Sunday, 19 April 2015

Dems D' Breaks

March Week 1...
Summer has ended and we head into Autumn with much cooler weather to start the month. 

Tuesday 3rd Mar
Temperature Min 16.8C Max 29.3C
Planted a Purple Sprouting Broccoli into my Community Garden bed it was a spare seedling from my neighbour.
The old shade cover over the water garden has been removed and the bath tub emptied to be moved somewhere else maybe as a pond.

Thursday 5th Mar
Temperature Min 12.7C Max 24.2C
Planted up my Community Garden Bed - Red Choi, Red Cabbage, Mizuna, Lettuces, Garlic, Society Garlic...and some late Basil plants went into the Community Herb Garden

March Week 2...
A long weekend was a chance to get a couple of beds made up and the Garlic planted for this year. During the week, while working in the garden, Doc took a stumble and now has a badly broken leg.

Sunday 8th Mar
Temperature Min 9C Max 27C
Doc had the chainsaw to get out some tree roots (on the dead gum tree stump) and chop up some old branches.
Built a new wicking bed and topped up a compost bed. After sorting hoses for both (dripper line to the compost bed and a tap and hose to the wicking bed) they were mulched with organic sugarcane mulch and planted. Kale, 60 day Cauliflowers and Broccoli Albert seedlings went into the compost bed. Garlic - Mammoth Purple, Melbourne Market and Italian Red - was planted in the wicking bed. Both beds were covered with vege net to keep the birds off and the bugs.
Sown into seedling trays; Onions - Gladalan White, Red Californian and Barletta
Potted on a purchased punnet of Leeks (a bit overgrown again)

Monday 9th Mar Public Holiday in SA
Temperature Min ?C Max 27.2C
Doc attached the Blackboard under the shelter at the Community Garden.
Back home I harvested a tub full of Silverbeet from the Shade Tunnel, par-cooked it and managed to put over 1kg in the freezer.

Tuesday 10th Mar
Temperature Min 9C Max 27.5C
Community Garden day - helped water beds, trim plants and tidy beds...the Garden will be open for visitors for the week before (and including) Easter!

Wednesday 11th Mar
Temperature Min 11.1C Max 28.3C
Prepared and potted up chitted potatoes Spunta and Kipfler. They have gone into pots so they can be moved into the Greenhouse as the weather cools.
Potted up 4 Florence Fennel from a purchased pot and a couple of Capsicums that will go into the greenhouse soon. Rescued some Society Garlic and potted that up too.
Took Jasmine cuttings. Planted Egyptian (walking) Onions into the bathtub bed.

Thursday 12th Mar
Temperature Min 10.2C Max 26C
Began moving sleepers for a new garden bed...Doc tripped/fell (not quite sure what happened!!) and we spent the day waiting around at our local hospital waiting for an available flight with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to take him to Adelaide for surgery early next week!!! That was after waiting for the Ambulance to arrive from 90kms away. Doc spent a week in hospital in Adelaide and came home after surgery to place a metal plate and 11 screws/bolts in his to begin the long road to recovery. Of course he had some fun in hospital when one of our lovely Market buddies brought him a hamper of goodies (especially some coffee bags) that included some stick-on googly eyes!!!

End of March...
Fast forward a week...about all that happened in the garden last week apart from watering was potting on of seedlings...Spinach, Cauliflower, Mini Cabbage, Chinese Broadleaf Celery.

Sunday 22nd Mar
Temperature Min 7C Max 29.5C
Working Bee at the Community Garden the two of us who bothered to turn up, both had a busy time weeding pathways!!!

Wednesday 25th Mar
Temperature Min 5.7C Max 18.4C
Out in the garden again!!! Doc was supervising...Took the shade off at the end of the Deck Shaded Potting Area.
Moved the Potato pots into the Greenhouse as the night temps are  quickly dropping.
Moved (those) sleepers to form new beds on the Northern (sunny) side of the Shade Tunnel (outside). Levelled the soil ready for wicking beds, positioned beds to gauge depth. 
Planted Florence Fennel in Shade Tunnel

Thursday 26th Mar
Temperature Min 5C Max 16.3C
Potted up some Tagasate volunteers out of the mulch in the Garlic bed!!

Friday 27th Mar
Temperature Min 4.1C Max 19.8C
Potted on Spinach Bloomsdale and Southern European, Hon Tsai Tai, Parcel, Coriander, Yukina Savoy (Large Leaved Tatsoi) and Corn Salad.   

Saturday 28th Mar
Temperature Min 4.1C Max 21.3C
Sown into loo roll tubes (because their beds aren't ready just yet) - Peas Sugar Snap Climbing and Cascadia and Broad Beans Aquadulce

Monday 30th Mar
Temperature Min 8C Max 26.7C
Built up soil in 2 beds out the back with mushroom compost and soaked coir.

Tuesday 31st Mar
Temperature Min 10.5C Max 28.4C
Planted Silver Beet, Lettuce, Peas (seeds) in one bed and Mizuna, PakChoi, Chinese Broad Leaf Celery in the other. The Brassicas were covered with Vege Net.

