Saturday, 31 December 2011

Last Week of 2011

December: The Last Week of 2011

This has to be the best year for Dwarf Beans
I'm harvesting a small amount each day!

Weather:
The week started Hot, cooled down on Monday then the temperature steadily climbed back to 36C by Saturday. The New Year looks like starting off very hot with 39C predicted for the next few days! Argh!!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Early sowing of winter brassicas
Brassica oleracea
Broccoli Purple Sprouting from 4 Seasons Seeds
Cauliflower Romanesco (I usually call this one Broccoli) from The Italian Gardener
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian from Green Harvest
Kale Morton's Mix from Phoenix Seeds
Kale Tuscan Black (Cavalo Nero) from Diggers
Cabbage Ethiopian Brassica abyssinica from Seed Savers Network

Some 'top-up' seeds from earlier greens planting after the rain and heat kind of killed the first lot!!!
Lettuce Butternut
Miner's Lettuce

Cuttings:
Coreopsis

The Large Mixed and Tiny Spinning Top Gourds
are setting and showing their curious shapes!

It looks like the mystery pumpkins in Bed 6
will be Butternuts!
I don't have a lot of luck growing that variety
and here they are volunteering all by themselves!


***Happy New Year to all***
May your Food Garden
grow well in 2012!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Web News Dec 2011

Things I have found interesting around the web this month.

You may have caught some of these on the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook Page and if you have I apologize for the double up!

Check out these great "Hay Creations" on this link

Costa Geordiadis of SBS's Costa's Garden Odyssey is all set to take over as the host of Gardening Australia. He should liven up the show!!! Read more about it here

Over at Organic Gardener Magazine website they reckon summer is the perfect time to get the Compost cooking!!! With the rainstorms we are getting maybe this is a good idea. See Here

While still at the ABC check out the Top Environment Stories of 2011 by Sarah Phillips Here

From Mother Earth News All About Growing Celery See Here

And from my Blog list...
Foodnstuff is celebrating the arrival of the first egg from the Barnevelders!!! Check out the post Here

Now for some videos...

A clever Chicken Tunnel system that I might have to investigate further for next spring so the girls can clean up the earwigs at garden bed level...I might have to top up the worms in the beds after though...



How about building a Mandala Garden like Geoff Lawton looks at in this video



For using up some of the harvest from the garden...
Here are is a video with ideas on using up a few of the never ending supply of Zucchinis. From The Garden Guru Phil Dudman



How about this sweet dish using SilverBeet (Chard) of all things from Gill at River Cottage



I finally updated my Garden Photo Blog with some Christmas pix Here
And don't forget to come on over to the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Garden

This is a Christmas photo garden. It's very green for this time of the year following our recent heavy rains.

The shade covers are up already mainly because we have been on hail alerts with the thunderstorms. Yesterday was a scorching 38C so the shades will stay up now.
Another thunderstorm last night was a dry one with very little rain this time.

Here is what was picked from the Garden for Christmas Dinner:
  • Potatoes in a variety of colours
  • Rondo de Nice Zucchini (courgette)
  • Baby Leeks to have "au gratin"
  • colourful Carrots from the bathtub bed
  • colourful Beans called Tongues of Fire
  • mixed greens with the Cabbage and Red Kale.
Onions, Sage, Lemon Thyme (oops I forgot to photograph that one) and Lemon Verbena to make the stuffing for the free range chicken (no not one of our chooks!!!)

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Longest Day plus Lots of Rain!!

December Week 3:

Summer Solstice Greetings 2011

Weather:
Over the weekend storms dropped 67mm of rain with 40 of that in about half an hour!!! Things got pretty wet but dried out quickly as the temperature rose through the week.

Propagation: Seeds:
Lots of flowering plant seeds have been scattered around the edges of the garden after the rain.
Sunflowers
Marigolds
Cosmos
Buckwheat
Mustard

Potting on/up:
Scuplit
Lettuce Butternut
Miners Lettuce
Salvia
Mitsuba
Silverbeet

Cuttings:
Chilli Yatsufusa - according to this site has 75,000 heat units, they reckon Jalapeno measures only 5,000 heat units!!
Capsicum California Wonder
These hopefully will grow in pots for over-wintering in the hothouse next year.

