Well the weather is still cold but I notice that birds now have nesting
material in their beaks and when separating a rhubarb today, there are faint
stirrings in the all sorts of things amongst the perennial veg.
Not too long now till Spring (I hope).
Guess you learn something everyday. I would assume that the dates are
attached to the seasons but apparently not so in places like Oz:
The definition of season varies all around the world. In fact in some part
of Oz it is different to others. People tend to forget that we have
tropical, subtropical, warm and cool temperate climates in the one country.
In Darwin they have only wet and dry. In Sydney they have four seasons in a
year, in Melbourne in a day.
Ack! Bite your tongue woman! I want to see red tomatoes first. Great,
heaping piles of red tomatoes of all sizes, garnishing the plates of
innumerable al fresco dinners. Then you'll get your turn ;O)
If it makes you feel any better, The grape harvest will start next
month, and I'm stacking this winter's firewood, now, or should be.
:-)) Well if it's any consolation, I know that in the past, I've still been
waiting for red toms to arrive when all you northern hemispherians have been
bragging about the warmign weather and you've all had seedlings coming on.
:-)) We think we have enough wood to get us through the rest of the season.
We pruned my house grape last week and I've weeded my berry cage and dug up
and divided a venerable rhubarb clump, but basically that's all. The roses
still need to be pruned (all 110+ of the sods) and that's traditionally an
August job in this cold (for Aus) climate.
every one of the rhubarb chunks i planted last fall
made it through transplanting this past winter. i
know the experts say to divide it in the spring, but
i've had 100% success dividing in the fall and am often
too busy in the spring.
Well, if you are asking if we have them and name them as such to coincide
with the rising of the Dog Star as did the ancient Romans and Greeks, then
no, we don't have them because the Dog Star can be seen for much of the year
here (or so I've been told).
If, however, you mean do we have those stinking hot days of mid summer that
are called 'dog days', then yes, we certainly do have them. A week of temps
over the old ton are enough to drive both humans and dogs quite bonkers.
Yes, that was the question. Although, I "thought" that it must be,
I was unsure whether Sirius is even visible at Australia's latitudes.
I'm in the SE USA, where Canis Major, Orion, etc. are pretty high in the
sky. Of course, a fire would be required in order to get me up early
enough to see it this time of year. "Dog days" are when Sirius and Sol
are in conjunction and rise at (about) the same time of day.
Glad to read that you're seeing a few optimistic harbingers of
Spring; reassuring, isn't it? Is winter over or do you still have more
cold weather coming on? I'm far enough south in US that, for practical
purposes, "spring" arrives in mid-late February and outdoor gardening
can begin, although, a slight possibility of a nasty "March Surprise"
This time of year, here, all but the most heat tolerant plants are
gone from the garden and it's still a bit early for a "late" planting
of beans, curcurbits and tomatoes; far too early to put in cool weather
crops. Just as well, for the time may be used for chainsaw tuneup/repair
(firewood on hand but not yet bucked to length or split),
Making plans and putting together a final seed order for the
fall-winter garden, though. At your suggestion, "Fordhook" Swiss chard
will be included in this year's mix, with a series of succession
plantings starting once the weather cools a bit. Never had any "luck"
with chard and don't recall having tried any other kind of beet. Of
course, it's all on you, if my dismal record continues: It's the new
"American Way", LOL!
Of course, I have no idea what that means unless it's a sailing
reference and is hot, indeed. Rarely gets out of high 20's, maybe very
low 30's, here.
Where Fran lives I would say not at all. Up north maybe. Oz is a big
We are concerned with that too especially with stone fruits. If they flower
early and you get a late frost the flowers or fruit will fall and your
harvest can be almost nothing.
The five-colour sort looks nice but fordhook is reliable. You don't need to
succession plant it, if you keep pulling the outside leaves it will keep
growing new ones from the centre. I have some here that has been going for
8 months. It will probably bolt to seed in the spring. You can save the
A ton is a hundred, a car going over a ton is over 100mph, temperature is
over 100F. This is all in antiquated pre-metric measure, the septics ought
to feel right at home.
I'm familiar with the practice of "cropping" potherbs for an
extended and continuous harvest. The successions would be to determine
practical planting dates.
So, what is the temperature range during chard's best growing
season? ...at planting time? I normally plant "cool season" veggies when
temperatures moderate somewhat and begin trending toward cooler days,
not necessarily according to the calendar.
Thanks for the info. Never have heard the expression before; had me
dazed and confused.
I love usenet because of the things I can learn as a reuslt of the
interaction. I know sod all about stars but I've just done a google and
according to the results of that, Canus major is a 'constellation of the
southern hemisphere'. I would have thought that would mean it's more
visible in my hemisphere than yours?????? In any event, the whole
constellation is apparently visible in my latitude but to you it would look
Of course, a fire would be required in order to get me up early
No way Jose! We still have lots of cold and frosty mornings to come still
but that doesn't stop either the flora or fauna in my garden and surrounds
knowing that spring is coming.
or do you still have more
Spring is uncertain here too and we often get a late frost. That is why I
prefer the long balmy days of Autumn.
I drag in manure or clean out the chook pen when I get a round to it. I
never have any defined season or time for doing it.
I can't understand why you've not been successful. It's one of those 'tough
as old boots' plants. Mine self seeds and I find it in all sorts of add
spots and it lasts thorugh winter and gives a few greens at times when other
greens are in short supply. And the tiny leaves are great in a mixed salad
with tomato, crispy bacon, grated cheese and a tomatoey pasteish style salad
Yeah well I'll blame you Merkins for the loss of our language.
Every young Australian who keeps chooks now says they keep 'chickens' and
they don't know that a real chicken is quite different to what they think it
is. But what would I know, I'm just an old woman who was raised on a
We use Celcius for our temps and ahve done for decades but I grew up with it
and so know what American mean when they complain of high 90s etc. A ton is
a 100 (and yes IIRC, it is derived from a reference to speed). 100degrees F
was hot but that is now an old measure so anything that is over the old ton
is still darned hot. These days darned hot is about 39degrees C or somehing
close to that in the old ton measures.
True enough but it depends on ones distance from the equator. As I
mentioned, I'm pretty far southward in NA and that whole ecliptic thingy
is pretty high in the sky.
Same here; it's just that a number of events coincide this year.
Chard is one of a few plants for which I just can't find the
combination. Seeds always germinate well but the plants simply don't
thrive. I suspect a nutrient imbalance but haven't really made a serious
effort to investigate. This region has chronically high pH, which locks
up iron (for example), so the solution may be as simple as incorporating
a slow-release acidifier.
Yes, there is _that_. I doubt the condition is unique to AU....
Unfortunately, the elements of USA "culture" that get exported are the
commercial LCD elements. Whom do _we_ blame for the loss of "our"
I have no direct knowledge of or experience with either. Are they
different beasts entirely or is it a distinction without a difference?
It almost never gets that hot in my locale -- the 41-year high is
105; low 90s is more typical of summertime temps. However, that can be
stifling because the humidity is extreme.
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