Blogs from scarecrowOn-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.http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/blogger/listings/scarecrowFri, 18 Apr 2014 19:12:19 +0000Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Managementen-gbAutumn Equinoxhttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/autumn-equinoxhttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/autumn-equinox
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The new seedlings that have been planted out are thriving in the warm autumn soil and with the hope of rain soon they should put on good growth before the frosts of winter hit. Old metal stool frames provide temporary support for the Vege Netting until I have time to put more Hoops over the beds. Friday morning was the Autumn Equinox so we are all systems go for winter. Summer was very long and hot I have to wonder what sort of winter we are heading into. Seeds Sown:
18th to 21st March: seeds of root crops and perennials
Lotus Sunrise Lotus pedunculatus Green Harvest
Lovage Levisticum officinale Cornucopia Seeds
Lucerne Sequel Medicago sativa Green Harvest
Onion Cipollini Red Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Onion Cipollini Yellow Allium cepa from Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Radish French Breakfast Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Long Scarlet Raphanus sativus DT Brown
Radish Mila Raphanus sativus Country ValuePotting On: Seedlings:
Alyssum Carpet of Snow
Alyssum Royal Carpet
Chinese Celery
Corn Salad
Endive
Lettuce Freckles
Mesclun Mix LettuceCuttings Taken:
Daisy Double White Argyranthemum frutescens
Lavender French Lavendula dentata
Pelargonium Lemon Pelargonium crispum
Pelargonium Lemon Variegated Pelargonium crispum variegatum
Pelargonium Pot Pourri
Pelargonium Spice scented
Rosemary Pink, Blue, Dark Blue Rosmarinus officinalis
Sage Salvia officinalis
Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus syn S. incana
Silverbush Convolvulus cneorum
Wormwood Common Artemisia absinthium
Wormwood Roman Artemesia pontica

 Planting Out:
Garlic Italian White from Greenpatch Organic Seeds...looking forward to a bumper crop of Garlic this year so I can try some of the "20 Unusual Uses for Garlic" on this link
Broccoli Albert
Broccoli Green Dome
Cabbage Verona Purple
Kale Red Russian
Kale Tuscan
Lettuce Mixed
Silverbeet Bright Lights
4 trays of mixed seedlings (Kale, Broccoli, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Silverbeet) were taken up to the Community Garden and shared amongst the "Plotters"...it was good to re-visit the site after a couple of years away. There are more Plots now but it was good to find many of the shrubs I planted at the beginning have grown well and are serving their purpose of attracting beneficial insects and windbreaks.

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With all the seedlings and cuttings I have been propagating lately I needed somewhere safe for them to grow on. This little walk in green house was on special at Home Hardware this week so Doc bought me two of them. I only have room for one at the moment so the other has been stored away until we sort out the backyard a bit more! They come with a plastic zippered cover but I just needed something to attach some Vege Net onto to keep the bugs (Cabbage moths, Grasshoppers, Snails etc...) from destroying the seedlings overnight! The Back Pergola has become the Potting Area lately as it is the coolest spot in the garden!
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I have been taming the Trombone jungle down in the Old Chook Run Garden to plant out the main Garlic crop in the bed on the right and planted some Collard , Silverbeet and Lettuce seedlings in the bed at the back. The bed on the left still has the Sweet Potatoes growing strongly and I may cover these with plastic as the weather cools. The beds are netted to stop the birds digging up the garlic cloves and seedlings to steal the worms in the soil.
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Wow the pre-sprouting of pea seeds certainly worked well. The seedlings are growing fast!!
 
The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops  which can be sown from 3.50pm  on the 1st of April until the 3rd of April. I shall pop just a few more lettuces in and maybe some more coriander. I will definitely be sowing some English Spinach because the early lot has bolted straight to seed...grrr! It will soon be too cold in my garden for many seeds to germinate.General Seed Raising Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see This Link  For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:

Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth MagazineFor information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 25 Mar 2014 19:19:00 +0000
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Well so far so good with the pre-sprouted Peas...they were placed on a moist paper towel, wrapped up and put into a ziplock bag (not sealed) and left inside.
I had to leave them over the weekend so the shoots were slightly longer than I would have liked. I made sure the soil was wet before planting them out and kept them cool under some shadecloth so here's hoping they grow! Seeds Sown:
Mar 12:

Broad Beans Coles Early Dwarf
Vicia faba from DT Brown
Broad Beans Scarlet Cambridge Vicia faba  from Home Saved Seeds
Sown
into loo roll holders
Climbing Snow Peas Mammoth Melting Pisum sativum from Mr Fothergill's that were pre-spouted before planting out into Bed 7Planting Out:
Cauliflower 60 Days
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
into Bed 10

