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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Humid Weather

Update: First week of January 2012
The humid, warm days has set
the Sweet Potato off and growing.

The Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius is thriving too.


Weather Highs and Lows:
Lowest Min 11.8C
Highest Max 39.5C
Rain 14mm

Propagation:
Seeds:
Beans Bush Phaseolus vulgaris Roc D'Or - Green Harvest into Bed 13
Beans Climbing Phaseolus vulgaris - Purple King DT Brown into Bed 1
Zucchini Cucurbita pepo var, melopepo Costata Romanesco - Phoenix Seeds into small pots for transplanting

Harvesting this week:
Salad greens from Goldrush Lettuce, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Shallot Greens, Silverbeet and Leaf Amaranth.
Beans Gourmet Delight 50g
Beans Tongues of Fire 387g
Cucumber Bushy 116g
Squash Scalloped Yellow Button 257g
Tomato Big Rainbow 124g
Tomato Ida Gold 49g
Tomato Money Maker 81g
Tomato Pineapple 47g
Tomato Stor Gul 197g
Cossack Pineapple 111g

Chooks: 31 eggs:-
3 from the lone Barnevelder
13 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
15 from the 4 Faverolles

The Black Sultana Grapes are staring to colour up!
In Bed 12 in the Kitchen Garden the Capsicums are setting fruit and the Cossack Pineapples are ripening and providing a tasty treat and maybe enough to try some jam soon!

Down in the Pumpkin Jungle several pumpkins have set and are growing fast, the vines seem to be coping with a slight attack of powdery mildew brought on by the unusually humid weather this year.

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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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