Sunday, 1 February 2015

End of January...Greenhouse.

End of January...Green House!!
Busy end to January to make the most of the glorious weather we have had. Lot's of jobs completed...the To Do List is getting shorter!!

Notes from my garden diary...

Jan 2015
22nd Jan
Temperature Min 13.3C Max 35.4C
Made the shade cloth cover over the new Lemon tree...sewed hems on the ends to thread the hosepipe through.
Weeded around the tree - mainly Tagasaste and Amaranth...since the rain seedlings are coming up everywhere!!!


23rd Jan
Temperature Min 17.5C Max 30.4C
We started to build the Green House! We finished it! Glad the temperature wasn't higher because it was hot work!


24th Jan
Temperature Min 10.6C Max 27C
Sewed the end hems on some 50% white shade cloth while Doc found some star pickets and poly hose pipe to fit over them. These are now forming a shade structure over the green house which will hopefully help to protect it from the worst of the weather...heat, cold, wind, hail...

25th Jan
Temperature Min 10.9C Max 23.5C
Went to the beach...the Grandies were staying there so we went for a visit! While we were there we got some new pots for the shade tunnel and some fun windmills just coz!



26th Jan
Temperature Min 6C Max 23.4C
Sorted out the hoses to go into the green house and still allow me to water the plant tables and the rest of the garden. Doc dug a trench to bury and cover the hose once it was all sorted.
Doc rescued a stainless steel sink from the old dog enclosure out the back and then proceeded to dismantle the structure.
We have reused some trellising that is no longer needed out the front...it has been put along the south side of the greenhouse to give it even more protection from winds.



27th Jan
Temperature Min 9.5C Max 24.7C
Attached more hose to run down the side of the Green house for a small planting in behind it. Attached drippers and dripper hose then planted out the Dwarf Red Dacca Banana I bought last year...it should be a protected, warm spot for it. Also planted out some of the Comfrey root cuttings I took last year and some potted Valerian and Lucerne too. These can be cut for mulch and brewed into plant teas.
We attached some PVC tubing on Green House Shade Cover to keep the hoops aligned and anchor the shade cloth. Tidying up around the garden...more pots to sort through...
Soaked bean seeds for sowing tomorrow.

 

28th Jan
Temperature Min 9.3C Max 25.9C
Sowed Beans Frost and Flageolet Flagrano  
Planted Spiky Cucumbers
Emptied and moved small greenhouse stand ready for some Autumn seed sowing.
Reused another piece of trellis from the front to block one corner of my little pot store shed...planted a couple Japanese Yams in the soil at the base.
 


29th Jan
Temperature Min 11C Max 27C
Sowed seeds of :-
Brassicas - Broccoli Mediterranean Sprouting & Albert, Brussels Sprouts Long Island & Ruby, Cabbage Red Choi, Red Drumhead & Portugal Summer (Couve Tronchuda), Cauliflower 60 Days,  Asian Greens Mix (Pak Choy, Tatsoi, Tokyo Bekama, Vitamin Green and Coriander), Mizuna Red and Lime Streaks
Herbs - Coriander, Mitsuba and Chinese (soup) Celery
Lettuces - Australian Yellow Leaf, Cos, Freckles Bunte, Red & Green Salad & Tennis Ball.
A tray Peas for Pea Shoots
Potted up White Rock Rose cuttings 
Potted up a purchased punnet of Silver Beet Rainbow Mix that were very crowded in the punnet.



30th Jan
Temperature Min 11.4C Max 29.3C
We were hoping to be able to remove the galv iron behind the trellis out the back without disturbing the plants too much. What should have been a 10 minute job took a bit longer than that when a star picket found the main water supply pipe (plastic pipe). Luckily we keep a supply of joiner fittings and Doc was able to fix it. But we had to dismantle the whole trellis to dig down to get to the pipe in behind the bed. All fixed now and looking much better...I'm sure the plants will recover!
Took cuttings from the Sweet Appleberry that was one of the disturbed plants...just in case it doesn't recover.



31st Jan
Temperature Min 11.5C Max 27C
Planted 3 Saffron Crocus bulbs in a pot.
Harvested some Amaranth self sown micro greens and cooked them up along with some tomatoes, parsley, silverbeet and tromboncino zoodles with a few of the girls eggs thrown in. Yum.
Doc built a new stand for the sink...a coat of paint on the wood and it was put into place. Now I have somewhere to wash out pots and veg from the garden that is a comfortable height to work at!

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth micro greens
Chives
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Kale
Parcel
Parsley
Silverbeet
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Plums

Saturday, 24 January 2015

January Week 3...Old Chook House Revamp



The Old Chook House was nearly falling down...so Doc pulled it all apart and rebuilt a cute little shelter and pot storage area.


15th Jan
Temperature Min 8.8C Max 23C Sunny with little wind.
Scuffled some of the million odd weeds that have started to germinate after the rain!!
Mulched beds with Organic Sugarcane mulch
Tied strings to Tomatoes (Roma) at rear of the bed in the shade tunnel. This will allow me to give the strings a quick tap every so often for pollination of the tomato flowers as there won't be any bees inside the shade tunnel.



