It's time to start enjoying your fruit trees. Has anyone had fruit from their jaboticaba this season? We crrept out into the garden yesterday, in the rain, and harvested 3 kg of the biggest Jaboticabas we've ever had from the tree grape. I put it down to some seriously good rain and a prune, plus a good dose of organic fertiliser a few months back and some Stimulate around the roots to encourage beneficial bacteria and fungi.
The finger Lime Robs Red is also producing a crop of lovely little fruits, even as a baby itself. Just 2 years old... No way will I remove them. Nature will do it for me if the plant is too youg to carry the harvest. (Do I hear an ex midwife speaking?)
I've got some great fruit tree workshops starting at Mt Cootha this weekend 13 October if you'd like to come along and share info while learning a heap about what and where to plant, how big will they grow and what's right for your garden. I'm also doing a special on citrus careas part of the series or as a one off if you'd like to come along. Citrus woudl have to be the fruits that most pepople have questions about. We'll get it all sorted anyway, with a few laughs, some great organic food and lots of hands-on practice.
If you'd like to join in the workshops, give me a call 3349 2962 or email is ok too. firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, have you noticed there are very few citrus stink bugs around this year and even fewer leaf miners? As usual a lot of it is probably climatic in origin. Touch wood, last time I said that about slugs and snails, I started being over-run with them.