Monday, 18 May 2009

Planting-up and New Chookies!

Scarecrow's Log: 17:05:2009:

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus~

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 1C With ice on the car!
Lowest Max 14.4C
Highest Max 18.7C
1.5mm Rain

The ice on the car! eek

What's happening in the garden?
The Trees For Life have been picked up and are on their way to a re-veg project in a nearby town! I hope my baby trees get lots of rain for this their first season.

Doc and I have been doing some soil tests around the place.
We've also did a pH test on just about every different soil mix (and more) in the garden with some very interesting results.

Of course The Black Ninja Cat had to help out!

Potting up and Planting out:
Potted up 150 plants of all sorts as an exercise for my course.
50 from punnets
50 from tubes
50 from other pots

Some of those potted up plants!

Planted seedlings of Red Cabbage, Celery, Coriander, Squire Kale, Kinstai Soup Celery into the Wicking Beds in the Dog Pen Garden. There was misty rain falling most of the weekend, so they should settle in well...they were watered in with Worm-cast tea.
I haven't covered these new plants yet and hope the cooler weather will keep the Cabbage Moth numbers down.

I built up and planted 3 new Wicking Boxes.
These boxes each have a Celery
and Mini Cauliflower seedling in them.
They have a net curtain over them.

New in the Garden This week:

We have picked up some new little chookies...but they are Farmyard Ferals and as a result extremely timid... I'll let them settle down before annoying them with the camera at closer range. wink

Meanwhile the 6 remaining Ginger Girls have moved back to their old run near the Dog Pen. They seem very happy there and are busy building nests in their new nest box but so far no sign of any eggs!
I've put a fake egg in the nest box as a gentle hint! razz

Weekly 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.
Carrots Atomic Red***90g
Jerusalem Artichokes***1124g
Peas Blue Bantam Dwarf***265g
Apples Golden Delicious***1718g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Soup Celery, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

Plus 1 Egg from the Ginger Girl(s). eekrolleyesredface


  1. What breed of chook is the one with the dual colouring? It's going to be very pretty.

  2. Those chooks certainly have a wild look about them! Are they good layers?

  3. Sorry Cosmic but I have no idea...they are backyard (or farmyard in this case) crosses.
    I'm sure they have a fair amount of bantam in them too...the way they fly around. We shall have to clip their wings when we can get near them!

  4. Hey Matron...Happy Birthday for the other day!
    Those chookies are too young to lay yet but we are hopeful!

  5. You have a wonderful blog! I just came across your blog and I will be back to read more.
    Love all the pictures!

  6. They are really nice looking birds. The leaves are beautiful in the photo. It is amazing how we are in diffrent time zones. My garden is starting and you have ice on the car.

  7. Hi scarecrow, you have ice on the car and you can still set seeds?I cannot figure out your climate!We have had almost non stop torrential rain for the past week and from reading some blogs it seems to be global.

  8. Hi Jamey
    Welcome to the blog...thanks for commenting.

    Hi Grammy
    It's always fun to compare growing notes with the Northworlders especially in our winter when the garden goes a bit quieter.

    Hi Peggy
    Yes it does get cold here but when there's ice on the car in the morning it means clear skies and a warm(ish) day. We do have things growing in the garden all year round.
    Things will get quiet in the next couple of months but then it's time to plan for spring planting!!!
    Not too sure about your comment re the rain though...we haven't exactly been getting much rain!

  9. Hey lover

    At least you did not embarress me by telling everybody how one of the new chooks jumped on my head, ducked over the fence and has become truly free range...somewhere else!!!

    Doc (hubby) ;-)

  10. No Doc I didn't but now you just have!!! ;)


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