Perpetual Spinach 
into Bed 7The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown from the 18th until the 21st of March. When I shall  be planting my main crop of Garlic. Seeds of beetroot and radish might find themselves being sown too and I should try some Onions from seed this year. As this phase is also good for sowing perennial herbs I might try some of those.
I'll also try to fit in taking some cuttings during this moon phase as it is a good time for making strong root growth.General Seed Raising information Here on this link
For hints on Taking Cuttings see This Link For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 18 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000
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With only a couple of dozen fruit on the William Pear tree this year I haven't bothered to net the tree, instead I have put a tiny organza bag over the individual fruit...seems to have kept the birds and bugs off well. Thank you to the lovely reader who gave me that hint!
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With the cooler weather I have put a couple of pots of Kangkong (Ipomea aquatica) into the bathtub in the Shaded Water Garden. The tub is rather overgrown with Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and I think there are a couple of Water Chestnuts still growing in there too!!Seeds Sown:
Mar 5th:

Alyssum Carpet of Snow Lobularia maritima DTBrown
Alyssum Royal Carpet Lobularia maritima The Seed Collection
Celery Chinese Broadleaf Brassica juncea Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Chervil Curled Anthriscus cerefolium The Lost Seed
Corn Salad Valerianella locusta Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Coriander Coriandrum sativum The Seed Collection
Lettuce Freckles Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Lettuce Purple Oak Leaf Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Mesclun Mix Lettuce Lactuca sativa Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Parcel (Smallage, Cutting, Leaf or Wild Celery) Apium graveolens secalinum Home Saved Seeds
Red Clover Trifolium pratense Phoenix SeedsMarch 6th:
Cress American Upland  Barbarea verna Cornucopia
Endive Salad King Chichorium endiva Eden Seeds
Hollyhock "Nelly" Alcea rosea from Nelly Saved Seeds (thank you Nelly)
Spinach Galilee Spinacia oleracea Green Harvest
White Mustard Sinapis alba syn Brassica alba or Brassica hirta Eden SeedsPlanting Out:
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Kale seedlings Vates Blue Curled and Tuscan Black into Bed 2
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Silverbeet Erbette seedlings into half of Bed 3 the other half still has Dwarf Beans growing...these have grown so well through the heat of summer that I intend to save these seeds for future sowing.The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown from the 10th until lunchtime on  the 12th of March.
This time I shall be sowing some pea seeds and may have to pre-sprout them as in this link. On that link they are pre-sprouting seeds because of cold soil with me it's because the weather is still a bit too hot for direct sowing peas!
I shall also sow some Broad Bean seeds into loo rolls for planting out as soon as they are large enough. 


General Seed Raising Here on this link
For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth MagazineFor information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenSun, 09 Mar 2014 18:54:00 +0000
Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: February 2014:http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/scarecrows-garden-journal-notes-february-2014http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/scarecrows-garden-journal-notes-february-2014
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I'm quite impressed with the growth of the Carrots and Beetroot  in Bed 11. They germinated well and have been growing through what has turned out to be the hottest days in the hottest summer we have ever had!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 6.3C
Highest Min 24.5C
Lowest Max 17.9C
Highest Max 41.4C
37mm RainfallRain: Year To Date: 46mm (Average YTD: 45.2mm)
Comparison with other years February average is 22.6mm:
2014 37mm
2013 35mm
2012 56mm
2011 151mm
2010 7mm
2009 0mm
2008 1.6mm
2007 10.4mmWeather Highlights?
The first half of the month we fried in record breaking heatwave conditions. The cool change brought some rain...flooding rain to finally extinguish the Bangor Bushfire that had burnt for 29 days. Unfortunately some flood damage occurred in the area due to the fact that the fire had destroyed most of the undergrowth that would normally have slowed the flow of the water. The last half of the month was almost spring like and the garden has sprouted with renewed growth!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. For Salads, Juice/Smoothies and Stirfries I have been picking Amaranth, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Shallot greens, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans 610g
Carrots Purple 104g
Cucumber Bushy 39g
Cucumber Apple 4470g
Cucumber Mini White 2599g
Tomato Bendigo Drop 466g saving these for seeds
Tomato Capri Showstopper (non dwarf reject plants) 3348g
Tomato Roma 938g
Tomato Red Colossus 648g
Tomato Tommy Toe 548g
Tomato Yellow Baby Pear 901g easily this many again grazed on while gardeningTotal Veg Harvest for February 14.7KgsApple Cox's Orange Pippin 491g
Blackberries 285g
Nashi 1048gTotal Fruit Harvest for February 1.8Kg Total Eggs for February:  12 eggs. They really didn't like the heatwave and decided to go into moult...
2 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
10 From the 3 Faverolles February of Previous Years:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place Here
 

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenSun, 09 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000
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Time to pick the Basil for drying...the rain that came with the cool change has boosted the growth of the various types of Basil I have growing this year.
1) Lettuce Leaf Basil is kept bushy by pinching out the flowering tips as they appear.
2) Sweet Genovese Basil, a main cropper
3) Purple Basil, a favourite because of the little pink flowers it produces and the dark coloured leaves
4 )Minette, a new one this year, again would've been better if I had pinched out the flowers as it grew.

