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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Full Moon and Apricots

December Week 2:

The full moon last weekend coincided with a lunar eclipse but that happened too late for this Scarecrow to be out taking photos!!

Weather:
The week began with a couple of days of light drizzle that didn't amount to much rain in the gauge but did seem to settle the dust!
Day temperatures haven't gone much above 25C. It has been a rather pleasant week weather wise although not warm enough for ripening tomatoes or encouraging growth of the watermelon plants!

Propagation:Seeds:
Beans Climbing Purple King in the Old Chook Run garden
Radish Colorati Raphanus sativus (mixed colours) from The Italian Gardener
Beetroot Chioggia Beta vulgaris from Eden Seeds
These seeds were planted in a Wicking Box on the front verandah
Turmeric Curcuma domestica syn Curcuma longa rhizomes in a pot.

Potting on/up:
Sea Kale Crambe maritima

Planting out:

Melons and cucumbers planted to grow on a homemade trellis.
Cucumber Suyo Long
Melon Early Hanover
Melon Tigger
Summer Savory
Amaranth
Sorrel Garden
in the Old Chook Run in-ground garden beds

Lettuce Goldrush
Leaf Amaranth
Beetroot Golden Detroit and Bulls Blood
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana
In the Greens Wicking Tank to replace bolting greens (see where here)

Lettuce Goldrush
Cabbage Tokyo Bekana
These were planted in a Wicking Box on the front verandah

Cuttings:
Sweet Potato White
Lavender

The White Sweet Potato is sprouting up again
so I have carefully removed and potted up
some of the 'slips' for planting elsewhere.

Barnie the last Barnevelder
seems happy to be by herself.
I let her out to forage each day
and she is well behaved
especially with the Black Ninja on patrol...(ish)
The Tongues of Fire Dwarf Beans
are beginning to produce tiny beans
that colour up as they get bigger!

I have been harvesting Apricots this week
making yummy jam, drying some
and eating some (not too many at once though)
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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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