Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Rain 09??? and 08!

From the Elder's Weather site...Here is a snapshot of our area's 'possible' predicted rainfall for 2009...looks like we could be in for a wet March but winter looks like remaining dry for yet another year.

This chart lists Jan's rainfall as 'above normal'.
Our average for Jan is 22mm...question

The same site had this chart showing the next 28 days' 'possible' predicted rainfall.
Looks to me like the last few days of January could be quite soggy! eek confused eek


I've already totalled up the rainfall for this year...I really don't think it's going to rain tonight...
Our total was 226.2mm
Our average is 364.6mm

My month by month rain chart...the dark columns show our average...the lighter ones what we got.
3 months above average and 3 months below 5mm... sad rolleyes sad

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

New Year Wishes For You

Garden Log 28 Dec 08:

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 11.6C
Lowest Max 26.7C
Highest Max 33C
Rain 1.4 mm

The last Garden Log for 2008.
I wish all readers a Happy New Year.
May you all have great harvests
and just the right amount of sun and rain
to make your gardens grow!

With Christmas and the Summer Solstice behind us now the next couple of months are set to be scorchers. We have had a very mild start to summer here and as a result have had some great harvests already...mainly in the Zucchini family.

The Costata Romanesco Zucchinis have been wonderful they are almost creamy in texture. The Black Zucchinis are in full production now and I have a couple of the Trombocino Zucchinis setting and growing bigger each day...I'm looking forward to tasting these.

In preparation for the coming heat I've covered Bed 4 with white 50% shadecloth...I've not enclosed it yet as planned.

It was to be an enclosed shaded bed to keep the grasshoppers at bay but so far this year the grasshoppers haven't been a major problem.
In this video clip (a snippet from the Establishing A Food Forest DVD) Geoff Lawton says that:
"if you have a plague of grasshoppers,
you have a deficiency of ground birds"

He speaks of using Turkeys as grasshopper control. I have found young chickens useful and comical to watch attacking grasshoppers...

...but I believe this year it's the gangs of Apostlebirds (left photo) that are doing the work. They are often to be seen scratching around the front garden just next to the Main Veg Garden. And I've seen the Wattlebirds (right photo) catching grasshoppers in the evenings. So thank you, my garden friends. biggrin

The Sunflowers are towering over the beds

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Zucchini Costata Romanesco^^^^^1705g
Zucchini Black^^^^^1238g
Lebanese Mini Cucumber^^^^^288g
Lemon Cucumber^^^^^65g
Atomic Red Carrots^^^^^141g
Ida Gold Tomato^^^^^17g (first tomatoes for the season)
Apricots^^^^^3500g (these were dried)
Peaches^^^^^275g (plus grazing)
Plus a yummy mix of greens for salads...young Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Gotu Kola.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Aliens To The Rescue

We have left a couple of giant Coriander plant to go to seed. Doc wants to keep the seeds to grind up to use in his curries...yum!

Unfortunately they have become infested with seems to be a good year for them this year!

The great news is that not only have the Ladybirds (Coccinella transversalis) come to the rescue (again)...but they've been breeding these alien creatures to help eat the aphids.

These strange looking fellows are the 'baby' larvae and can eat up to 100 aphids each day so it shouldn't take this lot long to clear up those aphids on the coriander!

If I had chosen to spray the aphids I would have destroyed all the Ladybirds (Ladybugs) as well and would never had seen this next generation of these wonderful creatures.

More on My Garden Photo Blog:

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Christmas in Australia's Hot...

(Val Donlon / Lesley Sabogal)

Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow
Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what its not
When the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near

Read the rest here on this link:
This was one of my favourites at the kids' end of year school (Christmas) concerts
(...nearly every year wink )

I even borrowed my neighbour's
Jacaranda Tree
to photograph...
it's in full bloom right now!

Merry Christmas everyone
from Scarecrow's Summer Garden...
hope you enjoy your winter and snow
all you North World Dwellers!

A not too hot forecast of 33C (91.4F) for Christmas Day!!! ... eekloleek


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