Lifeboat Farm

Garden Diary 24th April
April 24, 2009, 12:42 pm
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Planted today:

Cabbage – Golden Acre x9
Cabbage – Savoy x12
Cabbage – Toscana x6
Cauliflower x9
Cauliflower – Violet Sicilian x9
Broccoli – Romanesco x9
Broccoli – Tender Stem x24
Broccoli – Rapini x12
Broccoli – De Cicco x12
Broccoli – Marathon x12
Broccoli – Samurai x12


Potato Harvest
April 17, 2009, 11:36 am
Filed under: Food, Garden, Garden Diary


We’ve just dug up the last of the potatoes and collected 103kg this weekend. Including the ones we’ve already eaten, our total potato harvest weights are:

Agria – 30kg
Rua – 11kg
Ilam Hardy – 15kg
Desiree – 15kg
Rocket – 15kg
Cliff’s Kidney – 15kg
Jersey Benne – 15kg
Red Rascall – 9kg
Maori Potato Selection – 8.5kg
Grand total – 133.5kg

We’ll store the best ones, eat the rest soon and see how long the spuds last until next season. Here’s our current helper Aiko helping with the harvest.


Garden Diary 23rd February
February 23, 2009, 4:28 pm
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Planted today:

Shallots x24
Red Spring Onions x40
Spinach x6
Cavallo Nero x24
Kale x24
Beetroot (Chioggia) x 30
Lettuce x10

Garden Diary 30th November
November 30, 2008, 9:28 am
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Planted today: (seedlings)
Spaghetti Squash x11
Squash – Partial Eclipse x7
Pie Melon x5
Broad Bean x7
Snap Peas x9
Cauliflower x4
Broccoli – various x12

Garden Diary 24th November
November 24, 2008, 10:50 pm
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Today I planted out a good chunk of our curcubits – Buttercup Squash, Triamble Pumpkins, Marina di Chioggia and our heirloom sweet corn from Koanga (Golden Bantam, Inca Rainbow and Early Gem). I was really impressed with the germination rate of the Koanga corn – almost 100%.

The wind was picking up so I made each plant a wee wind bunker from spare soil to protect them from the Norwesters forecast to gust through tonight. Corn and pumpkins grow well together – the vines spread between the corn rows, shading the soil and preserving moisture.

Planted today:
Corn – Chieftain x46 (seedlings)
Corn – Early Gem x44 (seedlings)
Corn – Inca Rainbow x33 (seedlings)
Corn – Golden Bantam x28 (seedlings)
Pumpkin – Buttercup x10 (seedlings)
Pumpkin – Triamble x8 (seedlings)
Pumpkin – Marina di Chioggia x8 (seedlings)

Garden Diary 23rd November
November 23, 2008, 10:34 pm
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The Cliff’s Kidney and Rocket potaotes are going nuts this week. They’ve been mounded up once already but need some more soil. To the left are rows of Rua, Desiree, Jersey Benne, Ilam Hardy and Red Rascall – they have just started sprouting through.

Houston, we have water. I finally got around to plumbing in a tap for the big garden. This comes from the 15,000l tank up on the airstrip about 30m above the garden – the water pressure is impressive with 20mm pipe (and to think I was contemplating 40mm).

Garden Diary 19th November
November 19, 2008, 10:57 am
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Planted today:

Seed Potatoes – Rua x25
Seed Potatoes – Desiree x25
Seed Potatoes – Red Rascall x15
Seed Potatoes – Random Maori Potatoes x18