Well it seems as if the whole of the Mid North and other regions of SA must have been out doing rain dances because the Bangor Fire area received around 75mm of (flooding!!) rain on Friday (14th Feb) to finally put that fire out!

Potting On:
Kale Lacinato
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix
Lettuce Darwin
Perpetual Spinach
Spinach Viking
Also I have potted on lots of plants and cuttings on the potting table...

Planting Out:
Feb 21st
Garlic Rocambole Allium species just one bulb's worth at the end of Bed 9
Shallots  Red Allium cepa were divided and cleaned (the rain had made many soggy and a couple mouldy) then planted out into Bed 14 the Loganberry Bed

The next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Green crops which can be sown on the 2nd and also from 5th through until 1pm on the 7th of March. I'll be popping in more Lettuce seeds as well as some cooler weather greens like Coriander, Parsley, Corn Salad, Mesclun Mix, Chinese Celery and some more European Spinach. 

General Seed Raising Here on this link
For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine

For information on what to plant in many regions around the world just visit Gardenate and choose the area where you live from the drop down menu at point 1 on this page.

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 25 Feb 2014 16:34:00 +0000
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Looks like rain IS going to happen at last to put the Bangor Fire out See Here
It has been burning for over a month threatening many nearby townships in the Southern Flinders district. It has been a terrible month of endless heat as the CFS  heroes battled against this monstrous beast of a fire. Let's hope these amazing folks can finally get some rest. So to the poor landholders in the path of this fire...many haven't slept properly during the whole month!!!
Read Doc's wonderful tribute to the firies on this link No Fruit sowing this time it just wasn't worth it during 40C heat...but just near the end as it started to drizzle I popped in a few extra Greens seeds. According to the Zimmer Moon Chart sowing of Greens and Fruiting seeds during the first and second moon quarters can be interchanged...but should still happen during a fertile sign!  Seeds Sown:
Feb 12:

Broccoli Romanesco Brassica oleracea var. italica - Cornucopia...because the other seeds failed to germinate
Cabbage Portugal Summer Couve Tronchuda Brassica oleracea tronchuda - Eden Seeds...because I still haven't had any of these germinate...third time lucky maybe???
Cauliflower 'Sixty Days' Brassica oleracea var. botrytis - Green Harvest...because the last lot grew too fast and were not suitable to pot on. I have time to sow more so I can be fussy and get good seedling growth. Potting On:
Cauliflower Mini
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
Collards Champion
Kale Tuscan Black
Kale Red Russian
Kale Vates Blue CurledThe next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Root crops  which can be sown from the 18th until the 22nd of February. When I shall  be dividing and planting some Shallots and an early planting of Garlic. As this phase is also good for sowing perennial herbs I might try some of those.
And another small sowing of Radish and Beetroot can go in if I can find some room.General Seed Raising Here on this link
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Potting on lots of seedlings and protecting them from pests!!
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At last a chance to uncover those Carrots and Beetroot that were sown on Jan 22nd they haven't seen the sun yet!!For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar & Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
Greenpatch Organic Seeds
The New Oracle
Warm Earth Magazine
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenThu, 13 Feb 2014 12:01:00 +0000
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Next weeks weather (from the Elders site Here) looks like being HOT again...but it will be interesting if that "chance of rain" brings anything on Thursday and Friday!!
I am growing very weary of watering during this excessive heat that never seems to end...Seeds Sown:
Feb 6:

