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.
Slow June in the Garden...Totals
Scarecrow's Garden Journal Notes:
A trial planting of the bottom ends of some shop bought Spring Onions - they have sprouted new leaves for use!
Like most of the garden the Snow Peas and Lettuce bed (Bed7) is covered in an attempt to lessen frost damage.
Small Broccoli shoots are developing.
And the Strawberry Tank (Tank Bed e) has been cleared, topped up with compost and re-planted.
It's June and things are quiet in the garden...
Temperatures this month:
Lowest Min -5.1C
Highest Min 10.2C
Lowest Max 8.3C
Highest Max 12.6C
There were 16 days with the chance of frost in June including the lowest -5.1C.
Winter is a time of planning for Spring, best done sitting by the fire!
Broad (or Fava) Beans Early Long Pod into Loo Rolls in the hothouse.
Pansy (purchased seedlings)
Spring Onions from bought spring onions
Black Cumin seedlings into an edge bed in the Main Vegetable Garden
Strawberry runners (Home grown) into Tank Bed e in the Main Vegetable Garden
Transplanted the Jostaberry from a Tank bed into an edge bed in the Main Vegetable Garden
Dianella revoluta and then potted up
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, Parcel, Parsley and Beetroot Leaves which are not always weighed. The winter harvest is much lower than other months but we are eating out of our stored food supply.
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Jerusalem Artichoke 154g
Lettuce Mixed 365g
Mushroom Portabello 35g
Onion Mixed 615g from storage
Peas Snow Roi De Carouby245g
Yacon 220g go here for more info on Yacon
Total Veg Harvest for June 1.7Kgs
Total Fruit Harvest for June 10.6Kgs
Total Eggs for June 41 eggs:
38 from the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 from the lone Barnevelder
3 from the 4 Faverolles
There were a lot of hungry caterpillars and rainbows at the Grandtwins Second Birthday Party...even little MicroMan got into the party spirit!
June of Previous Years:
I have also updated the Sowing Dates page to reflect the start of Spring planting which begins soon!
To see how the various Garden areas fit on our half acre block check out the newest Map of our place HERE
We ended the month by being granted and extra second!!! see here Did you notice?