day twenty-seven 6may 2015

WEATHER 

baro 1025.6 hPa | rain 0.0mm | soil temp 15oC | temp high 18.1oC low 12.4oC |

wind NNE 12.4 km/h | humidity 93% | cloud mostly cloudy 221 m

Soil Profiles | Soil Horizons

TOP SOIL (quote kerith “that’s where all the micro-organisms are doing their sheeeeet” )

  • 0 plant and animal material only
    fresh litter and humus litter
  • A organic matter and mineral matter

SUBSOIL

  • B mostly weathered matter
    might find small amounts of organic matter

→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→ where you would find coal

  • – C parent material
    partly broken down bedrock or more geologically
    deposited material
  • – D underlying bedrock

homework : dig a soil horizon at home (take picture)

soil image

the class ended with propagating strawberries and hanging up baskets for then to grow later … yummy

day twenty-six 1may 2015

WEATHER

baro 1028.9 hPa | rain 0.0 mm | soil temp 14.5 oC | temp high 15.8 oC low 11.3oC

wind 5.4 km/h S | humidity 83% | cloud clear 449 m

our SOIL HORIZON outing had to be postponed

instead we put on our ‘to do list’

  • pottage garden needs to be weeded & fed with sheep poo fertiliser
  • herb garden needs to be weeded
  • passionfruit plants to be potted up (35 plants)
  • finish cleaning up raspberry plants
  • seeds to be sown
  • harvest comfrey (will also put some on my fruit trees at home)

we sowed some more seeds :

cauliflower, chicory, organic fennel, spinach, marigolds, onions, chives, leeks, chinese cabbage, wombok, passion fruit seed ….

heaps of cleaning, watering, weeding and at the end of the day our gardens and everything around it looks sparkling and plentiful

we separated/cut the fig tree and did some off cuts, and the tree tomato (tamarilo )

for a few days now we were able to harvest some of our yummy veggies , had salads over lunch and even took some home.
there is a batch of ‘KIMCHI” fermenting at home, made from our chinese greens

kimchi

recipe can be found on http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-cabbage-kimchi-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189390

day twenty-three 24april 2015

WEATHER

baro 1026.4 hPa | rain 1.0 mm | soil temp …

temp high 17.1 oC temp low 12.1 oC

wind 5.4 km ESE | humidity 93% | cloud clear, 220 m

we’re finishing our assessment on “IRRIGATION SYSTEMS IN HORTICULTURE”

we transplant seedlings to our three gardens

PLAN

garden beds as per 24/4

garden beds as per 24/4

and apply ‘blood&bone’ around the fruit trees by the carpark and water the trees

BLOOD AND BONE

Blood & bone Blood and bone is a good general, though not complete, plant food that’s made from waste material. Its content is about 6 per cent nitrogen and 7 per cent phosphorous, both of which are released gradually into the soil. It doesn’t, however, contain any potassium so, if you’re using it to feed your veges, add sulphate of potash (about 1 part of sulphate of potash to 10 parts of blood and bone). Alternatively, you could apply blood and bone in spring and potash later in the year when flowers and fruit are forming. Other popular organic fertilisers include fish oils applied as a liquid foliar feed. The potent smell is said to deter pests like aphids and whiteflies from roses and such-like, as well as giving plants resistance to blight and mildew. However, some gardeners say it repels them more. Liquid fish fertilisers also need to be reapplied frequently throughout summer. The internet is full of suggestions for more everyday organic products, such as iron and nitrogen-rich coffee-grounds and banana peels for potassium. In general, these have low levels of nutrients at best, but at least they seem to do no harm to the plants you’re trying to cosset. – See more at: http://nzgardener.co.nz/top-10fertilisers/#sthash.QnqXRDMP.dpuf