This month we have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green
Egyptian Spinach
Malabar Spinach
Spring Onions

Monday, 2 March 2015

February Week 4...The End of Summer...

A last blast of Summer heat to end the season...not a drop of rain for February.

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015


Sunday 22nd Feb
Temperature Min 19.8C Max 36.4C in the garden (40.7C where we were)

Monday 23rd Feb
Temperature Min 21.4C Max 32.3C
Returned Home

Tuesday 24th Feb
Temperature Min 9.9C Max 26.3C
Potted up another punnet of Broccoli Albert
Continued to clear out my bed at the Community Garden and helped clear some of the other garden areas.

Wednesday 25th Feb
Temperature Min 9.7C Max 31.5C
Pruned back the Tomato Jungle in the Shade Tunnel so we can get in!!!
Dug up the Dwarf Plum Gulf Gold from it's spot in the garden as it keeps being defoliated by grasshoppers...and the site was too shady. I shall keep it in a pot until winter and find a more suitable position for it.
Sowed seeds into punnets of:
Spinach - Matador, Bloomsdale, English Medania and Southern European. Cauliflower - 60 Days, Mini and Snowball. Cabbage Mini, Chinese Broadleaf Celery, Yukina Savoy (Large Leaved Tatsoi), Hon Tsai Tai, Pak Choi, Mizuna Red and Lime Streaks, Corn Salad, Coriander and Parcel.

Thursday 26th Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 34C
Re-fitted drippers, planted Silverbeet seedlings, mulched then netted the bed to keep the birds off.
Potted up Broccoli Mediterranean Sprouting
Divided up a very overgrown clump of shallots from the Community Garden Bed. Planted some in my garden bed there and at home, the rest were potted up to share later.
Fixed (re-sewed the hems) and returned the shade cover to my community garden bed. Took it back up and Doc re-attached the hoops with wires (cable ties don't last long in the wind up there) and the PVC pipe middle support too. 

Friday 27th Feb
Temperature Min 16.8C Max 34.1C
Topped up my community garden bed with compost, soaked coir, potting mix and soil from the site that Doc shovelled into it for me...
Sorted pots and seedlings to take to a friend tomorrow.

Saturday 28th Feb
Temperature Min 19.9C Max 37C
Went to a nearby Town Garage Sale (multiple garage sales held on the same day)...and dropped off some seedlings to a friend over there.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White
Baby Kale
Spring Onions
Windfall Apples

Seed Sources: see links under the "Seed Suppliers" Page Tab above
Diggers Club, Mr Fothergill's, Greenpatch, Green Harvest, The Seed Collection, DT Brown and Home Saved.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

February Week 3...Grandies.

February Week 3...
Early in the week we said goodbye to the Grandies only to follow them up to their house the next weekend, where it was even hotter than home!! All my seedlings and plants had to be prepared for facing the heat without daily watering.

Notes from my garden diary...
Feb 2015 

Sunday 15th Feb
Temperature Min 20.7C Max 38.5C
Grandies here for a very HOT day...they spent most of the time in their clam shell pool...with lots of toys to play with.

Monday 16th Feb
Temperature Min 16.7C Max 28.2C
With the cooler weather the Grandies had a quick play out in the garden, explored the Shade Tunnel and then they were off back home.

Tuesday 17th Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 31.8C
Spent the morning at the Community Garden where many helpers put together another shed. I started to  tidy up my old plot which I have been allowed to have back!!

Wednesday 18th Feb
Temperature Min 12.5C Max 30.9C
Potted up new fruit trees Japanese Raisin Tree Hovenia dulcis and Phalsa Grewia asiatica. Potted 2 citrus trees that have been in their pots for a while. Potted up Lettuce; Tennis Ball, Australian Yellow and Freckles, 60 Day Cauliflower, Red Choi, Red Cabbage and Mizuna seedlings. 

Thursday 19th Feb
Temperature Min 16.4C Max 34C
Potted up Brussels Sprouts Ruby and Long Island, Broccoli Albert seedlings. Planted up a wicking tub in the Shade Tunnel with mixed Kale seedlings.
Connected drippers to trays of seedlings in shade tunnel, Put sand in bottom of trays to stop the seedlings drowning. Tuned a timer to water while we visit the Grandies this's going to be HOT!!!
Put extra shade cloth over the end of the new plant area to stop the hot west afternoon sun beating down.

Friday 20th Feb
Temperature Min 17.5C Max 35.7C
Travelled up to visit the Grandies to help their Dad with some jobs in the garden while their Mum was away on a short holiday.

Saturday 21st Feb
Temperature Min 18.1C Max 35.4C  in the garden and 37.9C where we were.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Baby Kale
Spring Onions

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

February Week 2...Temperatures are rising...

Even with temperatures getting up around 40C this week the shade tunnel plants are growing berserk!

