Monday, 23 January 2012

Red Sunflowers

Update: Week 3 of January 2012:

Prado Red Sunflowers

Weather highlights:
Lowest Min 10.2C
Highest Max 37.6C
3 mm Rain

Potting on/up:
Broccoli Purple Sprouting
Cabbage Ethiopian
Cauliflower Romanesco
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
Kale Morton's Mixed
Kale Tuscan Black (Cavalo Nero)

Next Week To Do:
I'm setting myself small tasks as I recover from strained back muscles...slowly, slowly!
Sow Silverbeet, Mini Cauliflowers and some Broccoli seeds on 26th/27th or 31st Jan.
Remove Squash and Cucumber plants from Bed 11 as they have powdery mildew and have finished production for the year.
Plant out seedlings of Beetroot, Silverbeet, Parsley when (or if) the weather is cooler or overcast or rainy!
Prepare Bed 5 for some Potatoes as a trial planting using saved tubers and new stock if I can find any!!!

Beans Tongues Of Fire 40g
Cucumber Bushy 94g
Potato Bismark 591g
Tomatoes Money Maker 127g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 2151g
Cossack Pineapples 316g
Plums (tree 1) 11352g (made into Plum Sauce)
Plums (tree 2) 563g

Chooks: 29 eggs
1 from the lone Barnevelder
16 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
12 from the 4 Faverolles

I have stopped harvesting
the Tongues Of Fire Dwarf Beans,
they will be left to mature for seed saving.

Future harvest I'm looking forward to!

Some Suyo Long Cucumbers plants finally survived
the earwig onslaught
and are just starting to set fruit!

This spider has taken up residence
in the Red Bor Kale
he seems to be keeping the bugs away!

If you live in Adelaide
there is a competition to find
Adelaide's Best Vegetable Patch
see details HERE

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

2010 in Photos

This post has been moved from the 'pages'
of Scarecrows Garden Blog

January 2010

Minimum 6.5C Sunday 3rd
Maximum 40.3C Sunday 10th


Vegetables 6.9kg
Fruit 5.8kg
Eggs 50

Week 1 Potting on seedlings Lettuces, Basil and Kale
Week 2 The new Barnevelders were sounding more like chooks than chirpy chicks
Week 3 The curious bulbils that grow on the top of the flower stalks of the Egyptian Tree Onions (Walking or Topset Onion) Allium proliferum.
Week 4 This net keeps the Cabbage Butterflies out and allows the Brassica seedlings to grow free from attack!
Week 5 The ants were building the sides of their nests up meaning some rain was on the way!

February 2010

Minimum 7.8C Monday 15th
Maximum 37.2C Tuesday 9th

7 mm

Vegetables 8.5kg
Fruit 11.5kg
Eggs 83

Week 1 In between crops the wicking bed soil was pH tested
Week 2 Trials of worm cast brewing began - very successful!
Week 3 A wonderful crop of Watercress in the watergarden shade house
Week 4 As the last of the Black Sultana Grapes were harvested Scruffy moved in to eat the leftovers!

March 2010

Minimum 4.9C Wednesday 10th
Maximum 34.3C Saturday 27th

7 mm

Vegetables 19.8kg
Fruit 11.4kg
Eggs 70

Week 1 Purple Sprouting Broccoli planted in the Almond area wicking Bed gets a net curtain cover!
Week 2 Bed 5 in the Main Veg Garden planted up with the beet family - Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed, Beetroot Golden and Mangelwurzels
Week 3 The Barnevelders lay their first egg!
Week 4 A new batch of compost!

April 2010

Minimum 2C Wednesday 28th
Maximum 29.6C Monday 5th


18 mm


Vegetables 4.9kg
Fruit 16.2kg
Eggs 101

Week1 Newly planted Purple Monaro Garlic sprouting
Week2 The Beet bed in active growth
Week3 The Faverolles first egg
Week 4 The weather is still warm enough to get some late seeds germinating.

May 2010

Minimum -3C Friday 14th
Maximum 25C Monday 3rd

55.8 mm

Vegetables 3.4kg
Fruit 8.5kg
Eggs 167

Week1 Oh no the Cherry tree is flowering!
Week2 Broad Beans sown in February have started to flower
Week3 With the first frost of the season many cuttings were taken. If the "mother plants" get frosted I hope to have standby plants from these cuttings.
Week4 Despite the first frosts there is still plenty to harvest

June 2010

Minimum -4.3C Monday 28th
Maximum 18.2C Thursday 24th

13.5 mm

Vegetables 2.2kg
Fruit 8.5kg
Eggs 186

Week1 The last leaf on the grapevines.
Week2 The Trees For Life were Collected by the landholder.
Week3 Early potatoes being left for 'chitting'
Week4 The arrival of our grandtwins the highlight of the year!

