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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Web News Dec 2011

Things I have found interesting around the web this month.

You may have caught some of these on the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook Page and if you have I apologize for the double up!

Check out these great "Hay Creations" on this link

Costa Geordiadis of SBS's Costa's Garden Odyssey is all set to take over as the host of Gardening Australia. He should liven up the show!!! Read more about it here

Over at Organic Gardener Magazine website they reckon summer is the perfect time to get the Compost cooking!!! With the rainstorms we are getting maybe this is a good idea. See Here

While still at the ABC check out the Top Environment Stories of 2011 by Sarah Phillips Here

From Mother Earth News All About Growing Celery See Here

And from my Blog list...
Foodnstuff is celebrating the arrival of the first egg from the Barnevelders!!! Check out the post Here

Now for some videos...

A clever Chicken Tunnel system that I might have to investigate further for next spring so the girls can clean up the earwigs at garden bed level...I might have to top up the worms in the beds after though...

How about building a Mandala Garden like Geoff Lawton looks at in this video

For using up some of the harvest from the garden...
Here are is a video with ideas on using up a few of the never ending supply of Zucchinis. From The Garden Guru Phil Dudman

How about this sweet dish using SilverBeet (Chard) of all things from Gill at River Cottage

I finally updated my Garden Photo Blog with some Christmas pix Here
And don't forget to come on over to the Scarecrow's Garden Facebook page and say Hi!

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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.

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