The Edge Planting at the end of beds 4&5 has come up well and is attracting bees under the shadecloth to the Rockmelons and Zucchinis with lots of flowers.

Although starting to show signs of humidity related problems (from all the rain!!) the Rondo de Nice Zucchinis are still producing delicious, round fruit almost daily!

We are expecting a great Grape harvest this year...the rain has knocked the vines down from the top of the pergola but we have left them down to dry out properly. Most of the state was on a Downy Mildew Alert over the weekend but things have dried out well with gentle winds this week.

It's getting difficult to get around in the Old Chook Run with Pumpkins, Trombones and Squash growing wild there. Shade was attached on the weekend (more hail alerts!!) and as the temperatures are set to rise this week the main cover has been left in place.

Grasshoppers are busy again this year like this little wingless grasshopper with occasional larger ones, they are quickly dispatched to the chook runs!!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Safe New Year...

...may your Garden Grow Great Food
for you all next year!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Matron's Christmas Veggie Blog

Matron asked for a photo what we had growing in the garden that we could use on Christmas day.

This is the photo I sent to her!

Well here in Oz we are never quite know what the weather is going to do on Christmas Day. It pretty much determines whether we eat a traditional roast (we usually do) or go for a more Aussie BBQ with plenty of salads.

Although it is technically summer here it's been a cold start and not everything is buzzing along. Morning temps still drop below 10C. It's beautiful weather really.

OK if we go for the cooked meal...we live in hope that the temperature will not reach 45C...then lets wander around the garden to see just what could be included.

We have Potatoes...Nicolas are ready with maybe a couple of Cranberry Reds for colour.
The Tongues of Fire Green Beans are just getting big enough to harvest.
There is a selection of Onions to choose from Cream and White or some tender young Baby Leeks.
We have to include a Rondo de Nice Zucchini (courgette) because we have quite a few of those.
Some Baby Carrots Orange and Yellow this year.
For some cooked greens we have a selection...Cabbage, Celery, Red Kale, Young Dandelion leaves, Purple Orach, Silverbeet (Chard), NZ Spinach, and I could try some of the tips of the pumpkin vines that I keep nipping off.

The chooks are safe (I can't eat my friends and workers) we have a purchased free range chook in the freezer but I've plenty of Sage, Lemon Thyme and Onions for the stuffing.

But for some salads for a BBQ...
Tabbouleh as there is plenty of Parsley and enough little Ida Gold Tomatoes, add some of the Garlic that's recently been picked with some Lemon juice that was frozen earlier in the year.

For a tossed Green salad I could go for Mini greens...baby Lettuce, young Red Kale, Beetroot greens, new growth on the Duck Potatoes, Lebanese Cress, Watercress and young Nasturtium leaves plus a few of the leaves of the Mushroom Plant. With some Chives for flavour.

Add to this some Radish, Shallot greens, Celery, topped off with some edible flowers Zucchini, Pumpkin, Borage, Hollyhock, Nasturtiums, Chives, Red Clover, Lucerne, petals from Calendula and some very young Dandelion flowers

A selection of herbs for flavour Coriander (flowers can go in too), many Mints, Fennel, Dill, Basil (sweet, lemon and Thai), Chives, Lemongrass (and a native variety), Parcel (cut celery) and Native Parsley (or sea celery) there is plenty of Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and/or Sage.
And from the girls an Egg salad with Chives, Coriander and Parsley.

I have my fingers crossed that this little Cucumber (the first) might be ready and maybe some of the bigger tomatoes might just ripen in time. There are some Chillies ready that overwintered in the hothouse.

Dessert??
Fruit - Cherries, Loganberries, Mulberries, Apricots and a couple of Strawberries. If Doc is really lucky some of the Figs might just be ripe in time too.
These served with some homemade icecream or a creamy egg custard I think!

No one will go hungry on Christmas Day here that's for sure.

Be sure to check Matron's Blog Down on the Allotment to see what others in the Northworld have growing for Christmas Dinner! Her post should be up soon if it is not there yet...I can't figure out the time difference!!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Full Moon and Apricots

December Week 2:

The full moon last weekend coincided with a lunar eclipse but that happened too late for this Scarecrow to be out taking photos!!

