanum from 4Seasons Seeds
Basil Thai Siam Queen Ocimum basilicum  from The Seed Collection
Bean Climbing Snake Yard Long Vigna unguiculata from Diggers
Bean Dwarf Flageolet Flagrano Phaseolus vulgaris 'Flagrano' from Diggers
Bean Dwarf Italian Romano Phaseolus vulgaris from Diggers
Beans Tepary Blue Speckled Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Beans Tepary Brown Seeded "Pawl" Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Beans Tepary Hood White Phaseolus acutifolia from Inspiration's Seeds
Bean Dwarf Violet Queen Bush Phaseolus vulgaris  from Diggers
Black Cumin Nigella sativa from Home Saved Seeds
Black Mint (Huacatay) Tagetes minuta From Fair Dinkum Seeds
Californian Poppy Alba Eschscholzia californica from The Seed Collection
Californian Poppy Single Choice Collection Eschscholzia californica from The Seed Collection
Corn Painted Mountain Zea Mays from Diggers Sown direct into the garden
Cosmos Sensation Dazzler Cosmos bipinnetus from The Seed Collection
Cucumber Chuzzle Cucumis dipsaceus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Cucumber Spiky Cucumis anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dianthus Fringed Pink Dianthus superbus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Dock Curley Rumex crispus from Fair Dinkum Seeds

Kiwano Horned Melon Cucumis metuliferus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Marigold Red Marietta Tagetes patula from Diggers
Nasturtium Empress Of India Tropaeolum majus from Diggers
Nasturtium Ladybird Tropaeolum majus from Diggers
Radish Rat-Tailed Raphanus sativus from The Seed Collection
Tomato Christmas Grapes Lycopersicon lycopersicum from Diggers
Tomato Tiny Tommy Berry Mix Lycopersicon lycopersicum from Diggers
Triangle Rush (Club Rush) Schoenoplectus mucronatus from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Ulam Raja Cosmos caudatas from Fair Dinkum Seeds

Potting up/on:

Alfalfa/Lucerne seedlings
Amish Paste Tomato seedlings

Planting Out:
Spaghetti Squash
Christmas Grape Tomatoes
Potato Onions that were moved from another bed


The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown on the 11th and 12th of November. When I shall sow some seeds of perennial plants. 

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

Friday, 31 October 2014

One Handed Gardening???

Unable to do much in the garden we took the chance to go and visit the Grandies. PoppyDoc helped set up their new garden beds which they will plant up with some of Nannie's seedlings and Strawberries. Meanwhile they had a lovely time in their new sandpit.

Well when I said life was chaotic in the last post, gardening is on a go slow at the moment as I have my left arm in a cast after breaking my wrist! Luckily I did manage to get a few jobs done before it happened. Do you know how much you use both hands do do things????

Seeds Sown:
Crotalaria Crotalaria species from Greenpatch Seeds
Lucerne Medicago sativa from Greenpatch Seeds
Osteospermum fruticosum from Mr Fothergill's
Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan seeds from a friend
Strawberry White Soul
Fragaria vesca from 4 Seasons Seeds
Strawberry Yellow Wonder
Fragaria vesca from 4Seasons Seeds
Peanuts Arachis hypogaea from Greenpatch Seeds
Peppermint Mentha × piperita from Country Value Seeds
Asparagus Purple Asparagus officinalis from Home Saved Seeds
Beetroot Touchstone Gold Beta vulgaris from Green Harvest
The following seeds have been scattered around the new fruit area:
Buckwheat
Chickpeas
Cosmos
Nasturtiums
Parsnip
Phacelia
Sunflowers Red
Sunflowers Sun King
Hopefully the earwigs will allow at least a few to grow.