*Cabbage Tokyo Bekana  Brassica rapa var. chinensis  Green Harvest
Cauliflower Mini Brassica oleracea Diggers Seeds
Kale Lacinato Brassica oleracea The Lost Seed
Lettuce Lactuca sativa
Canasta The Lost Seed (Chosen because it's "slow to bolt"???)
Darwin  The Lost Seed ( chosen because it "survives well in hot conditions"???)
*Gourmet Mix seed tape Goodman Seeds
Red and Green Salad Mix DT Brown (a tough "all rounder" selection)
*Mizuna Purple Brassica rapa Japonica Group Southern Harvest Seeds
*Pak Choi White Petiole Brassica rapa var. chinensis Mr Fothergill's Seed Tape
Perpetual Spinach Beta vulgaris Cicla Group  Home saved seeds
Spinach Galilee Spinacia oleracea Green Harvest (chosen because it "has a higher degree of heat tolerance"???)
*Spinach Viking   Spinacia oleracea Mr Fothergill's seed tape
*these seeds were sown directly into a large plastic tub under the back pergola, the rest went into punnets kept under the back pergola for ease of watering.Potting On:
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard) Bright Lights
Silverbeet (Swiss Chard) Erbette
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix
Lettuce Gold Rush
Broccoli Albert
Cabbage Verona Purple
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I am slowly potting on all the greens seedlings that have germinated. Early in the morning and later in the evening is the time to get any work done during this heat.
One job I didn't mind doing was washing out some pots to take the seedlings. It was quite pleasant to be outside splashing around in some water.
imageAs most of the seedlings are Brassicas I have re-purposed the small hot house shelf by bringing to the back pergola and covering it with Vege Net to keep the cabbage moths away. This link shows another structure we built a few years ago for the protection of new seedlingsThe next lot of propagation will be Seeds of Fruiting crops  which can be sown on the 11th and 12th of February. When I should (not in a heatwave though) be sowing some (pre-soaked) Snow or Sugarsnap Pea seeds into loo roll holders. If the weather is favourable (cooler and maybe some rain??) and I can find some room.
I could also look at sowing some seeds of Beans for a quick crop as well. 
If you are in an area that has milder winters than I do you might get a late sowing of spring veg (from seedlings) in but you would need to pick varieties that will tolerate the cooler conditions that will come in Autumn (we hope!!).General Seed Raising Information Here on this link
For Moon Planting information please see the 2014 Astrological Calendar and Moon Planting Guide by Thomas Zimmer available for purchase from sites online including:
  Greenpatch Organic Seeds
  The New Oracle
  Warm Earth Magazine

 
I recently noticed Vege Net for sale Here at Greenpatch Organic Seeds as the price includes postage I found it quite reasonable.
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenSat, 08 Feb 2014 15:38:00 +0000
January 2014 Harvest Total 20.7Kgshttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/january-2014-harvest-total-207kgshttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/january-2014-harvest-total-207kgsScarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: January 2014:
 

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This month I have been harvesting Tomatoes, Beans, Cucumbers and Blackberries plus more!Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 8.9C
Highest Min 28.1C
Lowest Max 22.6C
Highest Max 43.4C
9mm RainRain:

Comparison with other years: January average is 22.6mm:
2014 9mm
2013 0mm
2012 20.5mm
2011 12.5mm
2010 15.5mm
2009 0.4mm
2008 0mm
2007 92.6mmWeather Highlights?
15 days over 35C and 10 of those over 40C...a cool change (in between two heatwaves) that lasted a week and brought 9mm of rain...that's Summer in South Australia!!!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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Amaranth, Kale, Lebanese Cress, Spring Onions, Parsley, Sorrel and Sweet Potato Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans Dwarf 864g
Cucumber Bushy 552g
Cucumber Crystal Apple 345g
Cucumber Mini White 265g
Onion 335g
Sweetcorn 2504g
Tomato Bendigo Drop 1191g saving many of these for seeds
Tomato Capri Showstopper (non dwarf rejects) 4705g
Tomato Red Colossus 5161g
Tomato Tommy Toe 187g
Tomato Yellow Baby Pear 49g
Zucchini Black 1575g
Zucchini Early 341g
Zucchini Golden 832g
Zucchini Cocozelle 239gTotal Veg Harvest for January 19.1kgsBlackberries 382g
Grapes 1075g
Mulberries 176gTotal Fruit Harvest for January 1.6Kg Total Eggs for January: 32 eggs.
11 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
 32 From the 3 Faverolles

January of Previous Years:
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

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I'm seeking alternatives to the styrofoam boxes I had been using for wicking boxes so I have a few of theses abandoned around the garden. This one at the side of the back pergola has been sitting there during all this heat...well nobody thought to tell this New Zealand Spinach volunteer not to use that wicking box to grow in. It has grown quite happily with just the occasional watering and the small fall of rain we had this month!!!
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A quick update from the Propagation Log...
These Carrot and Beetroot seeds were sown on the 23rd of January. Since that time we have had 4 days over 40C. Look how they have germinated! I have been going out and misting them a couple of times a day during this heatwave.To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HereCome on over to Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!Check out my Pinterest Boards
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenSat, 01 Feb 2014 18:55:00 +0000
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                                  It's Tomato picking time...this one weighing in at 500g is the biggest yet!

