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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Italian Parsley Pot

altKitchen Garden Pot - Italian Parsley
The next item in my box of goodies from Mr Fothergill's was a Kitchen Garden Pot of Italian Parsley.

These pots are designed for growing on windowsills and each is a complete kit that contains all (including soil) you will need to grow tasty Italian Parsley all year round on your sunny kitchen windowsill.

Parsley is so useful in cooking you should never be without a fresh supply!

altYou simply open the lid, take out the seed packet (and the card in the lid) and locate the two compressed growing blocks.
Place the blocks on top of each other with the larger on on the bottom.
Then fill the pot with 275ml of warm water.
The blocks quickly expand to almost fill the pot.
Sow the seeds on the top of the soil mix and cover them lightly.
Put the clear lid back on and leave the pot in a cool airy spot.
Check it ever so often to make sure the soil mix is moist...I didn't need to water mine until after the seeds had germinated and I had removed the lid.

altThe seeds were up in 10 days which I think is very fast for parsley seeds that are usually very slow to germinate! I will remove a few of the seedlings for planting out in the garden and leave just 2-3 seedlings in the pot.

There are more of these Kitchen Garden Pots including herbs Basil, Chives and Coriander (for leaf), some fruiting veg Tomato Florida Basket, Chilli Jalapeno and even Strawberry Temptation! These are a great alternative for people with little garden space.

Once again I would be interested to hear if anyone else has tried these little pots and how you went. Either leave a comment below or feel free to Email Me.

Still more from the box of goodies soon...

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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.