Scarecrow's Garden

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.

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Time to Pick the Pumpkins

Update: March Week 1:
altThe Pumpkin Harvest has begun.

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.9C
Highest Max 24.7C
11.5mm Rain
The weather has been much cooler this week with night temperatures mostly under 12C

Peas Climbing Snow Mammoth Melting Pisum sativum from Mr Fothergill's
Peas Snow Roi de Carouby Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon Home Saved Seed

Potting up/on:
Kale Tuscan Black
Kale Red Bor
Cauliflower Violet Sicillian
Cauliflower Mini
Broccoli Romanesco
Broccoli Green Dome

Seeds Saved:
Parsley Flat and Curled leaved

Next Week To Do:
Sow Carrots - 10th - 13th March in Wicking Boxes
Plant Garlic (plus Elephant Garlic) cloves into Bed 4 and edge beds - 10th - 13th March

I still have some tasks to do from last week - I have been helping Doc in the workshop this week!
Pot on Lettuce and Cabbage seedlings
Prepare Bed 9 for planting Romanesco Cauliflower
Clear Bed 19 -
Plant Kale Red Bor into Bed 19 after topping up with compost and attach netting
Tidy Bed 20 - remove Kale and Celery

Harvest Tally:
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.
Beans Purple King 22g
Beans Runner 28g
Cucumber Suyo Long 368g
Onions Red 255g
Onions Sweet Domenica 319g
Pumpkin Triamble 10340g
Pumpkin Whangaparaoa Crown 16041g
Squash Golden 3500g
Tomato Big Rainbow 328g
Tomato Money Maker 1079g

Apple Cox's Orange Pippin 1432g

Eggs: Total for the week 21
15 From the 5 Farmyard Ferals
0 From the Lone Barnevelder
6 From the 5 Faverolles

altThe pumpkins need to be sun cured for a couple of weeks for better storage. This is only half the pumpkins to be harvested!!!
Often this can be done on a shed roof or concrete path. I have commandeered Doc's old bread rack to store the pumpkins in...he even said I could move the whole rack (it's on wheels) into his workshop if the weather changes!! Doc loves his pumpkins...

altPeas have been sown into loo rolls sitting in simple baskets to allow air circulation. As soon as the roots reach the bottom of the rolls the seedlings will be planted into Wicking Beds with all the cardboard below ground level. The cardboard must be covered when planted out to prevent water being "wicked" to the surface where it will be evaporated.
Meanwhile old fridge racks are placed over the baskets to prevent the birds stealing the emerging seedlings!

altAs suspected the rain has triggered
a million weeds into germination!

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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I live in a rural township in the dry Mid North of South Australia on three town blocks giving us a total of half an acre.

In my mid fifties, I enjoy a simple lifestyle and growing our own food is a large part of that lifestyle.

Our 2 children have moved from home to live their own lives and we now enjoy watching our grand children grow.