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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Split Pumpkins Won't Keep

Update March Week 3 :
altIt didn't take very much rain to split this pumpkin
...it will be turned into soup straight away
as it won't keep with a crack like that in it.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 9.4C
Highest Max 29.4C
19mm Rain

Propagation:
Seedlings planted out:
Cauliflower (Broccoli) Romanesco into Bed 9

Cuttings/Division:
Yarrow Yellow Achillea millefolium cuttings

Next Week To Do:
Plant those Peas and some Lettuce seedlings out
Sow more Spinach and Cima Di Rapa and Coriander on 25th-28th Mar
And still to do from last week because life got busy!
Clean out Faverolles' house
Clear and tidy driveway with Doc's help!

Harvest Tally:
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 Roc D'Or 30g
Capsicum California Wonder 83g
Carrots Mixed 140g
Onions Sweet Domenica 196g
Pumpkin Butternut 875g
Pumpkin Triamble 3399g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 12168g
Tomato Money Maker 291g
Trombone 4275g

Peaches 1444g

Eggs: total for the week 19
19 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
0 From the 4 Faverolles

altThe pea seeds sown on the 3rd March have germinated very quickly
and are ready to plant out!

altThe JAP Pumpkin was very slow to take off but now is extremely vigorous and is setting fruit...hopefully they will grow to a decent size quickly before the frosts start!

altThe Trombone plants in the old chook run have hijacked the cucumber trellis...but in the wind last week one broke off. I cooked it up and it tasted very good even though it didn't look ripe!

altWe finally have some zucchinis developing on the plants
of the late crop from seeds sown 3rd Dec 2011.

To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Planting Plan for Autumn HERE This is updated as planting occurs.
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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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