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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March Gardening Australia Magazine

altThe March edition of Gardening Australia Magazine is out and once again I have one to give away!

This month has a feature on one of my favourite's South Australia's floral emblem. The Sturt's Desert Pea...see this link from 2007 for some photos of them growing wild up north where our son and his family live!

There is a great article from Josh Byrne about an "Urban Orchard" in the centre of Perth in Western Australia which is actually growing on top of a multistorey car park!

Great hints and things to do in the Garden Diary for March...with a reminder that Autumn is the best time to plant Native trees and shrubs...I think I have a few to plant out this year.Also the time of year to plant out spring flowering bulbs with hints on ground preparation!

This month Millie Ross is brewing up some Beer...using Ginger and beer made with Hops and she explains some other uses for Hops and includes some useful information on growing Hops.

And to cap it all off Maggie Beer tells us all about growing (in great detail) and cooking with Apples just in time for the new season apple crop!

Magazine Giveaway!!!

Once again, thanks to the people at Morey Media, who do the PR for Gardening Australia,
I am giving away one copy of the March Gardening Australia magazine to one of my blog or facebook page readers!

For a chance to have a free copy of the October Gardening Australia Magazine sent to you just mention the magazine when you leave a comment here on the blog below or on Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page (here) and I'll put all your names in a hat and get Doc to draw a winner at noon on Monday 12th March so be sure to come back and check if you have been the lucky winner.

Please note draw changed to TUESDAY at noon! See Here

Check out the Gardening Australia website here

Or join in the fun on their Facebook page here

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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.