Scarecrow's Garden

On-line journal for a productive food garden on the edge of the outback in arid South Australia.
With freezing cold winters (frosts to - 10C) followed by scorching summers (temps up to 45C we make use of any water we get (Av rainfall 330.2mm).
The garden beds are shaded (during summer), heavily mulched, humus rich and most are now converted to wicking worm beds (20 beds).
Despite this harsh climate we manage to grow much of our own food.

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A Wet End To Summer

Update: February Week 4:
altCabbage seedlings up in days and almost ready to pot up!

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 11.9C
Highest Max 36.4C
56 mm Rain (last check of the rain gauge at 5:30pm on the 29th Feb)

Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil - Sweet Genovese Ocimum basilicum from Mr Fothergill's
Black Cumin Nigella sativa from The Lost Seed
Cabbage - Early Jersey Wakefield Brassica oleracea from The Lost Seed
Cabbage - Red Express Brassica oleracea from Southern Harvest Seeds
Cabbage - Verona Purple Savoy Brassica oleracea from The Lost Seed
Chervil - Curled Anthriscus cerefolium from The Lost Seed
Corn Salad (Lamb's Lettuce/Mache) Valerianella locusta from The Italian Gardener (organic)
Heartsease - Johnny Jump Up Viola triclour from DT Brown
Lettuce - Drunken Woman Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Lettuce - Red & Green Salad Lactuca sativa from DT Brown
Love in a Mist - Miss Jekyll Nigella damascena from Mr Fothergill's
Parsley - Italian Leaf Petroselinum hortense from Mr Fothergill's
Poached Egg PlantLimnanthes douglasii from Mr Fothergill's
SilverBeet - White Silver Beta vulagris from Mr Fothergill's (organic)
Sweet Pea - Bijou Mixed Colours Lathyrus odoratusfrom Home Saved Seeds
Viola - Edible Mix Viola cornuta from The Lost Seed
Viola - Large Flowered Mixed Viola cornuta from Mr Fothergill's
Direct Sown into Bed 6 Main Veg Garden:
Spinach - America Spinacea oleracea from The Italian Gardener (organic)

Planting Out:
Bed 1 Main Veg Garden:
Purple Sprouting Broccoli Brassica oleracea from - Seedlings planted 27 Feb 12 from seeds sown 26 Dec 11
Bed 4 Main Veg Garden:
Brassica - Asian Greens mixed planted 27 Feb 12 from seeds sown 26 Jan 12:
Cabbage Red Choi Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Mizuna Purple Brassica rapa Japonica Group
Cima Di Rapa Brassica rapa

Next Week To Do:
Sow Pea seeds into loo rolls
Pot on Lettuce and Cabbage seedlings
Prepare Bed 9 for planting Romanesco Cauliflower, leaving Runner Beans on trellis.
Clear Bed 19 - save some seeds off the Purple Orach
Plant Kale Red Bor into Bed 19 after topping up with compost and attach netting
Tidy Bed 20 - remove Kale and Celery
Begin to cut back excess growth of the Pumpkin Jungle in the Old Chook Run

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Beans Purple King 186g
Carrots Mixed 270g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 2992g
Rockmelon Hearts Of Gold 335g
Tomato Big Rainbow 320g
Tomato Money Maker 888g
Tomato Stor Gul 153g

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 717g
Black Sultana Grapes 120g
Nashi Fruit 338g
Pear Willliam 606g

Eggs: total for the week 28
14 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
14 From the 4 Faverolles

After the change on Sunday and with cooler, cloudy (even wet!) conditions forecast all week I have removed most of the shade covers in the Main Veg Garden. Just in time for some lovely soaking rain.

With the rain falling steadily all day on the 29 Feb I took the chance to spread some Neutrog Rapid Raiser Fertiliser around the Grape Vines and Citrus trees. The rain will help it wash in. Earlier in the week on a promise of rain I spread some Neutrog Seamungus into all the potted plants and watered that in.

altThe newly planted brassica seedlings have to be covered with netting to keep the pesky cabbage moths away...Vege net on Bed 4 and some temporary table covers over the Broccoli in Bed 1. Seeds sown have already germinated and are ready for potting on.

altThe Pumpkin harvest has begun from
down in the Pumpkin Jungle!!!

altIn the back the Trombones have continued their rampant growth with quite a few zeppelin sized trombones lurking under all that growth!

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the new Planting Plan for Autumn HERE
This will be updated as planting occurs.

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I live in a rural township in the dry Mid North of South Australia on three town blocks giving us a total of half an acre.

In my mid fifties, I enjoy a simple lifestyle and growing our own food is a large part of that lifestyle.

Our 2 children have moved from home to live their own lives and we now enjoy watching our grand children grow.

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