Weather:
The week began with a couple of days of light drizzle that didn't amount to much rain in the gauge but did seem to settle the dust!
Day temperatures haven't gone much above 25C. It has been a rather pleasant week weather wise although not warm enough for ripening tomatoes or encouraging growth of the watermelon plants!

Propagation: Seeds:
Beans Climbing Purple King in the Old Chook Run garden
Radish Colorati Raphanus sativus (mixed colours) from The Italian Gardener
Beetroot Chioggia Beta vulgaris from Eden Seeds
These seeds were planted in a Wicking Box on the front verandah
Turmeric Curcuma domestica syn Curcuma longa rhizomes in a pot.

Potting on/up:
Sea Kale Crambe maritima

Planting out:

Melons and cucumbers planted to grow on a homemade trellis.

Cucumber Suyo Long
Melon Early Hanover
Melon Tigger
Summer Savory
Amaranth
Sorrel Garden
in the Old Chook Run in-ground garden beds

Lettuce Goldrush
Leaf Amaranth
Beetroot Golden Detroit and Bulls Blood
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana
In the Greens Wicking Tank to replace bolting greens (see where here)

Lettuce Goldrush
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana
These were planted in a Wicking Box on the front verandah

Cuttings:
Sweet Potato White
Lavender

The White Sweet Potato is sprouting up again
so I have carefully removed and potted up
some of the 'slips' for planting elsewhere.

Barnie the last Barnevelder
seems happy to be by herself.
I let her out to forage each day
and she is well behaved
especially with the Black Ninja on patrol...(ish)

The Tongues of Fire Dwarf Beans
are beginning to produce tiny beans
that colour up as they get bigger!

I have been harvesting Apricots this week
making yummy jam, drying some
and eating some (not too many at once though)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Potato Pots

Just what I thought might happen...the potatoes in the White Wicking Bucket are much happier than those in the Black Wicking Pots!

These have all been covered with 70% shadecloth on days with temps over 30C but those black pots are still heating up too much.

They would be better suited to a late winter/very early spring crop with frost protection...another note to self for next year!

***This was not a controlled test, just an observation!***

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Cool Start to Summer

December week 1:

The front garden has recently
become a playground for these two young
Top Knots aka Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
Info Link Here

Weather:
A cool start to the first month of Summer downunder in SA.
On the first of December the minimum temperature dropped to only 3C
Maximum temps have been climbing slowly from 23C to end the week on 33C.

Propagation:
Seeds:
Zucchini nero di Milano (Organic) Cucurbita pepo from The Italian Gardener
This is for late December planting out.

Potting on/up:
Eggplant Casper
Eggplant Long Purple
Lavender Munstead Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' - purchased seedlings

The second planting (direct seeded) of Runner Beans
has overtaken the seedlings...
...a note to self for next year
- don't bother growing Runner Beans
as seedlings for transplanting!

Did you know?...
The white flowers of gourds are pollinated
by insects during the night!

Purple Orach (Mountain Spinach)
- a colourful 'greens' plant for summer.

More colour in the Red Bor Kale
but I think it would be happier growing through winter.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: November 2011

Some of this month's harvest:
Yellow Scallop Squash, Garlic, Broad Beans (for seed)
Loganberries, Rondo De Nice Zucchini
and Ida Gold Tomatoes!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 2.2C
Highest Min 17.5C
Lowest Max 16.2C
Highest Max 36.4C
79.5mm Rain (recorded in my garden)

Rain: comparison with other years average is 26mm:
2011 79.5mm
2010 19.5mm
2009 55mm
2008 55mm
2007 60mm


Propagation: listed in weekly updates
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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.
Asparagus 342g
Cauliflower Mini 274g
Celery American Stringless 740g
Garlic Purple Monaro 1313g
Garlic White 1389g
Lettuces - Goldrush, Drunken Woman, Red Coral 530g
Onion Stuttgart 296g
Peas Onward 150g
Radish 80g
Tomato Ida Gold 125g
Squash Yellow Scallop 199g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 2426g

Loganberries 2042g
Strawberries 492g

Eggs:
(total for month)
63 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
32 From the 2 Barnevelders (now only 1)
61 From the 4 Faverolles

November of Previous Years:
2010
2009
2008
2007

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of 'What's Growing Where' HERE

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Flower Salads???