16th Jan
 Temperature Min ??C Max 29.6C Warming up slowly
Put some potatoes from my previous crop into an egg carton for "chitting" - hope to get these planted this month for a late crop to harvest before the frosts hit!
Out in the garden I weeded, fed, tied up and pruned tomatoes then mulch the beds with sugarcane mulch.



17th Jan
Temperature Min 10C Max 28C Beautiful weather!!
Emptied and tided garden shed - lots had been stashed away in there for the storms. Doc made new shelves on my work table as the wooden ones went mouldy after they got wet when the roof leaked. These wire grills off the back of old fridges will be perfect and not stay wet when the roof leaks again!
Covered the new zucchini and pumpkin seedlings with lightweight shade cloth as they were being scorched by the sun.
Planted 3 Silverbeet seedlings



18th Jan
 Temperature Min 10.6C Max 28C Could get very used to this weather!!
Emptied out the old chook house and dismantled it...it will get a new roof and side. This will be a storage area for my empty pots.



19th Jan
Temperature Min 11.5C Max 29.4C Starting to warm up weather-wise
Doc continued to rebuild the Old Chook House while I gave one of the new chook houses a thorough clean out. I scrubbed the nest boxes and re-lined them with sawdust, DE, herbs - wormwood, fennel, oregano and lemon balm...this mixture was also spread on the floor as it was covered with fresh straw.
Out in the garden the beans and amaranth are just poking their heads up!
 

20th Jan
Temperature Min 16.3C Max 31.5C horribly windy today...stayed inside and cooked soup and stock!!!
Noticed most of the beans are up



21st Jan 
Temperature Min 14.8C Max 29C
Doc finished off the new shelter.
Potted up seedlings of Lacinato/Tuscan Kale, the only 2 Brussels Sprouts and 3 Lettuce seedlings that survived being drowned in the rain!
Put them with the other lot of Kale seedlings in the shade tunnel where they will get more sun and still be protected from bugs
Potted on Roma Tomato and Rockmelon seedlings and some Lucerne out of their loo rolls (they are too dry this time of the year).
Made a hoop arch for the new Lemon tree for shade cloth.
In the evening I attached a connection for a curly hose in the shade tunnel and then tidied and pruned in the orchard beds.

This week I have been harvesting...
Kale that is still growing from last year
Parsley which has taken off since the rain
Thyme & Bay Leaves went into the soup/stock pot
Tomatoes
Tromboncino
Zucchini
Plums

Thursday, 15 January 2015

January Week 2...Rain!!!



Things might still be a bit of a mess in this back corner of the block but things are starting to grow!
A great week with cooler temperatures and a decent drop of rain at last! Very humid conditions so I had to keep an eye out for any mildew attacks.  The cooler weather meant the chance to spend some time in Adelaide and go shopping!

Notes from my garden diary...

Jan 2015

8th Jan
Temperature Min 21.5C Max 33.5C
Still waiting for the rain to start, swept concrete areas and continued to tidy...
Added gravel mulch (fine) to native seedling transplants
Potted up 3 trays of Kale seedlings and put them on the potting table (70% shade cloth) and covered them with vege net - should stop them being damaged by any heavy rain that might come...
Planted 4 tiny Tuscan Kale seedlings into the shade house beds.
Potted up 5 Lilly Pilly cuttings using the native potting mixture.



9th Jan
Temperature Min 18.7C Max 21.7C 5mm Rain
Much cooler with light rain falling after lunch.
Potted up Basils - Blue Spice, Thai Lime, Thai Siam Queen and Sweet.
Potted up Dianthus Fringed Pink.
Dead headed any spent flower heads and removed dead leaves on plants. We are on a downy mildew alert so shade covers were removed from beds especially cucurbits which are prone to mildew attack in humid weather. This will allow more air movement to dry the leaves of these plants. 


10th Jan
Temperature Min 13.3C Max  18C 27mm Rain o/night
Cool with drizzle falling...
Emptied trays that the pots are in - keeping some water at the base of a pot is one thing but being drowned is another matter.
Planted Lemon (Lemonade) tree, Lucerne seedlings, Lavender, Pigeon pea seedlings and a couple of Strawberry Guava seeds  around the base of the tree.
Seedlings of Radish and Kohl Rabi emerging in the shadehouse.

11th Jan

Temperature Min 13.2C Max 20.6C
Foggy and drizzly all day so spent the day cooking in the kitchen...lots of meals now in the freezer.

12th Jan

Temperature Min 15C Max 23.5C 2mm Rain
Took advantage of the cooler weather to hop in the Hippy Bus (campervan) and pop down to Adelaide for some retail therapy...lots of shopping...

13th Jan

Temperature Min 17.5C Max 20.6C 48mm Rain
A very windy return trip home from Adelaide to find a very wet garden and house!!! More rain!!!



