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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My Diary

Katrina asked how I keep track of all the seed sowing, potting on and planting out around the garden. I wrote about keeping records in the Beginner's Guides (Part 5 here) but thought I'd add a bit more information.

I find it very helpful to know important dates in my garden. Things like:

first and last frost dates...although these can vary widelywhen to expect rain...even if it doesn't comeexperimental plantings...some work, some don'twhen I order seeds and from whereseed saving notes
daily harvests of fruit, veg and eggs...I'm even training Doc to help here!!!moon planting information...this helps break down the sowing into groups - fruiting, leafy and roots/perennialsincluding noting days when we have been away from homeBasically there is no way I could remember all those details without writing them down.

This year I have used a cheap diary that shows one week to an opening (double page). The cheap shops sell them and 'student diaries' are a similar layout.

As you can see in the photo above I try to write everything down as I do it. Yes, things still get missed but there is usually enough information to jog my memory for what else I did that day. That week in the photo was a busy week, sometimes there is very little written on the pages!

I use the websites mentioned in the beginners guide to keep track of weather conditions but I do keep my own rain totals as these seem to vary.

Writing it all up in this blog each week (in busy times) or month really helps to make sense of it all but that little diary is a 'hard copy' of my garden activities. It is interesting to go back through old 'journals' to our early days here (18 years ago) and see how the garden has developed. Even through years of drought!

As I ended in the beginners guide...
...I hope this has been helpful to you. Just remember to keep as much or as little information as you?re comfortable with.

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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.