Update Nov 2011 Week 4:

Hollyhock flowers - this seems to be the colour that likes growing in my garden...no matter which seeds I actually plant!!
Did you know that Hollyhock flowers are edible??
I haven't tasted them yet but they are said to be bland.
This link has a list of edible flowers that would brighten up a salad.

Weather highlights:
We started the week in jumpers and trackpants, we had windy, cool weather (Friday's temp crawled to 16C with rain!) we ended this week with temps predicted up to 35C with horrible north winds!!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Alyssum Gold Dust Aurinia saxatilis Goodman Seeds
Basil Lemon Mrs. Burns Ocimum basilicum/americanum The Lost Seed
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana Brassica rapa var. chinensis Green Harvest
Celery Tendercrisp Apium graveolens var. dulce The Lost Seed
Cosmos Yellow Cosmos bipinnatus Home Saved Seed
Lettuce Butternut Lactuca sativa Home Saved Seeds
Miners Lettuce Montia perfoliata Phoenix Seeds
Mitsuba Cryptotaenia japonica 4 Seasons Seeds
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum - Home Saved Seeds
Salvia Blaze of Fire Salvia splendens Mr Fothergill's Seeds
Scuplit Silene inflata The Italian Gardener
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed Beta vulgaris 4 Seasons Seeds
Vietnamese Balm Elsholtzia ciliata Green Harvest

Potting on/up:
Basil All Seasons cuttings
Celery Tendercrisp I'm sowing seeds of celery each month to see when they grow best!
Cucumber Suyo Long and Bushy
Broad Leaf Guinea Flower Hibbertia obtusifolia
Sage Pineapple Salvia elegans syn S. rutilans
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum

Cuttings:
Double Pink Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum sp
Sage Pineapple Salvia elegans syn S. rutilans

Planting out:
The last of the Large Mixed Gourd seedlings as I have now removed all the Broad Beans growing in Bed 7
Basil All Seasons cuttings into Bed 3 and Bed4/5 edge planting

First female flowers on the Whangaparaoa Crown Pumpkins
have been hand pollinated. See how on this link.

These Yellow Scallop Squash are looking yummy.

We only have fruit on one of the Apricot trees this year and they are showing signs of rain and hail damage but they are getting bigger and slowly beginning to colour up...

The Tigger Melons in Bed 6 are being trained up the wire cage that supported the tomatoes last year. A couple of volunteer squash/pumpkins have popped up out of the compost (?) and will be encouraged to grow outside of the cage...they are free to sprawl over the sides of the bed if they so desire...

This Golden Coreopsis was planted in the edge bed of Beds4/5
to encourage bees to go in under the shade
to pollinate the zucchini and melons growing in the beds!

While we are still picking Loganberries
and watching the Black Mulberries slowly ripen
the Thornless Blackberries are flowering
ready for fruiting later in the season!!

This Month's Winner

OK it's past noon here at Scarecrow's Garden in SA.

The Winner for the latest Gardening Australia Magazine is:

Debbie
from Simply Me blog

Please Email Me with your address so I can get your details to the people at Morey Media who will send out your magazine ASAP!

Thank you to everyone who went in the draw, sorry you couldn't all win.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

What's Growing Where Spring 2011

Here is the full list of what is planted in each of the productive areas around the garden.
I've broken the garden into separate areas now and each Wicking Bed now has a number (all 20 of them!)

The Kitchen Garden in it's now expanded form Link Here

The Almond Area Garden Link Here

The Main Vegetable Garden Link Here

The Orchard (Faverolles chook run) Garden Link Here

The Old Chook Run Garden Link Here

You'll find them all on one page by clicking This Link

Friday, 25 November 2011

December Gardening Australia Magazine

The December issue of Gardening Australia has been labelled the Edible Issue!

Tino Carnevale has a delightful article on growing Edible Plants as ornamentals and actually growing them in the ornamental garden! This is something I fully agree with him about.

