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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Flower Salads???

Update Nov 2011 Week 4:

Hollyhock flowers - this seems to be the colour that likes growing in my matter which seeds I actually plant!!
Did you know that Hollyhock flowers are edible??
I haven't tasted them yet but they are said to be bland.
This link has a list of edible flowers that would brighten up a salad.

Weather highlights:
We started the week in jumpers and trackpants, we had windy, cool weather (Friday's temp crawled to 16C with rain!) we ended this week with temps predicted up to 35C with horrible north winds!!

Alyssum Gold Dust Aurinia saxatilis Goodman Seeds
Basil Lemon Mrs. Burns Ocimum basilicum/americanum The Lost Seed
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana Brassica rapa var. chinensis Green Harvest
Celery Tendercrisp Apium graveolens var. dulce The Lost Seed
Cosmos Yellow Cosmos bipinnatus Home Saved Seed
Lettuce Butternut Lactuca sativa Home Saved Seeds
Miners Lettuce Montia perfoliata Phoenix Seeds
Mitsuba Cryptotaenia japonica 4 Seasons Seeds
Parcel Apium graveolens var. Secalinum - Home Saved Seeds
Salvia Blaze of Fire Salvia splendens Mr Fothergill's Seeds
ScuplitSilene inflata The Italian Gardener
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed Beta vulgaris 4 Seasons Seeds
Vietnamese BalmElsholtzia ciliata Green Harvest

Potting on/up:
Basil All Seasons cuttings
Celery Tendercrisp I'm sowing seeds of celery each month to see when they grow best!
Cucumber Suyo Long and Bushy
Broad Leaf Guinea Flower Hibbertia obtusifolia
Sage PineappleSalvia elegans syn S. rutilans
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum

Double Pink Marguerite Daisy Argyranthemum sp
Sage Pineapple Salvia elegans syn S. rutilans

Planting out:
The last of the Large Mixed Gourd seedlings as I have now removed all the Broad Beans growing in Bed 7
Basil All Seasons cuttings into Bed 3 and Bed4/5 edge planting

First female flowers on the Whangapapaoa Crown Pumpkins
have been hand pollinated. See how on this link.

These Yellow Scallop Squash are looking yummy.
We only have fruit on one of the Apricot trees this year and they are showing signs of rain and hail damage but they are getting bigger and slowly beginning to colour up...

The Tigger Melons in Bed 6 are being trained up the wire cage that supported the tomatoes last year. A couple of volunteer squash/pumpkins have popped up out of the compost (?) and will be encouraged to grow outside of the cage...they are free to sprawl over the sides of the bed if they so desire...

This Golden Coreopsis was planted in the edge bed of Beds4/5
to encourage bees to go in under the shade
to pollinate the zucchini and melons growing in the beds!

While we are still picking Loganberries
and watching the Black Mulberries slowly ripen
the Thornless Blackberries are flowering
ready for fruiting later in the season!!
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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.