14th Jan
Temperature Min 11C Max 23.6C
The sun was out making it very pleasant to be in the garden. The soil was lovely and damp so I took the chance to shape some beds up and plant some seedlings.
Zucchini Black Jack, Cucumber Long Green, Pumpkin Golden Nugget, Nasturtiums and Rock Melon Petit Gris De Rennes.
Direct sown seeds of Marigold Red Marietta, Amaranth Autumn Palette, Aztec Amaranth Rajeera, Black Cumin, Bean Italian Romano and Violet Queen Bush Bean.
In the shade house the Carrots are germinating!


This week I have been harvesting...
Kale
Parsley
Silverbeet
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Plums

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

January Week 1...Shadehouse.

 
A hot week to start the year but we managed to complete and plant up the new Shade house. As always the heat means we are up early in the morning and usually have our jobs completed by lunchtime. Sometimes we can go back out in the evening but this is often just to let the chooks out for a scratch while we water their straw yard down so it is cooler for the next hot day. Of course the silly things choose this hot weather to go broody!  By Wednesday the humidity was rising ahead of what promises to be a significant rain event with thunderstorms.

This clip from Elders Weather Page shows our forecasted rain. We live in hope!

Notes from my garden diary...

Jan 2015

1st Jan 
Temperature Min 14.4C Max  35.7C
Added rest of shade cloth to house Doc made a new door and covered it with shade cloth. Filled beds with rough fill, straw, potting mix, mushroom compost, coir/sheep manure mix and garden soil. Mixed well and watered.


2nd Jan 

Temperature Min 17C Max  39.9C
Attached irrigation (dripper) hose to beds


3rd Jan 
Temperature Min 21.2C Max  40.2C
Moved potting bench from under Carob tree in driveway to behind the shade house.
Plants were sorted, pruned and re-potted.


4th Jan 
Temperature Min 16.2C Max  31.3C 2.4mm Rain
Planted into beds in the shade house Tomatoes , Sweet Basil, Egyptian Spinach, Silverbeet, Spring Onions and Parcel.
Planted Basil seedlings with Tomatoes in outside bed.


5th Jan 
Temperature Min 16.8C Max  34.5C
Potted up native seedlings using a purchased Native Plant Potting mix 



6th Jan 
Temperature Min 21C Max  37.4C
Attached dripper line (15cm spacing) to last bed and sowed Carrots (tape), Radish, Kohl Rabi, and Beetroot seedlings
Tidied garden for impending heavy rain - put away anything that shouldn't get wet


7th Jan 
Temperature Min 22.6C Max  38C Doc's Birthday and our 37th Wedding Anniversary.
Secured items in garden - storms forecast with rain event
New tarp cover to straw pile - the old one ripped in recent wind storms.

Monday, 5 January 2015

End of 2014

Spring came and went quite unproductively, harvest-wise in the garden. We have been busy re-shaping the garden to create a workable propagating area and more manageable growing spaces.
Swapping sheds around, building beds and shade structures and clearing garden beds to allow for machinery to gain access to remove a large and very dead gum tree out the back.

This tree had to be removed before any major work began on building the greenhouse and shade houses...really before most of the spring garden could be planted out.
It wasn't until mid Dec that this tree was able to be removed! But it is gone now and Doc and I have been very busy sorting out the garden!

Since August I have not been and will no longer be weighing the produce as it is harvested...I will just keep a record of which crops are being harvested. I will keep a tally of eggs and will again note temperature and rainfall with a new weather station once A) it has been installed and B) I learn how to use it!!!

Weather (as of Aug from the Bureau of Meteorology) for 2014
Jan....Low 8.9C....High 43.4C.... Rain 9mm
Feb....Low 6.3C....High 41.4C....Rain 37mm
Mar....Low 4.8C....High 34.3C....Rain 3mm
Apr....Low 3.9C....High 33.4 C....Rain 84.5mm
May....Low  2C....High  23.3C....Rain 51 mm
Jun....Low  -1.2C....High  16.4C....Rain  22.5mm
July....Low -5.2C....High  18.2C....Rain 15 mm
Aug....Low -4.8C....High 22.5C....Rain  11.8mm
Sept....Low  0.5C....High  18.8C....Rain 26 mm
Oct....Low  -1.4C....High 34.9C....Rain  0.3mm
Nov....Low  1.1C....High  38.7C....Rain  9.4mm
Dec....Low  4.9C....High 34.9C....Rain 16.4mm
Total Rainfall for 2014 was 285.9mm our average is 330.2mm

Month by Month Eggs...Total for 2014...873 eggs.
Jan 32
Feb 12
Mar 32
Apr 1
May 11
Jun 40
Jul 102
Aug 117
Sept 150
Oct 150
Nov 114
Dec 112

Looking forward to a more productive 2015...I aim to be positive this year and set myself small easily accomplished goals for each day!!
I hope everyone has a great year in their gardens and that we all have perfect weather conditions for growing our food...or at least find strategies to work with what our climate chooses to throw at us this year!!!

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