The heat finally gave way too a cool change last weekend but not before many bush fires burnt out more than 445,000 hectares (some are still burning) in SA alone with more in Victoria and NSW. Later in the week rain fell on our heat battered garden, as we head yet again into another heatwave to end the month. Jan 22nd and 23rd:
Seeds Sown:
Beetroot Beta vulgaris
Detroit 2 from Mr Fothergills Organic Range
Egyptian from Eden Seeds
Carrot Daucas carota var. sativus
Red Cored Chantenay from The Lost Seed
Purple Dragon from The Lost Seed
Radish Raphanus sativus
Mila from Country Value Seeds
Marigold Tagetes erecta Crackerjack home saved seeds
Were direct sown into Beds 10 and 11Planting out:
Marigold purchased seedlings
Dandelion Red Ribbed
Silverbeet Bright Lights
Planted into Bed 10The next lot of propagation won't be until February 1st to 3rd when seeds of Leafy Green crops may be sown. I shall be sowing some more Lettuce into punnets and maybe try some Asian Greens if the weather isn't too hot. I could also look at adding some more seeds of brassicas (faster growing ones like Mini Cauliflowers or Cabbage) and annual herbs as well. While we are thinking of things Lunar...the New Moon on the 30th January will be a Black Moon as it will be the second New Moon in the month...and it is said to be a Supermoon as well so the tides will be higher than usual. General Seed Raising Here on this link
 

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I didn't get around to soaking the beetroot seeds before it was time to sow them so I made sure the soil was very damp when I put them in. I have covered them with a layer of damp (pre-soaked) Coir to help retain moisture. 
Friday's 9mm of rain was welcome but we are expecting the temperatures to rise over 40C again next week so I have covered the beds with shade cloth and the rows of carrots with wood (removed as soon as the seeds germinate) to retain moisture.
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 28 Jan 2014 11:13:00 +0000
Having a Heatwave...http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/having-a-heatwavehttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/having-a-heatwave
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The garden is in "shroud" mode this week due to the seemingly endless heatwave. I like to use white 50% shadecloth but in this weather anything will do the job!!!  
The garden struggles on...the gardener is melting!
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Out early this morning hosing down the choook runs, watering pots and newly planted/sown plants and covering even more garden, I came inside and saw the in/out thermometer. The outside sensor is situated under the cool back pergola so is very shaded and is already (before 10am) showing 41.1C (nearly 106F)! Argh!!
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The newly planted out Rockmelon seedlings have survived so far in their wicking bed and those Apple Cucumbers have put on amazing growth.Jan 9th:
Seeds Sown: Direct in garden
Bean Climbing Black Seeded Snake Beans Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedaris - Eden Seeds

Planting out:
Rockmelon and Cucumber seedlings
Cucumber Suyo Long seedlingsThe next lot of propagation will be for seeds of Root Bearing crops  which can be sown from the 22th Jan up to and including the 23rd Jan. When I shall be sowing some (pre-soaked) Beetroot seed directly into the soil and also into punnets. I could also look at sowing some seeds of carrot, parsnip, turnip or swede as well if I could find some room!!
It is also a good time to sow the seeds of perennial plants so maybe some herb seeds can go in.General Seed Raising see this link
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 14 Jan 2014 15:37:00 +0000
Seed Sowing for Autumn Plantinghttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/seed-sowing-for-autumn-plantinghttp://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/seed-sowing-for-autumn-planting
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Some before and after shots of areas being cleared and just generally sorted!

We have been busily clearing and tidying the garden during the holiday break but that doesn't mean I can put off sowing the Autumn Green Seeds. They need to be started now so they are big enough to go into the garden by March/April (weather permitting). That will mean they will be well grown to withstand the frosts of winter...Jan 2nd
Broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica
Romanesco - Franchi (The Italian Gardener)
Albert - Greenpatch Organic Seeds
 

Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy Brassica oleracea var. capitata - The Lost Seed
Cabbage Portugal Summer Couve Tronchuda Brassica oleracea tronchuda - Eden Seeds
 

Cauliflower Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
Cauliflower 'Sixty Days' - Green Harvest
Cauliflower 'Violet Sicilian' syn. Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto - Green Harvest
 

Collards Champion Brassica oleracea var. accphala -  Eden Seeds
 

Kale Brassica oleracea var. acephala
Tuscan Black - Diggers Seeds
Red Russian - Eden Seeds
Vates Blue Curled - The Lost Seed
 

Nasturtium Empress of India Tropaeolum majus - Johnsons Seeds
Sunflower Helianthus annus - Greenpatch Organic Seeds
Sunflower Sun King Helianthus annus - DT Brown direct sown in groundJan 5th
Lettuce Brown Romaine Lactuca sativa - Greenpatch organic seeds
Lettuce Gold Rush Lactuca sativa - Home Saved Seeds
Lettuce Red and Green Salad Mix Lactuca sativa - DT Brown
 

