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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A Cool Start to Summer

December week 1:
The front garden has recently
become a playground for these two young
Top Knots aka Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
Info Link Here

A cool start to the first month of Summer downunder in SA.
On the first of December the minimum temperature dropped to only 3C
Maximum temps have been climbing slowly from 23C to end the week on 33C.

Zucchini nero di Milano (Organic) Cucurbita pepo from The Italian Gardener
This is for late December planting out.

Potting on/up:
Eggplant Casper
Eggplant Long Purple
Lavender Munstead Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' - purchased seedlings

The second planting (direct seeded) of Runner Beans
has overtaken the seedlings...
...a note to self for next year
- don't bother growing Runner Beans
as seedlings for transplanting!

Did you know?...
The white flowers of gourds are pollinated
by insects during the night!

Purple Orach (Mountain Spinach)
- a colourful 'greens' plant for summer.

More colour in the Red Bor Kale
but I think it would be happier growing through winter.
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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.