3.8.12

Cauliflower "Violet Sicilian"


Cauliflower 'Violet Sicilian' syn. Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto
 
Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group
Seeds came from Green Harvest 
Seedlings planted 25 Mar 12 from seed planted 26 Jan 12
Grown in a Wicking Bed full of hard working composting worms. 
Topped up when half grown with Alpaca poo from a friends farm.
A high mineral content is responsible for the colour. 
For full colour impact it's best eaten raw as the colour turns green when cooked.
Harvested 3 Aug 2012
Weight 566g

18.1.12

2010 in Photos

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January 2010


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

Rainfall:
15.5mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
7 mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
7 mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:

18 mm

Harvest:

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

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

Rainfall:
55.8 mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
13.5 mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
28.5 mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
49.3mm

Harvest:
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

Temperatures:

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

Rainfall:

35.5mm

Harvest:
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
Week4
A new setup for the ever increasing population of compost worms.

October 2010

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

Rainfall:

57.5mm

Harvest:

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

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

Rainfall:
19.5mm

Harvest:
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

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

Rainfall:
43.5mm

Harvest:
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
plus
2055 Eggs

Rainfall for 2010: 350.6 mm

25.12.11

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 with (no not one of our chooks!!!)