Gardening Magazine

Hard Working Barnies

By Scarecrow
September Week 4
Hard Working BarniesNot an albino Cockroach...
...apparently they turn white when they moult!
With yet more frosts forecast for the coming weekend planting out was put on hold. This week has been horribly windy yet again and I have been putting a shadecloth cover over the glass front on days when the temperature is set to top 30C. At least we have had a bit of rain even some small hail!!
Hard Working BarniesI have been getting the seedlings out into as much sun as I can on calmer days to stop them going 'leggy' which is what will happen if they don't get enough light. This is the beginning of hardening off...but they also need to stay out over night for that.
Beans Phaseolus vulgaris:
Purple King from DT Brown
Blue Lake from Eden Seeds
Gourmet Delight from New Gippsland Seeds
Roc D'Or from Green Harvest
Tongues Of Fire from New Gippsland Seeds
Beans Soy Glycine max from Eden Seeds (the last planting hasn't germinated yet)
Beans Winged Psophocarpus tetragonolobus from Green Harvest
These seeds were soaked in hot rainwater for a few hours then sown in old egg cartons. As soon as possible after germination they will be planted out with minimal disturbance.
Sunflowers Helianthus annuus
Double Dazzler from Diggers
Dwarf Sensation from Mr Fothergill's
Prado Red from Diggers
Sun King from DT Brown
Teddybear from Diggers
Helianthus debilis ssp. cucumerifolius
Italian White from Diggers
These were sown in folded newspaper pots made with one sheet of newspaper (not a double one) so they are smaller than the big ones. Again these will be planted out soon after germination.
Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus
Alaska from Grower's Pride
Milkmaid from Diggers
Tall Mixed from DT Brown
Buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum from Phoenix Seed
Dill Anethum graveolens From Gringo in Victoria
Salvia splendens Blaze of Fire from Mr Fothergill's
Free from the garden:
Borage Borago officinalis from seeding plants - scattered around garden
Potting up/on:
Luffa seedlings
Hard Working BarniesYes the Barnies did almost destroy the mound garden. Mainly the mulch layer where all the beasties were hiding!
I have allowed them a short session in the Wicking Beds. They were closely supervised because these beds are full of wormies and the chooks aren't having them!!
Hard Working BarniesThis was a surprise.
I expected the Pink Flowered Strawberries
to have pale pink flowers like the label said!
Hard Working BarniesThe last Violet Sicilian Cauliflower is ready to pick!
Hard Working BarniesBaby Stella Cherries
are still hanging on through the windstorms.
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