Maggie Beer has written about growing Cumquats - not a fruit I have ever considered growing, considering my lack of success with citrus in general but Maggie's recipes sound delicious as usual.

There is a fascinating story from England (with a strong Australian influence) about a Cafe, that's actually in a Greenhouse, which is part of a Nursery. To me that sounds like heaven...

Josh Byrne has an article which delves into all the details of his Water Wise Garden over in Western Australia.

Last (but by no means least!) there is the cover story of how Indira Naidoo has filled her inner-city Balcony with Edible Plants and enjoyed the process so much that she has written a book on the subject. Just goes to show you don't need to have a huge garden to eat well from it. Check out Indira's Blog for more great photos here on this link.

Thanks to the people at Morey Media, who do the PR for Gardening Australia, for sending me a freebie copy of this latest magazine so that I could review it here for you.

I have ONE copy of the December Gardening Australia Magazine to Giveaway to one of my Blog Readers!

As long as you live in Australia (sorry) you can go in the draw!

So make sure you mention the magazine in a comment below for your chance to win a copy! Or you can leave a comment on the wall of Scarecrow's Garden Facebook Page.

Be quick because we will draw ONE winner's name
out of a hat on
Wednesday 30th November at noon!

Don't forget to check out the Gardening Australia website here

or go to the Gardening Australia Facebook page here

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Diary


Katrina asked how I keep track of all the seed sowing, potting on and planting out around the garden. I wrote about keeping records in the Beginner's Guides (Part 5 here) but thought I'd add a bit more information.

I find it very helpful to know important dates in my garden. Things like:
  • first and last frost dates...although these can vary widely
  • when to expect rain...even if it doesn't come
  • experimental plantings...some work, some don't
  • when I order seeds and from where
  • seed saving notes
  • daily harvests of fruit, veg and eggs...I'm even training Doc to help here!!!
  • moon planting information...this helps break down the sowing into groups - fruiting, leafy and roots/perennials
  • including noting days when we have been away from home
Basically there is no way I could remember all those details without writing them down.

This year I have used a cheap diary that shows one week to an opening (double page). The cheap shops sell them and 'student diaries' are a similar layout.

As you can see in the photo above I try to write everything down as I do it. Yes, things still get missed but there is usually enough information to jog my memory for what else I did that day. That week in the photo was a busy week, sometimes there is very little written on the pages!

I use the websites mentioned in the beginners guide to keep track of weather conditions but I do keep my own rain totals as these seem to vary.

Writing it all up in this blog each week (in busy times) or month really helps to make sense of it all but that little diary is a 'hard copy' of my garden activities. It is interesting to go back through old 'journals' to our early days here (18 years ago) and see how the garden has developed. Even through years of drought!

As I ended in the beginners guide...
...I hope this has been helpful to you. Just remember to keep as much or as little information as you’re comfortable with.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Mixed Weather

November 2011 Week 3:

Weather highlights:
With day temperatures reaching 35C and above the shade covers have proved their worth already this season. A cool change on the weekend brought some welcome rain and the cooler weather following meant a chance to get some more seedlings planted out. I am beginning to get some spare room on my propagation tables. Just as well because my Trees For Life supplies have been collected and I will be planting the first seeds very soon!

Propagation:
Seeds:
Nasturtium Jewel Mixed
Sunflower Sun King
Red Clover
Direct sown in the Old Chook Run Garden

Potting on:
Cucumber Bushy from seeds sown 10/11/11;
Cucumber Suyo Long from seeds sown 10/11/11;
Celery from seeds sown 29/10/11;

Planting out: clearing some of my leftover 'backup' seedlings.
Tomato - Black Cherry Seedlings from seeds sown 11/08/11;
Silverbeet - Green Organic from seeds sown 4/08/11;
Were planted into the Kitchen Garden area 4
Coriander - Seedlings from seeds sown 29/10/11;
Lettuce - Goldrush Seedlings from seeds sown 29/10/11;
Amaranth Leaf - Seedlings from seeds sown 29/10/11;
Went into the Greens Wicking Tank

