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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Autumn Warmth

Update: Week  1 of  April 2012: 

  Busy bees on the last of the Luffa flowers!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 4.4C
Highest Max 32.6C
1 mm Rain

None this week!

Harvest Tally:
Beans Butter 52g
Beans Purple King 135g
Capsicum California Wonder 350g
Squash Golden 1034g
Tomato Money Maker 870g
Zucchini Nero di Milano 330g

Apples Cox's Orange Pippin 7418g
Grapes Black Sultana 3172g
Peaches 2649g
Pear Josephine 260g
Strawberry Guava 62g

Eggs: Total for the week 11
0 from the lone Barnevelder
11 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the 4 Faverolles


The new Snow Peas were growing well in Bed 7 (MVG) but not towards the fence!!! A few sticks will show them the way. Once they grab hold of the fence there will be no stopping them!


Purple Sprouting Broccoli in Bed 1 (MVG)  is enjoying the late summer's nearly a metre tall already!!

 The warmer weather is keeping the late Zucchinis in Bed 2 (MVG) flowering!


The Strawberry Guava in the Almond Area is fruiting right now...The Lone Barnevelder is banned from this area until all the fruit is harvested...she loves Strawberry Guava!


Amazing Growth on the Lettuces in Bed 7 in the Main Vegetable  Garden.

More photos of those Grandtwins who are staying in a town closer to us right now, so we get to see more of them. The hot day was just right for painting with water (no mess for Daddy to clean up) and eating strawberries and bananas for a favourite snack outside!!
No more eggs from the Faverolles for a while as they have gone into moult and won't be laying eggs until all their feathers grow back and the daylight hours get longer.

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.