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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First Ever Giveaway

The October issue of Gardening Australia is once again full of interesting articles. Lots of tips and more from the great Vegetable Growing guide from Jerry Colbey-Williams.

This month Maggie Beer has a super special on one of my favourite veggies - Silverbeet. I have always grown this vegetable no matter where we have lived. Of course Maggie has included how to use Silverbeet in the kitchen...I'll have to share this information at the Community Garden where the Silverbeet has really taken off.

Millie Ross is busy out in the garden again this time growing a Playhouse for the Kids. A Bean Teepee that sounds like great fun!

This month's Gardening Diary is packed full of seasonal tips. Like what to plant now in your region, new plants on the market and even how to make your own (safe) wetting agent at home.

Then there is the important issue of Food Security. A thought provoking article about just where our food is coming from and includes the grim statistic that shows Australians waste 7.5 million tonnes of food each year.

Thanks to the people at Morey Media, who do the PR for Gardening Australia, for sending me a freebie copy of this latest magazine so that I could review it here for you.

Magazine Giveaway!!!

This time I'm allowed to give away a copy of the October Gardening Australia magazine to one of my blog readers!

As long as you live in Australia (sorry) you can go in the draw!

For a chance to have a free copy of the October Gardening Australia Magazine sent to you just leave a comment below and I'll put all your names in a hat and get Doc to draw a winner at noon on Saturday 1st Oct 2011 so be sure to come back and check if you have been the lucky winner.

Check out the Gardening Australia website here

Or if you are into it (facebook that is) join in the fun on their Facebook Page here

This Giveaway has now ended...see this link for the winner!
Thanks everyone for entering!
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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.