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 Zucchini, First Tomatoes.

November 2011 Week 2:

It's great having Lavender
growing under the clothes line...
...but it needs to be kept pruned
so we can hang the clothes out!!!

Weather highlights:
Cooler, calmer days after the storms time to get out and plant and weed...before the next lot of weeds grow up.
By the weekend the temperature was 35C with strong, hot northerly winds blowing...more heat is forecast so it's time to get the shadecloth up.

Propagation:Seeds:
Cucumber Cucumis sativus -
Bushy The Lost Seed
Italian Non Acid Cornucopia Seeds
Suyo Long The Lost Seed
Direct sown Squash Acorn Table Queen in bed 3 MVG
Beans Dwarf Tongues of Fire in Bed 7 MVG Replacing some the slugs ate!
Beans Runner Scarlet Emperor into Bed 9 MVG additional to the seedlings as they are not growing well.

Seedlings potted up from seeds sown 29/10/11:
Amaranth Leaf
Basil Purple
Basil Large Sweet Italian
Black Cumin
Borage
Californian Poppy
Coriander
Lettuce Gloria
Lettuce Goldrush
Phacelia
Sorrel Garden

Potting on Plants/Cuttings:
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Thyme Pizza Thymus nummularius
Thyme Silver Posy Thymus vulgaris argenteus
Blue Ginger Alpinia caerulea
Ginger Zingiber officinale

Planting out:

Tamarillo Tree Cyphomandra betacea

Planted into the Old Chook Run Garden:
Washington Naval Orange Tree
Tamarillo Tree (Tree Tomato) Cyphomandra betacea

Squash Acorn Table Queen x 2 seedlings from seeds 29/08/11 planted into MVG Bed 3
Tansy cuttings into the edge beds in MVG (Main Vegetable Garden)
Gourd Large Mixed Seedlings from seed sown 28/08/11 planted into Bed 7 MVG

It sure feels like summer is here already!!

With day time temperatures rising
the cherries are starting to colour up
so it's time to get a net over them to keep the birds off.

Some of the large Tomatoes are flowering
Ida Gold are ripening and first ones have been picked!

First Rondo De Nice Zucchini weighed in at 330g!

Grapes are flowering
and we are winning the battle with
the Grapevine Moth caterpillar Phalaenoides glycinae
by picking them off daily.

After the rain the Faverolles enjoyed
a dustbath in the cool soil.
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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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