Monday, 5 October 2015

Frost Tender Seeds Planted

Posting from Australia - Cold Climate Zone -  NSW, Central Tablelands (central West)  Frost tender seeds planted (Monday 05/10/15) and now sitting behind glass on the veranda waiting to sprout. I basically plant the same amount year after year.
Corn - 108
Beans - 27
Pumpkin - 7
Zucchini - 1
Cabbage - 7
Broccoli - 7
Cauliflower - 7
Tomatoes - 7
Beetroot - 14
Capsicum - 9
Celery 20+
Coz Lettuce -8
Iceberg Lettuce - 8
Spinach - 8
Radish - 20+
Cucumber 8
Potatoes x 10 bags (5 varieties)

Seeds planted last month
Carrots x 4 packets (1 variety)
Peas - 24
Seeds planted in August
Onions x 5 packets (3 varieties)
Garlic planted March (3 varieties)
Strawberries planted 6 years ago

This is a link to what my VEGETABLE GARDEN looked like in Jan 2014

Below is what my garden looks like at the moment. We are just coming into Spring time, the temperatures are slowly rising and the frosts are getting less and less.

The strawberries, peas, carrots & onions are already in the ground. The remaining seeds will stay out on the veranda until second week of November and then they will be transplanted into the main garden.

The garlic is beginning to form bulbs so a couple more months and then harvest time (unless we get a late cold snap which will cause me to harvest them early)

* All seeds used in my garden are "open pollination" - a word describing how plants reproduce and have been reproducing for millions of years before humans came along

* The cauliflower I use is "hybrid"  - Controlled breeding technique .. also occurs naturally in nature. Hybrid does not mean GM (they are 2 different breeding techniques) although companies that deal with GM technology will use both open pollinated & hybrid plants in combination with their gene modification techniques

* The tomatoes, peas & beans are "self pollinating" - means the pollen from its own anther drops onto its stigma thereby fertilizing itself ... the plant doesn't need pollen from any other plant in order to reproduce.

* The Sweet Corn is a "cultivar"  - result of selective breeding and is not GM .   (In USA there is a corn variety which is GM called BT Corn and carries the gene from bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis, it is only available to cropping farms used under license and not available to back yard gardeners)

* The Capsicum California Wonder is a "Heirloom"   - because its such a great plant that it has been passed down through the generations - the word "heirloom"  does not automatically mean it is superior to any other plant. Its just a word and in botany it doesn't mean much at all.