Potting On: I had a tidy up of my plant table before the hot weather arrived.
Abutilon milleri
Anise Hyssop seedlings
Basil Sweet  seedlings
Cape Mallow Anisodontea x hypomandarum
Cerastium tomentosum - Snow-in-Summer
Chickweed seedlings
Cistus Sunset
Cucumber Double Yield Seedlings
Cucumber Mini White seedlings
Dampiera diversifolia
Fig Excel
Fig St Dominique Violet
Hebe hybrid 'Wiri Charm'
Japanese Yam seedlings
Lavender Blue
Lavender Dwarf Pink
Lime Balm
Lettuce Salad Leaf Mixed seedlings
Lettuce Tennis Ball seedlings
Okra seedlings
Passionfruit Daisy Tagetes lemonii
Parsley Afro seedlings
Plumbago auriculata var. alba
Polygala dalmaisiana
Pumpkin Golden Nugget seedlings
Sage Variegated
Sweet Mace seedlings
Sweet Potato Mauve
Sweet Potato White
Tomato Christmas Grapes seedlings
Thyme Turkey
Watermelon Cream of Saskatchewan seedlings
Watermelon Moon and Stars seedlings
White Currant cuttings

Cuttings/Division:
African Daisy White Osteospermum fruticosum
Citronella Grass
Dymondia Marguerite
Mint Ginger
Mint Lime
Yarrow White

Planting Out:
Coreopsis
Lettuce Tennis Ball
Red Shallots
Tomato Red and Black
Tomato Tiny Tommy Mixed
Yarrow White

I completely missed the Greens planting dates for October so will have to catch up during Fruit planting dates on November 2nd & 3rd and 6th. When I shall be sowing some more seeds from a new Seed Supplier.  If you like to grow unusual food and useful plants go check them out.
Fair Dinkum Seeds
 
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

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, 10 October 2014

Top-up Sowing

It's a daily ritual this time of the year to take the trays of seedlings out of the greenhouse and return them at night.

Life has been chaos with lots of markets, lots of sowing and transplanting seeds and a trip to hospital (finally) thrown in for good measure. Now all that has passed I can get down to some serious garden re-vamping and get my spring seedlings planted out. The weather is warming up but the nights are still chilly, while getting things ready I have been out catching earwigs and getting the chooks to help. The Faveroles have been very helpful in clearing the smaller beds while the younger bantams just go wildly scratching their way around the fruit trees.

During the Green Planting Moon Phase (September 25th to 28th):
Seeds Sown: Sown into punnets but no longer needing the heated bed!
Basil Sweet Genovase Ocimum basililicum from DT Brown
Lettuce Mixed Salad Leaves Lactuca sativa from Johnsons Seeds
Parcel aka Leaf Celery Apium graveolens var. Secalinum from Home Saved Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense var sativum from Phoenix Seeds
Sunflower Sun King Helianthus annuus from DT Brown

Potting up/on:
Basil Holy/Tulsi
Basil Sweet
Kang Kong
Malabar Spinach Red

During the Fruit Planting Moon Phase (October 3rd and 6 & 7th):
Seeds Sown: some extras for backups.
Cucumber Double Yield Cucumis sativus from Diggers
Cucumber Mini White Cucumis sativus from 4 Seasons Seeds
Cucumber Spiky Indian Cucumis anguria from Fair Dinkum Seeds
Okra Red Abelmoschus esculentus Green Harvest
Rockmelon Ananas Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Prescott Cucumis melo from Diggers
Rockmelon Delice Cucumis melo from Diggers
Zucchini Black Beauty Cucurbita pepo from Greenpatch

Potting Up:
Capsicum Large Chinese
Cucumber Double Yield
Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green
Pumpkin Anna Swartz
Pumpkin Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck
Pumpkin Wrinkled Butternut
Rockmelons Ananas
Rockmelon Delice De La Table
Rockmelon Prescott Fond Blanc
Squash Spaghetti
Zucchini Tromboncino
Zucchini Black Beauty

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops which can be sown on the 10th and 11th as well as the 14th and 15th of October.

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

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

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