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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Grand Twins Visit

Update: Week 2 of January 2012
Guess who came to visit!
Their Daddy found the wheelbarrow
and they loved the ride!

Weather Highs and Lows:
Lowest Min 8.5C
Highest Max 28.7C
No Recorded Rainfall

Propagation:
Seeds:
Radish Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus Oriental from DT Brown
Radish Raphanus sativus Mixed colours from The Italian Gardener

Harvesting this week:
Plus salad greens from Goldrush Lettuce, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Shallot Greens, Silverbeet and Leaf Amaranth.
Beans Gourmet Delight 21g
Beans Tongues of Fire 76g
Capsicum Hungarian Yellow 23g
Carrots Mixed 96g
Cucumber Bushy 313g
Leeks Bulgarian Giant 132g
Onion Red 86g
Potato Brownell196g
Potato Bismark 216g
Potato Cranberry Red 384g
Silverbeet 77g
Squash Acorn Table Queen 103g
Tomato Big Rainbow 69g
Tomato Black Cherry 68g
Tomato Ida Gold 127g
Tomato Money Maker 64g
Tomato Stor Gul 153g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 1427g
Cossack Pineapple 77g
Plums 351g

Chooks: 31 eggs
5 from the lone Barnevelder
22 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
14 from the 4 Faverolles

The Grand Twins are growing up fast...

They dug in the dirt
- future little helpers in Nannie's garden I think!

Little Miss is fascinated by flowers while MiniMan collects sticks!
They loved testing out PoppyDoc's Wooden Toy stock!
When it was time to go Little Miss was still carefully studying her Nasturtium flower!
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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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