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.
Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: December 2011
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:
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
Cranberry Red 333g
Tomato Ida Gold 177g
Tomato Pineapple 66g
Squash Yellow Scallop 677g
Zucchini Rondo De Nice 5964g
Eggs: (total for month)
98 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
21 From the 1 Barnevelder
66 From the 4 Faverolles
To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of What's Growing Where HERE
Come on over to the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!
I'll end with this photo of a Spider...it shows up well against the white background of one of the old fridges around the garden. See Here