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skud ([personal profile] skud) wrote2014-01-14 11:15 pm

Succession Planting Tuesday (14th January, 2014)

This is a crosspost from Chez Skud. You can comment here or there.

A quickie because it’s too hot to have the laptop on my lap.

First, because I missed Harvest Monday yesterday, here’s a quick pic of the only stuff I harvested this week:

tomatoes and chillies in a bowl

Jaune flamme tomatoes (the orange-yellow ones), some kind of cherry tomato I forget the name of, a couple of tiny wild sweetie tomatoes hiding underneath, and two thai chillies.

I think starting my tomatoes and peppers in Melbourne gave them a headstart on everyone else in Ballarat, as most of my neighbours aren’t picking tomatoes yet!

Next, a quick check-in to see what happened with the things I planted the last two weeks since I started doing this succession planting thing.

bush beans sprouting in the garden bed

Bush beans from two weeks ago, well on their way. Though they haven’t all come up, and I’m wondering whether they will do so soon, or not. The seed’s a bit old, so who knows?

The cucumber and zucchini I planted that week are also coming up — hopefully not too late to be useful, but that’ll depend on how long the summer is/how warm autumn is. The seed I broadcast (herbs, rocket, etc) isn’t doing much, but I’m expecting some surprises at random times in future. The herbs I planted from seedling (eg. basil) are looking so-so, not really doing much, though their leaves are looking healthier/greener than they did in the pot.

seedling punnets with tiny sprouts.

Last week’s seedling punnets, coming along nicely. Amaranth, silver beet, spring onions, etc. In the background are Vietnamese mint and perpetual basil cuttings, which I potted today. Fingers crossed!

This week I planted:

  • Kai laan (asian greens) — in a seedling punnet
  • Mustard (“Green Wave”) — punnet
  • More beans (direct)
  • Radishes (direct)
  • Beets (direct)

Don’t know how the direct-sown stuff will deal with the heat, but I’m guessing the beans at least won’t mind. I’ve mulched everything well.

Next week: my order from Green Harvest should arrive, which means starting on winter crops (ugh, I can barely even think about that yet). I need to pick up more seed-raising mix before then.

Meanwhile, does anyone know what these insects are? They’re all over my backyard, and they’re always mating, tail to tail.

orange and black insects in amongst the weeds

Actually, some of these ones were trying to have a threesome as I took the photo.

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[personal profile] st_aurafina 2014-01-14 12:44 pm (UTC)(link)
You're definitely ahead with tomatoes! Nobody's got any around here yet - we've got lot of green ones. Hopefully this heat will do them some good - I keep telling myself that, as I swelter. "It's good for the tomatoes, it's good for the tomatoes."

We always called them harlequin beetles. (My mum calls them 'fuck-me beetles'!)
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[personal profile] kayloulee 2014-01-14 04:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Those look kind of like what my family always called stinkbugs, to me. You don`t want them to be stinkbugs, because, uh, the name is a case of nominative determinism. If they don`t make a stink when disturbed, that`s not what you`ve got.

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[personal profile] linaelyn 2014-01-14 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I cannot resist a bug ID question. I think they're Dindymus versicolor, and as someone already pointed out, they go by the common name, "harlequin bugs." Those insects are all over the place during the summer in California, too. They enjoy many of the plants we've imported to here from Australia. And yes, absolute sex fiends.
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2014-01-15 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
I think they must be a pest - my parents set us to squishing them whenever they showed up (this was in Gippsland - I've never seen them in the southwest).