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.
Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes:
Lowest Min -3C
Highest Min 13.1C
Lowest Max 7.9C
Highest Max 27.4C
9 mm Rain
Green Manure mix - Vetch Woolly Pod/Crown; Oats; Peas; Broad Beans; Barley into Bed 6
Onion (Red) Tropea Rossa Lunga The Italian Gardener
Onion (White) Stuttgart The Lost Seed
Onion (White) Tonda Musona The Italian Gardener
Onion Red Rossa DT Brown
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield into Bed 13
Cabbage Verona Purple Savoy into Bed 13
Cauliflower Violet Sicillian into Bed 12
Onions Red Rossa into Bed 1
Onions Tropea Rossa Lunga into Bed 1
Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes douglasii around Bed 5
Silverbeet Rainbow Mixed/White Silver into Bed 13
Sorrel Garden in Kitchen Garden
Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius
Lime Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lime Fizz'
Harvest Tally for May:
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 Kale, Silverbeet, Mushroom Plant, Gotu Kola, Parsley, Basil, Nasturtium leaves and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed.
Beans Butter 147g
Beetroot Bull's Blood 669g
Celery Tendercrisp 70g
Jerusalem Artichoke 456g
Kale Mixed 473g
Lettuce Mixed 370g
Mushroom Portebello 95g
Onion Red 316g
Onion Stuttgart 803g
Onion Domenica Sweet 360g
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby 359g
Pumpkin JAP 11332g
Rapini Cima Di Rapa 65g (didn't like this so the rest went to chooks)
Total Veg Harvest for May 47.5Kgs
Apples Golden Delicious 6552g
Apple Pink Lady 163g
Total Fruit Harvest for May 6.7Kgs
To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Planting Plan for Autumn HERE This is updated as planting occurs.
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