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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Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: December 2011

Lots of flowers around the garden this year...
The flower of the Black Cumin is unusual and is followed by an equally unusual seed head...similar to it's cousin Love in the Mist.
The Agapanthus have been spectacular especially considering these don't need any watering at all...probably why they are considered a weed in some areas!
Creamy white Nasturtium Milkmaid from Diggers makes an unusual change from the orange and yellow varieties!
Finally I have a PINK Hollyhock... I think I have Kate to thank for this one. :)
Even the Bronze Fennel flowers are unaffected by bugs this year and are making a stunning display.

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 3C
Highest Min 21C
Lowest Max 19.8C
Highest Max 37.3C
68.5 mm Rain

Rain comparison with other years: Dec average is 22.7mm:
2011 68.5mm
2010 43.5mm
2009 4mm
2008 44.9mm
2007 26mm

Propagation: listed in weekly updates
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Harvest Tally:
There is something from the garden every day at this time of the year!
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 Tongues of Fire 576g
Beans Gourmet Delight 218g
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield 1032g
Carrots mixed colours 152g
Celery American Stringless 427g
Cucumber Bushy 580g
Kale Red Bor 164g
Leek Bulgarian Giant 147g
Onion Stuttgart 621g

Nicola 544g
Bismark 1695g
Brownell 105g
Cranberry Red 333g

Tomato Ida Gold 177g
Tomato Pineapple 66g
Squash Yellow Scallop 677g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 5964g

Apricots 11011g
Cherries 3075g
Figs 450g
Loganberries 205g
Strawberries 95g

Eggs: (total for month)
98 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
21 From the 1 Barnevelder
66 From the 4 Faverolles

December of Previous Years:

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of What's Growing Where HERE

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I'll end with this photo of a shows up well against the white background of one of the old fridges around the garden. See 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.