Silverbeet Erbette Beta vulgaris - Select Organic Seeds
Silverbeet Bright Lights Beta vulgaris - Eden Seeds Planting out:
Parsley Petroselinum crispum purchased seedlings
Spring Onions Allium fistulosum purchased seedlings
Society Garlic Variegated Tulbaghia violacea
Planted into the Pathside Edge Bed in the Kitchen Garden that has been neglected for a while so I dug in some compost and worm castings and watered the soil with a "soil wetting agent" before planting out. See this link for info about commercial soil wetters and a recipe to make your own from agar agar. The next lot of propagation will be Fruiting Seeds which can be sown from 1pm (ACDT) on the 9th Jan up to and including the 11th Jan. When I shall be sowing some Snake Bean seed directly into the soil. Also transplanting some Rockmelon and Cucumber seedlings...I shall have to keep them shaded as we are due more very hot weather next week!See how to start Greens seeds off. Here on this link
General Seed Raising Here on this link
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenWed, 08 Jan 2014 20:43:00 +0000
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In the Garden This Month:
Ripe tomatoes for Christmas
Tomatoes growing
Sweetcorn nearly ready
Beans and Tomatoes...Beds 2&3
Capsicums

A measly excuse for a Sunflower...the earwigs ate the rest
  
Temperatures:
Lowest Min 7.4C
Highest Min 28.1C
Lowest Max 20.4C
Highest Max 42.4C
29.5 mm RainRain: Year To Date: 376.5mm (Average YTD: 311.6mm)
Comparison with other years: December average is 25.7 mm:
2013 29.5mm
2012 24.5mm
2011 68.5mm
2010 43.5mm
2009   4mm
2008 44.9mm
2007 26mm
2006 19mmWeather Highlights?
With several days of 40C plus heat where we have had UV Alerts between 9.am and  5.30pm with the UV index reaching 13 (Extreme), any gardening has to be done before or after those times as it's much too hot outside!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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Silverbeet, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Spring Onion Greens and Lebanese Cress which are not always weighed.
Beans 182g
Kale 785g
Onions 205g
Shallots 75
Tomatoes 197g
Zucchini Black 225g
Zucchini Cocozelle 339g
Zucchini Golden 1321g

Total Veg Harvest for December 3.3Kg
Apricots 2419g
Cherries 1405g
Figs 160g
Plums 2571gTotal Fruit Harvest for December 6.2Kg

Total Eggs for December:  46 eggs.
20 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
26 From the 3 Faverolles December of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006To see What is planted Where in the Garden check out the newest Map of our place HERE Come on over to Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!


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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenThu, 02 Jan 2014 21:38:00 +0000
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The Trombone Grammas have taken off in the Compost filled Tank (bed 19) in the Old Chook Run Garden. They are watered via a clay pot in buried in the middle of the bed.Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 8.1C
Highest Min 28.1C
Lowest Max 23.5C
Highest Max 42.4C
17.5 mm RainI have put shade cloth covers (mostly 50% shadecloth) over most of the beds on the extremely hot days and also over the 3 new trees that were planted last winter...cherry, apple and pear.  Propagation:
Potting On/Up:
Rockmelon (Cantaloupe) Purchased seedlings
Some sprouting Ginger root pieces into pots until I find somewhere to plant them...Planting out:
Silverbeet bright Lights Home Grown Seedlings and Egyptian Spinach HG Seedlings planted into a recycling tub planter under the back Pergola
Thyme, Parsley, Pineapple Sage, Chives and Lemon Thyme planted into pots under the back Pergola
Mouse Melon (Cucamelons) HG seedlings and Nasturtium HG seedlings planted into a wicking tub under the back PergolaCuttings:
Rosemary Pink
Ivy Pelargonium Red
Roma Tomato
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The Turmeric Curcuma longa has finally started to sprout even though it has been in the greenhouse all winter.
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After an Earwig attack these (direct sown) Apple Cucumbers have recovered and are now flowering.
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These Bushy Cucumbers where sown into small pots in the greenhouse and are now beginning to set fruit.
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More great growth on these Pumpkins that were started in the Greenhouse. Everything seems to catch up at this time of the year. There is some Sorghum growing in that bed somewhere!
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenThu, 02 Jan 2014 21:10:00 +0000
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It's often a challenge to have ripe tomatoes for Christmas Day 

in the cool/temperate parts of Australia...

...most years we manage it.

Have a Safe and Happy holiday break everybody.