July 2010

Minimum -4C Tuesday 6th
Maximum 18C Friday 30th

28.5 mm

Vegetables 7.1kg
Fruit 0
Eggs 205

Week1 After a couple of -4C frosts the Broad Beans were ruined but became excellent green manure for the future potato crop.
Week2 After 7 frosty mornings even the Elderberry was "so over frost".
Week3 It was so cold even the markets were moved inside!
Week4 Digging around produced two good sized Sweet Potatoes I didn't know were there. The first of the spring seeds were planted this week.

August 2010

Minimum -3.1C Friday 6th
Maximum 19.4C Tuesday 31st


Vegetables 4.4kg
Fruit 0
Eggs 205

Week1 I was clearing the old chook run out ready for more wicking beds to be built
Week2 Purple Sicilian Cauliflower ready for harvest
Week3 The Tomato seedlings were potted on while the Cucurbits were sown
Week4 The first signs of blossoms despite the weather being quite miserable so we were off to visit the 9 week old Grandtwins

September 2010


Minimum -1.2C Saturday 18th
Maximum 20.5C Friday 24th



Vegetables 3.1kg
Fruit 0
Eggs 222

Week1 More atrocious wind storms had many a tree leaning precariously close to death!
Week2 The seedlings were growing fast tucked up in their make shift hothouse in the caravan
Week3 The Mangelwurzel's in the beet bed were growing larger and larger
A new setup for the ever increasing population of compost worms.

October 2010

Minimum -0.2C Thurs/Friday 7&8th
Maximum 29.5C Friday 22nd




Vegetables 9.2kg
Fruit 0
Eggs 306

Week1Following the success of the Dutch Cream potatoes the were planted in early August some Cranberry Red and Bintji Potatoes were planted into the new wicking beds in the old chook run
Week2 The Red Onions and Stuttgart Onions in the Dog Pen wicking bed were growing away!
Week3 Golden Sunrise Tomatoes, the first to be planted out
Week4 We said goodbye to Old Blackie
Week5 Again the Ladybirds came to the rescue of the Plum Tree from Aphid attack

November 2010

Minimum -1.2C Monday 1st
Maximum 34.5C Thursday 11th


Vegetables 24.5kg
Fruit 1.7kg
Eggs 242

Week1 A great Celery harvest despite a late frost on 1 Nov
Week2 Time to enjoy the Strawberries
Week3 Broad Beans were ready in the Kitchen Garden
Week4 A second planting of Carrots after the first was destroyed by earwigs!

December 2010

Minimum 5.2C Tuesday 21st
Maximum 41C Friday 31st


Vegetables 19.27kgs
Fruit 2.26kgs
Eggs 210

Week 1 We moved the Barnevelder chooks to the more shaded run under the Mulberry tree.
Week 2 41mm of rain fell this week!
Week 3 The first Tomatoes are ripening.
Week 4 Beautiful potatoes for a colourful salad.

Total Harvest for 2010: 174.2kg
2055 Eggs

Rainfall for 2010: 350.6 mm

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Grand Twins Visit

Update: Week 2 of January 2012

Guess who came to visit!
Their Daddy found the wheelbarrow
and they loved the ride!

Weather Highs and Lows:
Lowest Min 8.5C
Highest Max 28.7C
No Recorded Rainfall

Radish Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus Oriental from DT Brown
Radish Raphanus sativus Mixed colours from The Italian Gardener

Harvesting this week:
Plus salad greens from Goldrush Lettuce, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Shallot Greens, Silverbeet and Leaf Amaranth.
Beans Gourmet Delight 21g
Beans Tongues of Fire 76g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow 23g
Carrots Mixed 96g
Cucumber Bushy 313g
Leeks Bulgarian Giant 132g
Onion Red 86g
Potato Brownell196g
Potato Bismark 216g
Potato Cranberry Red 384g
Silverbeet 77g
Squash Acorn Table Queen 103g
Tomato Big Rainbow 69g
Tomato Black Cherry 68g
Tomato Ida Gold 127g
Tomato Money Maker 64g
Tomato Stor Gul 153g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 1427g
Cossack Pineapple 77g
Plums 351g

Chooks: 31 eggs
5 from the lone Barnevelder
22 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
14 from the 4 Faverolles

The Grand Twins are growing up fast...

