Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Update: First Week of December 2012

 The back pergola...with the Grapevine tidied ready for netting... the table has been moved to allow for some tubs and boxes of greens to be grown close to the Kitchen door for easy salad picking!

Lowest Min 5.5C
Highest Max 33.3C
15 mm Rain

A chance to start again...The heatwave ended with some stormy rain and the air cooled somewhat! Extra covers were removed from the beds to let the plants get some sun that wasn't going to frizzle their leaves. With the markets finished for the year we will now have a chance to get out and tidy the garden. Top priority is to get the nets up over the fruit we are now a cat free household the local bird population has exploded and while we do enjoy most of the birds visiting there is a limit to friendships where our fruit trees are concerned!!


Sweetcorn Black Zea mays from Inspirations Seeds sown into Bed 20
Coriander Coriandrum sativum Home saved seeds scattered around the edge-beds

Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Home saved seeds scattered around the edge-beds 

Potting up/on:
Tomato Roma
Tomato Black Russian
Beans Tepary Brown
Cucumber Revel
Zucchini Climbing

During a wander through the garden last week amid the chaos of preparation for our final double market weekend for this year I found...  

The Appleberries have set fruit...I might get to taste some this year! 

I have little Carrot forests growing, thanks mainly to the chickens for clearing the beds before planting.

The Bushy Cucumbers love the Fridge Wicking Beds...they are setting some fruit already.

Being busy has meant I haven't been able to empty the Earwig Hose traps regularly so I used the old tuna tin filled with oil and water type of worked well.



We are enjoying the delicious fruit of the Loganberries with some away in the freezer for jam making when time permits.


 Tomatoes don't set fruit during heatwaves so the cooler weather has given them a chance to produce the first little to ripen them!


Turmeric and Sweet Potatoes don't re-sprout until December up here so they need to be started or grown in containers if we are to have any harvest.


To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE This is updated as planting/changes occur.


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