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015

Sunday 8th Feb
Temperature Min 15.4C Max 35.9C
Returned from Adelaide. Stopped off to buy a new small shed on the way. Later we put the shed up!

Monday 9th Feb
Temperature Min 14.4C Max 34.5C
Built a wooden deck over a disused well hole out the back to make it safe.
Had to start by clearing of the temporary cover and attacking a few tree roots that were in the way (the tree is dead). Doc reinforced the bottom of the old cover (yes it is a re-used trampoline frame) then set about fixing the decking planks to the frame.
When finished it is now fully safe and also gives me more room to put more places for plants!!

Tuesday 10th Feb
Temperature Min 13.5C Max 34.8C
Using the space on the deck to put 2 smaller greenhouses for starting seedlings off. One moved from under the pergola. Doc assembled the other while I was at the Community Garden. These will be covered with shade cloth and I won't be using the plastic covers that came with them.
When we took the plant table away from behind the well/deck I found a seedling Avocado growing happily. With it's shade now gone I had to cover it with some shadecloth...while I had the shadecloth out I also covered the Banana behind the greenhouse that wasn't enjoying the hot weather.

Wednesday 11th Feb
Temperature Min 15.6C Max 36.9C
Turnip Purple Top seeds direct sown in Shade Tunnel, Butter Swede seeds in garden
Into punnets I sowed Beetroot Chioggia, Heirloom Mix and Cylindra; Celeriac Verona and Blue Flax
Found a shade arch on one of the old beds which fitted over the Deck just perfect even included pre-hemmed 50% white shade cloth.

Thursday 12th Feb
Temperature Min 17.4C Max 35.5C
Found another shelf from the old green house to put in the deck shade area. Sorted through pots (pruning and re-potting).
The propagation area is taking shape!
When we cleared out the dog enclosure we found this old vegetable shelf holder thingy...and now it is a vertical strawberry bed!!!

Friday 13th Feb
Temperature Min 17.9C Max 37.9C
With higher temps now I put extra shadecloth on the end of the deck shade.
Started to clear Back pergola...trimmed low growing Grapevines and Blackberries and moving pots to wherever I could find some room.

Saturday 14th Feb
Temperature Min 21.7C Max 37.8C
Cleared Back Pergola
We had guests arriving!!!

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth
Chives Onion and Garlic
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Baby Kale as micro greens
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow
Apples windfalls were cooked up

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

February Week 1...A Garden Visit

On the weekend we travelled to Adelaide to visit an unusual kind of Community Garden.
Joe's Connected Garden in Elizabeth is a shared urban garden with over 400 varieties of fruit trees mostly hot weather tolerant. Four suburban gardens linked together for food production. Three of the gardens are covered with an amazing anti-bird net. Joe also grows sub-tropical fruit plants, many in pots and sheltered in the front garden and also maintains an extensive nursery with plants for sale to help finance the gardens. This is an interesting way to allow suburban gardeners have access to more land for food production, they are involving the local community as well with many people volunteering their time on Saturday mornings to help with many of the larger projects and general upkeep of the garden.

Notes from my garden diary...Feb 2015

Sunday 1st Feb
Temperature Min ?C Max 28C
Mulched around the garden...the temperatures will rise soon now it's February! Put shade over newly sown beans. Began the long task of emptying out the old storage caravan.

Monday 2nd Feb
Temperature Min 8.5C Max 26.4C
Potted on cuttings of Winter Savoury, Blue Daisy Felicia amelloides variegata, White Flowering Thyme.

Tuesday 3rd Feb
Temperature Min 11.2C Max 28.7C
First Community Garden Committee Meeting and Twilight Meet for 2015. It was great to see how everything has survived and grown with the rain last month (including the weeds of course). The winds have been causing damage that will need to be repaired and plans are under way for building the new shed and planting up large tank beds for shared Community garden plots where every one will pitch in and help grow food for all. With the AGM next month we are setting things up ready for the withdrawal of all Government Health Department support.

Wednesday 4th Feb
Temperature Min 9.9C Max 26.9C
Took some signs up to the community garden. Doc has made and attached the "No Dogs Allowed" signs for the gates.
Made shade screen for back of Hippy Bus and fixed front sun screen cover.

Thursday 5th Feb
Temperature Min 10.7C Max 28.1C
Potted on Basil Blue Spice, Thai Lime, Thai and Sweet
Dianthus Fringed Pink
Made sure all pots were well watered and have some water in reserve as we are going away for a couple of days and the temps are rising.

Friday 6th Feb
Temperature Min 15C Max 34.7C
Travelled to Adelaide in the Hippy Bus.

Saturday 7th Feb
Temperature Min 17.4C Max 36.2C (was 38.6C where we were)
Visited Joe's Connected Garden. Photo above shows the extensive bird netting over three of the gardens.
Bought 2 Fig Trees, 2 Loquats and a Guava.

This week I have been harvesting...
Volunteer Amaranth micro greens
Cucumbers Green and Mini White ones
Kale Baby as micro greens
Spring Onions by slicing close to the base so they will regrow


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