In the Old Chook Run Garden:
Tomato Money Maker and Big Rainbow Seedlings from seeds sown 10/07/11;
Silverbeet Green Organic Seedlings from seeds sown 4/08/11;
A mix match of Companion Plants: again helping to clear the propagation benches!
Basil Genovase, Large Leaf Italian Ocimum basilicum
False Balm of Gilead Cedronella triphylla
Golden Daisy Bush Euryops pectinatus
Lavender Lavandula officinalis
Marguerite Daisy Double White Argyranthemum frutescens
Marigold Crackerjack Tagetes erecta
Marigold Oranges and Lemons Tagetes patula
Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus Tall Mixed
Parsley Curled Petroselinum sativum
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea
Strawberry Guava Psidium littorale var. longipes
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Thyme common Thymus vulgaris
Willow Herb Epilobium parviflorum

In Tank Wicking Bed 8 MVG
Luffa
Gourd Spinning Top
Cucumber Bushy
Marigold companions

At the end of October these (see them here) newly planted Trombone and Pumpkin seedlings were being attacked big time!!!
The latest photo taken earlier this week shows how they have recovered. They had been covered up each night out of the reach of the minibeasties. Now that they are growing too large to be covered they seem to be fighting off the attackers by themselves!
The hoops were for shade covers when the seedlings were tiny. They remain to enable emergency covers to be thrown over for protection when we are on "hail alerts".
These plants are growing in the old chook run and the nearby Tagasaste trees will provide cooling shade in summer.

With the heat the Loganberries ripen rapidly...we eat as many as we can fresh then the rest go into the freezer for cold treats on hot days or additions to the fruit salads Doc and I take with us to markets for our breakfast!
After the rain all ripe fruit was harvested before any chance that mould could develop (none did) and the pickings were made into some yummy jam.

During this week I will be posting the updated What's Growing Where? on this link.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

First Zucchini, First Tomatoes.

November 2011 Week 2:

It's great having Lavender
growing under the clothes line...
...but it needs to be kept pruned
so we can hang the clothes out!!!

Weather highlights:
Cooler, calmer days after the storms time to get out and plant and weed...before the next lot of weeds grow up.
By the weekend the temperature was 35C with strong, hot northerly winds blowing...more heat is forecast so it's time to get the shadecloth up.

Propagation: Seeds:
Cucumber Cucumis sativus -
Bushy The Lost Seed
Italian Non Acid Cornucopia Seeds
Suyo Long The Lost Seed
Direct sown Squash Acorn Table Queen in bed 3 MVG
Beans Dwarf Tongues of Fire in Bed 7 MVG Replacing some the slugs ate!
Beans Runner Scarlet Emperor into Bed 9 MVG additional to the seedlings as they are not growing well.

Seedlings potted up from seeds sown 29/10/11:
Amaranth Leaf
Basil Purple
Basil Large Sweet Italian
Black Cumin
Borage
Californian Poppy
Coriander
Lettuce Gloria
Lettuce Goldrush
Phacelia
Sorrel Garden

Potting on Plants/Cuttings:
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Thyme Pizza Thymus nummularius
Thyme Silver Posy Thymus vulgaris argenteus
Blue Ginger Alpinia caerulea
Ginger Zingiber officinale

Planting out:

Tamarillo Tree Cyphomandra betacea

Planted into the Old Chook Run Garden:
Washington Naval Orange Tree
Tamarillo Tree (Tree Tomato) Cyphomandra betacea

Squash Acorn Table Queen x 2 seedlings from seeds 29/08/11 planted into MVG Bed 3
Tansy cuttings into the edge beds in MVG (Main Vegetable Garden)
Gourd Large Mixed Seedlings from seed sown 28/08/11 planted into Bed 7 MVG

It sure feels like summer is here already!!

With day time temperatures rising
the cherries are starting to colour up
so it's time to get a net over them to keep the birds off.

Some of the large Tomatoes are flowering

Ida Gold are ripening and first ones have been picked!

First Rondo De Nice Zucchini weighed in at 330g!

Grapes are flowering
and we are winning the battle with
the Grapevine Moth caterpillar Phalaenoides glycinae
by picking them off daily.

After the rain the Faverolles enjoyed
a dustbath in the cool soil.

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