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Almost Autumn - supposedly a cyclone but still dry!

Hi Everyone,

Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain?  I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Not happy!

Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote.  Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen.  It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off.  This one has been sitting on there for almost 1 year.  I was determined not to pick this one too early (like I had my previous one) and the other one on my neighbours side of the fence dropped off and rotted on the ground before anyone realised so you can imagine my anxiousness that this one be coddled until it was JUST right. After a week on the bench, it looked like this:

When I cut it open, it looked like this.  Not a bad fruit but I've been watching you tube and I probably should have left it another day so that the edible flesh was glossy and black.  Next time :)  Now don't believe what you hear.  It does NOT taste like chocolate pudding but it's texture is similar and I've found recipes that make it into a mousse (with the addition of cocoa powder for the chocolate hit) which I imagine would be a passable yet much healthier substitute.  I've got a whole bunch of medium sized ones which I'll probs have to wait for next year on which I will try this recipe. 

Christa and Ian, I think it was you who I got the adriatic fig plant from one of the recent garden visits.  I finally planted it in the ground and it seems to be doing fine (picture below).  My other fig out the front has given me two ripe fruit so far this year with about 10 more on it.  Not bad considering it really has only been in ground about 1.5 years. 

I also got round to planting my purchased tayberry and blackberry from Diggers when I went to Melbourne.  We are probably too warm here but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Most of the tropical fruit is coming to an end.  We have had a nice lot of pomegranates, mangoes, dragon fruit and melons this year.  Fortunately, the citrus are about to start.  Here are the two extremes of my 5 mandarine varieties.   The Mihowase satsumsa is the earliest of my mandies and you can see they are nice and plump and are starting to blush with colour.   According to Daleys - this should be ready in April but I do believe I'll be eating mandarines in March :)  The right is my Afourer mandarine which should be August harvest (possibly july for us).  They are much smaller (I don't think I snipped the photo's accurately to see the size difference) and dead green still.   This is the first year that I have mandarines on each variety ( except the green pigeon) so I'll finally be able to see how they really spread the harvest out.  I'll keep you all updated. 

Unfortunately, I was pretty slack pollinating the custard apple this year - my other Autumn/winter fruit - and I have only had 3 fruit set.  Here is the biggest and it will probably be ready mid April. 

As usual, i don't keep up with the watering in the absolute worst of summer.  Fortunately for me, My mum comes down end January every year to help me with the kids and takes over my garden watering.  I had a persimmon and fingerlime that she rescued BACK FROM THE DEAD!!!  The top is dead (ignore the supposed green - passionfruit tendril) and focus on the new shoots just above the graft.  Same thing happened with my fingerlime. 

Well that's it from me folks.  I'm going to focus on prepping my beds for brassica's and root crops as it (hopefully) gets cooler. 

Happy gardening

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 22, 2019 at 22:20

Tromboncino featured in tonight's Gardening Australia. Is that a little brown frog in the foreground of the Fig pic?

Oma turned out to be not much of a grandmother for we gardeners :-(

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 22, 2019 at 22:04

Oma buggered off out to sea again.  I don't think we'll get much water.  Unfortunately, I used all my tank water in expectation of a refill from the expected deluge.  Damn it!  I still have quite a bit of citrus on - lemonades, lemons, mandarin, and oranges.  I've had little luck with any of my berries (mulberry, blueberry or loganberry).  Oh, and one of your trombonchinos has done very well for me this season.  

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