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.
September First Week
the Pears are beginning to flower
and the Loganberries are close behind!
The frosts may mean no Apricots again this year
but we hope for a few.
After needing sunscreen at the Sunday Markets we were plunged back into winter yet again. Windy, freezing weather followed, with a morning frost of -3.9C on Wednesday and a hailstorm on Thursday!!
As if that wasn't enough the earth beneath our feet has been quietly rumbling away...since Sunday nights 4.1 magnitude Earthquake (just a little a tremor really, I know). Not many houses up this way to sustain much damage but it leaves you with an uneasy feeling...will the next tremor lead to a stronger quake???
Beetroot Bulls Blood from New Gippsland Seeds
Beetroot Golden Detroit from 4 Seasons Seeds
Radish French Breakfast from DT Brown
Radish Saxa 2 from Mr Fothergill's Organic Seeds
The Ginger from Green Harvest was divided up, put into pots of sandy mix and now sits in the heated propagation unit.
Around the Garden this Week:
and so far are safe in their newly build bed...
...the earwigs haven't found them yet.
with the warmer day temperatures.
The Comfrey and Rhubarb I planted have sprouted leaves. They are living in an old leaky pond that I have turned into a Wicking Bed. So far this is surviving on rainfall alone but it may be subject to occasional flooding during heavy downpours.
and taken back into the hothouse overnight!