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.
Phoenix Seeds Website
Phoenix Seeds where I have been buying seeds from for around 20 years now has a website!!!
The website has all the information that is available in the catalogue. Especially useful is the Planting Code information for each seed packet...the following is from the website:
"The planting code is composed as follows:
Habit: Annual (A); Biennial (B); Perennial (P)
Sowing procedure: sown direct in the garden (d); sown in beds or trays & transplanted later(t)
Sowing season: spring (sp); summer (su); autumn (au); winter (w); early (e)
(An item in brackets here means that the seed can be sown at this time outdoors in warmer climates or indoors in cooler climates)
Number of seed per packet (or weight in grams(g)). This item is subject to wide variation and is at best an approximation.
Time taken for seed to germinate: short (S) 0-14 days; long (L) 15-25 days; extra long (EL) 26+ days; (EEL) maybe a year or more
Optimum soil temperature for seed germination (in degrees C)
Frost tolerance (FT), Drought tolerance (DT)
Light or Dark required for germination (Light) or (Dark) "
I will continue to email out a pdf copy of the catalogue, as will Phoenix Seeds if required.
Contact Phoenix Seeds for a paper copy.
Last year I emailed 75 copies of the catalogue.