They dug in the dirt
- future little helpers in Nannie's garden I think!

Little Miss is fascinated by flowers while MiniMan collects sticks!
They loved testing out PoppyDoc's Wooden Toy stock!
When it was time to go Little Miss was still carefully studying her Nasturtium flower!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Shingleback Lizard

Shingleback Lizard Tiliqua rugosa
aka Stumpy-tailed Lizard; Boggi;
Sleepy Lizard, Bobtail Lizard,
Two-headed Lizard and Pinecone Lizard

I have been waiting to catch a photo of this lizard for a couple of weeks. I first spotted it seeking a cool damp spot during the heat. Today it was seeking the warmth of the tyres along the driveway that have agapanthus growing in them.
This is a good spot for it to live because the agapanthus are renown for attracting snails and one of the Shinglebacks favourite meals is a snail!!!

Our Shinglebacks have lighter coloured markings than those in other parts of the country probably because it is normally hotter over here!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Humid Weather

Update: First week of January 2012

The humid, warm days has set
the Sweet Potato off and growing.
The Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius is thriving too.

Weather Highs and Lows:
Lowest Min 11.8C
Highest Max 39.5C
Rain 14mm

Beans Bush Phaseolus vulgaris Roc D'Or - Green Harvest into Bed 13
Beans Climbing Phaseolus vulgaris - Purple King DT Brown into Bed 1
Zucchini Cucurbita pepo var, melopepo Costata Romanesco - Phoenix Seeds into small pots for transplanting

Harvesting this week:
Salad greens from Goldrush Lettuce, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Shallot Greens, Silverbeet and Leaf Amaranth.
Beans Gourmet Delight 50g
Beans Tongues of Fire 387g
Cucumber Bushy 116g
Squash Scalloped Yellow Button 257g
Tomato Big Rainbow 124g
Tomato Ida Gold 49g
Tomato Money Maker 81g
Tomato Pineapple 47g
Tomato Stor Gul 197g
Cossack Pineapple 111g

Chooks: 31 eggs:-
3 from the lone Barnevelder
13 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
15 from the 4 Faverolles

The Black Sultana Grapes are staring to colour up!

In Bed 12 in the Kitchen Garden the Capsicums are setting fruit and the Cossack Pineapples are ripening and providing a tasty treat and maybe enough to try some jam soon!

Down in the Pumpkin Jungle several pumpkins have set and are growing fast, the vines seem to be coping with a slight attack of powdery mildew brought on by the unusually humid weather this year.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: December 2011

Lots of flowers around the garden this year...
The flower of the Black Cumin is unusual and is followed by an equally unusual seed head...similar to it's cousin Love in the Mist.
The Agapanthus have been spectacular especially considering these don't need any watering at all...probably why they are considered a weed in some areas!
Creamy white Nasturtium Milkmaid from Diggers makes an unusual change from the orange and yellow varieties!
Finally I have a PINK Hollyhock... I think I have Kate to thank for this one. :)
Even the Bronze Fennel flowers are unaffected by bugs this year and are making a stunning display.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 3C
Highest Min 21C
Lowest Max 19.8C
Highest Max 37.3C
68.5 mm Rain

Rain comparison with other years: Dec average is 22.7mm:
2011 68.5mm
2010 43.5mm
2009 4mm
2008 44.9mm
2007 26mm

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

Harvest Tally:
There is something from the garden every day at this time of the year!
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.

Beans Tongues of Fire 576g
Beans Gourmet Delight 218g
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield 1032g
Carrots mixed colours 152g
Celery American Stringless 427g
Cucumber Bushy 580g
Kale Red Bor 164g
Leek Bulgarian Giant 147g
Onion Stuttgart 621g

Nicola 544g
Bismark 1695g
Brownell 105g
Cranberry Red 333g

Tomato Ida Gold 177g
Tomato Pineapple 66g
Squash Yellow Scallop 677g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 5964g

Apricots 11011g
Cherries 3075g
Figs 450g
Loganberries 205g
Strawberries 95g

Eggs: (total for month)
98 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
21 From the 1 Barnevelder
66 From the 4 Faverolles

December of Previous Years:

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

Come on over to the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!

I'll end with this photo of a shows up well against the white background of one of the old fridges around the garden. See Here


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