Monday, 4 September 2017

Getting ready for Spring 2017: July...

I was away for the first half of this year taking care of little Miss Tropical Girl while her Mum went back to work full time. Returning to Frostyland from the Tropics in the middle of winter took some adjustment!! 😱
As I had cleared out all the beds before I left I was now ready to start sorting things out around the garden.

Saturday July 1:
Many of the beds were thickly covered with nettles so I lifted them, rough chopped and dug them into the soil to rot down (instant green manure!!!).
I found a small handful of Potato Onions that had survived my absence and planted these out in a wicking bed which had three surviving Parsley plants growing in it.

Monday July 3:
Bought and potted up Kale, Broccoli and Silverbeet seedlings put them in the Greenhouse to grow a bit bigger before facing the frosty mornings.

Tuesday July 18:
Planted out Broccoli, Silverbeet and Kale seedlings in a wicking bed in the shade tunnel.
Divided up some Clumping Onions/Shallots from the garden and planted them  out in a more convenient position by the back entrance.

Thursday July 27:
Seeds sown into punnets on a shelf in Greenhouse:
Lettuce: Red Romaine, Dov
Salad Burnet
Summer Savory
Cleared weeds from a wicking bed full of Egyptian Onions.

Monday July 31:
Planted out seedlings of Kale and Silverbeet in a newly made wicking bed in the Shade Tunnel

July Harvest:
Shallot greens
Flat Leaf Parsley
Curl Leaf Parsley

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Autumn Greens Sowing

Early January and it's time to get the Autumn greens started...

Greens Sowing 3/1/17:
Broccoli Romansco ES
Broccoli Umpqua SO
Collards Georgia Southern ES
Cabbage Red Express SO
Cabbage Tronchuda ES
Lettuce Dov SO
Lettuce Red Romaine ES
Kale Dwarf Siberian ES
Kale Jagallo Nero Mr F
Kale Scottish  ES

First we had to repair the seedling stand. This unit has been out in all the weather for a few years now and the side struts had started to rust through. With the winds this year most have snapped off. 

Doc came to the rescue with some old conduit pipe (bought for another task but wasn't suited) and made new struts. All fixed and ready to protect the new seedlings as they grow. Most of the seedlings are brassicas and as such can be wiped out in their early growth by cabbage moth caterpillars...this stand is covered with Vege Net to keep the moths off. 

Planted out:
On the edge of Beds 23 and 18
Climbing Beans Rattlesnake D
Climbing Beans Purple King D
Climbing Beans Butter GP

Seed Suppliers:
SO Select Organic
ES Eden Seeds
Mr Fothergills
D Diggers Club
GP Grower's Pride

Golden and Black Beauty Zucchini, Lettuces, Rainbow Silverbeet (Chard), Strawberries, the first of the Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Spring Onions and Potato Onions, and the first few Plums.

Friday, 6 January 2017

The End of 2016

We sweltered through the Hottest Christmas Day in SA for 70 years. It was just as well the greenhouse was nearly empty as the temperature inside was over 49C that's over 120F. Outside it reach 40C.

Relief came in the form of storms with high winds and a welcomed 50mm of rain. However the high wind took it's toll and as a result the garden has lost a favourite shade tree. This 20 year old Tagasaste has been ripped out of the ground it had provided a wonderful canopy to this area of the new kitchen garden.  

2016 was a wetter than usual year with a total of 502mm our average total is around 380mm.

We have been harvesting Golden and Black Beauty Zucchini, Green and Purple Beans, Lettuces, Silverbeet (Chard), Strawberries, the last of the Loganberries, Spring Onions and Potato Onions.


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