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenWed, 25 Dec 2013 11:17:00 +0000
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I have lots of tiny tomatoes developing around the garden...here, in Bed 3, the Red Collossus fruits are growing quickly.Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 7.4C
Highest Min 19.6C
Lowest Max 20.4C
Highest Max 40.3C
12mm RainThe first week of summer has brought some stormy rain after a couple of very hot days.
The stormy weather brought all the snails out of hiding...
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Here is how you can tell if the silvery trails in your garden are from slugs or snails...from DailyRandomFacts.com
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Propagation:
Seeds:
Basil Sweet Genovese Ocimum basilicum From Mr Fothergill's (Seed Mats)
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This is my favourite little garden bed just by the back door...with Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Bushy Cucumbers, Casper Eggplant (white), Long Purple Eggplant, Chilli Shake Chillies and a couple of Minette Basil seedlings. It has recently been mulched with sugarcane which has led to a bit of earwig damage but the plants are big enough now to withstand a few holey leaves. I am looking forward to the first harvests from this bed.
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The first Zucchinis for the year have been harvested and eaten...
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenMon, 09 Dec 2013 20:36:00 +0000
Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes: November 2013:http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/scarecrows-garden-journal-notes-november-2013http://www.aussieslivingsimply.com.au/blogs/scarecrows-garden-journal-notes-november-2013Not much has been happening in the garden...
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Doc's Mum helping in the garden during 2011.

This November is a month I would rather forget. The only positive thing was that we spent a lot of time with all our family...the reason was the negative. 
Doc's dear, sweet mother lost her battle with Alzheimer's last week. At only 74 years of age it was tragic to watch what this disease did to someone we loved. In many ways her loss is a (very sad) relief.


Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min 1.2C
Highest Min 14.8C
Lowest Max 18.4C
Highest Max 37.3C
1 mm Rain which fell as scattered, light showers during the month

Rain: Year To Date: 347mm (Average YTD: 285.9mm)
Comparison with other years:
November Average is 25.7mm:
2013 1mm
2012 5mm
2011 79.5mm
2010 19.5mm
2009 55mm
2008 55mm
2007 60mm
2006 19.6mm

Weather Highlights?
Very dry with temperatures rising...

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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Silverbeet, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed.
Kale 125g
Red Onions 897g
Silverbeet 48og
Sugarsnap Peas 50g

Total Veg Harvest for November 1.5Kg

Apricots 3857g

Total Fruit Harvest for November 3.8Kg

Total Eggs for November:   54 eggs.
25 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
29 From the 3 Faverolles

November of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006 This Blog is seven years old this month!!

To see What is planted Where in the Garden check out the newest Map of our place HERE
Come on over to Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!
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Apology:
Any unanswered emails will be replied to as soon as possible...

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenFri, 06 Dec 2013 22:31:00 +0000
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Cherry Tree Net  is already up ...those nasty winged creatures are not getting every single cherry like they did last year! With the fruit just turning red the birds were already visiting ARGH!!!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min 1.2C
Highest Min 12.1C
Lowest Max 18.4C
Highest Max 34.9C
No Recorded Rain

Propagation:
Seeds:
Amaranth Red Mekong Amaranthus gangeticus Home Saved Seed
Cosmos Candy Stripe and Purity Cosmos bipinnatus from Mr Fothergills
Nasturtium Gleam Trailing Tropaeolum majus from Goodman Seeds
Nasturtium Jewel Mixed  Tropaeolum majus from DT Brown
Sunflower Giant Russian and Sunfola Helianthus annuus from Select Organic
Cucumber Crystal Apple Cucumis sativus  Mr Fothergill's
Cucumber Suyo Long  Cucumis sativus  Home Saved Seed
Cucumber Mini White  Cucumis sativus  4Seasons Seeds

Planting out:
Beans Tongues of Fire and Gourmet Delight Home Grown (HG) seedlings as top up planting in Bed 3
Beans Domino HG Seedlings in Bed with the Sweetcorn in Bed 9
Capsicum California Wonder x4 and Sweet Chocolate x2 HG Seedlings  into bed 5
Capsicum Sweet Paprika x6 and Purple Basil x3 HG Seedlings in Bed 13
Celery purchased seedlings went into the Bathtub Bed and the spare Wicking Bed in the Orchard Area
Cucumber Mini White x4 HG Seedlings  into bed 3
Pumpkin Butternut x6 HG Seedlings  into bed 4
Cucumber Bushy x3, Tomato Yellow Baby Pear x2, Chilli Shake x2, Eggplant Casper x1. Eggplant Long Purple x1 and a couple of Basil Minette plants into Bed 6 all  HG Seedlings 
Zucchini Early HG Seedlings  into bed 8
Comfrey
Horseradish
in the Almond area

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Lots of seedlings planted out in the garden...most have their own protective container!
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Bushy Cucumbers in Bed 6 have a crate to climb up...the Tomatoes either side will be trained to the archway next to the bed.
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The BathTub bed is a mass of production this year with Lettuces, Tomatoes, Onions, Celery and Basil. Around the base the flowers are blooming and attracting beneficial insects.
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenTue, 26 Nov 2013 09:19:00 +0000
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October Growth:
The Tomatoes are off and growing despite the cold mornings we have been having this month.
These Bendigo Drop F6* started the month still in the greenhouse, now they are in their permanent positions and all are bearing flowers!

Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -1.8C
Highest Min 17.4C
Lowest Max 14C
Highest Max 36.3C
13.5 mm Rain Rain: Year To Date: 343.5mm (Average YTD: 269.2mm)
Comparison with other years:
October Average is 29mm:
2013 13.5mm
2012 11mm
2011 26.5mm
2010 57.5mm
2009 58mm
2008 3mm
2007 15.5mmWeather Highlights?
Most of the rain fell on the morning of the first of October since then we have had no more than 1mm on any day!
Taking 2C as the potential frost temperature we have had 10 potentially frosty mornings this month...add on a couple more just above 2C and I have had a lot of covering and uncovering of new seedlings to do this month but so far no frost damage. 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. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Silverbeet, Celery, Coriander, Cress, Gotu Kola, Lettuce, Kale, Parsley, Beetroot  Leaves and Lebanese, Upland and Water-Cress which are not always weighed. 
Asparagus 510g
Beetroot 265g
Broad Beans 1504g
Celery 68g
Garlic 1650g
Kale 250g
Spring Onions 156g
Sugar Snap Peas 330g

Total Veg Harvest for October 4.6Kg
Strawberries 282g


Total Fruit Harvest for October 282gTotal Eggs for October:   62 eggs.
20 From the 1 Farmyard Feral
42 From the 3 Faverolles October of Previous Years:
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
 
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Direct sown Sweetcorn Has been covered on any night that the forecast hints of frost. Seen here on the 1st and 29th of October.
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In Wicking Bed 3 the Red Colossus Tomatoes were an early planting but are growing well beneath their Vege Net cover.To see What is planted Where in the Garden check out the newest Map of our place HERE Come on over to Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!Check out my Pinterest Boards*These Tomatoes are part of the Dwarf Tomato Project to read more about it go here
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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenMon, 11 Nov 2013 17:55:00 +0000
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Springtime means Earwigs in the garden. Just when you are trying to plant out tender young seedlings...they disappear over night if not protected. Trapping the earwigs in tins of water with oil is one way of reducing their numbers when you don't have time to be checking hose traps everyday!

Weather Highlights:
Lowest Min -1.8C
Highest Min 17.4C
Lowest Max 16.4C
Highest Max 36.3C
2.5mm RainI think the numbers above tell the story...frost one day then hot the next...usual for this time of the year.Propagation:
Seeds:
Beans Climbing Snake Black Seeded Vigna unguiculata var. sequipedalis Eden Seeds
Beans Climbing Snake Red Dragon Vigna unguiculata var. sesquipedalis Green Harvest
Beans Dwarf Gourmet Delight Phaseolus vulgaris New Gippsland Seeds
Beans Dwarf Tongues of Fire Phaseolus vulgaris New Gippsland Seeds
Beans Winged Psophocarpus tetragonolobus Green Harvest
Chickpeas White Cicer arietinum Select Organic
Mouse Melon Mexican Sour Gherkin Melothria scabra 4Seasons Seeds
Most of the Beans were direct sown but a back up of 6-8 of each were sown in the greenhouse...just as well since most of the climbers have been eaten by earwigs as they emerge!Potting On/Up:
Cossack Pineapple Physalis pruinosa volunteer seedlingsPlanting out:
Basil Large Leaf Italian
Tomato Roma x 3
Tomato Tommy Toe x 4
Into Bed 7
Tomato Kotlas x 4
Tomato Money Maker x 2
Tomato Black Krim x 2
Into the spare Wicking Bed in the Orchard Area
Pumpkin/Squash mix
Wangaporoa Crown, Sampson, Trombone, Spaghetti Squash, 
Into the Compost (Bed 20)  in the Almond Area Garden
Zucchini Golden x 2
Zucchini Black x 2
Zucchini Cocozelle x 2
Into Bed 10Cuttings:
Rock Rose Pink
Daisy Pink


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When Bed 6 was cleared it was full of earwigs...so the Faverolles came out and cleaned it up! Then I needed to top up the bed with more compost worms since they didn't just eat the earwigs!
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The garden has been full of Hoverflies (Family Syrphidae) this year...here they are visiting the Loganberry FlowersimageWhen started to cut back the Carob tree we found it was covered with pods this year.
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The Strawberries are ripening...yum!

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenThu, 07 Nov 2013 19:34:00 +0000
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Just had this emailed to me and thought I'd share it with folks who live in the Southern Flinders District of South Australia. Looks like it would be great for beginners and you get to keep some worms!!

For more info or to register your interest please contact the organisers on the flyer...
email: hcipo@mtr.sa.gov.au as I am not involved with this.

Worm Workshop Flyer (please click link to view/download as pdf)

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nepeta57@yahoo.com.au (scarecrow)Scarecrow's GardenThu, 31 Oct 2013 11:09:00 +0000