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.
July 2012 Totals
Scarecrow's Garden July 2012 Journal Notes:
Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -3.7C
Highest Min 7.2C
Lowest Max 8.1C
Highest Max 16C
With 11 frost days this month and days ever so slowly lengthening there are signs of new growth around the garden. The sun, when it shines, has more warmth in it now, the Faverolles are all laying again and it seems spring is just around the corner. The first Spring seeds have been sown into the warmth of the propagation tray and garden planning for Spring planting is just about complete.
Basil Ocimum basilicum
Genovese from DT Brown *
Lettuce Leaf from Cornucopia Seeds *
Mrs Burns Lemon from The Lost Seed *
Basil Sweet Genovese from Mr Fothergill's Seed Mat *Link to post about these
Purple Ocimum basilicum cy purpurascens from Phoenix Seeds *
Capsicum California Wonder Capsicum annuum from New Gippsland Seeds *
Celery Dorata D'Asti Apium graveolens var. dulce from Digger's
Celery Tendercrisp Apium graveolens var. dulce from The Lost Seed
Cress - American Upland Barbarea vulgaris from Cornucopia Seeds
Egyptian Spinach Corchorus olitorius from Cornucopia Seeds *
Golden Purslane Portulaca oleracea from Cornucopia Seeds *
Leaf Amaranth Amaranthus gangeticus from Eden Seeds *
Leaf Amaranth Mekong Red Amaranthus gangeticus from The Lost Seed *
Leek Elephant Allium ampeloprasum from Digger's
Leek Musselburg Allium ampeloprasum from The Lost Seed
Lettuce Canasta Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Lettuce Darwin Lactuca sativa from The Lost Seed
Mountain Spinach - Yellow Orach Atriplex hortensis from Cornucopia Seeds *
Scuplit Silene inflata from The Italian Gardener
Tomato Lycopersicon esculentum
Black Russian from The Lost Seed *
Golden Sunrise from Phoenix Seeds *
Ida Gold Home saved seeds *
Oregon Spring from Inspirations Seeds *
Oxheart Red from The Lost Seed *
Roma from Inspirations Seeds *
Rumsey's Cross from Select Organic*
Red Colossus from Select Organic*
Cat's Paw Anigozanthos humilis from Mr Fothergill's Australia's Wildflowers *
Seeds marked * have been planted into punnets of seed raising mix or Jiffy® pots and placed in or very close to the heated propagating unit housed in the old caravan.
Other seeds have peen sown into punnets orJiffy® pots wrapped loosely in plastic near a window (but out of reach of the sun) in the old caravan.
Larkspur Delphinium consolida volunteers from a pathway
Evening Primrose Pink Oenothera speciosa that had invaded a bed
Dusty Miller Centaurea gymnocarpa
Seedlings Planted Out:
Broad Beans Early Long Pod into the topped up Mound Bed in the Old Chook Run Garden
Onions Brown (purchased seedlings) into Bed 17 in the Old Chook Run Garden
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making. For Salads, Juice and Stirfries I have been picking Lettuce, Watercress, Lebanese Watercress, Kale, Silverbeet, Gotu Kola, Parcel, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we still don't have to buy much as we continue to eat out of our stored food supply.
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Jerusalem Artichokes 245g
Total Eggs for July 49 eggs:
23 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
26 From the 4 Faverolles
The first blossom...on the Almond trees
In the Water Garden Shadehouse: Watercress and Lebanese Watercress
are providing greens for salads.