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I've beaten the fruit fly - YES!!

Just look at this - I am so happy I want to cry :)  After 3 years of having my crops ruined by fruit fly (and my ineffective attempts at netting) it was worth the effort.  My tree is absolutely loaded with nectarines and peaches - Nectarines are ripening, peaches look like they'll be a bit longer.   They are quite small and the trees branches are just laden and touching the ground.  Next year I will be game enough to strip some fruit and get bigger fruit.  My daughters and I ate 8 before taking this and there is at least another 50 nectarine (more peaches) fruit on the tree. 

One problem I noticed though is that the peach graft has got mites.  I've read up about it and the conditions are perfect for them so I have some eco-oil that I'll go out and spray with this arvo.

This photo shows how laden the branches are.

My grapes are filling out nicely.  I have four clusters this size on a vine I only planted end of last year. 

Lychees are looking promising.  You can see all the little fruit buds forming.  There are still some flowers but I'll be happy if what is there develops into fruit.  This was after their severe cutback at the end of last year due to scale. 

And my mango tree is just perfect.  I think this is its 3rd or 4th year in the ground.  It seems to have doubled in size this year and I have so many fruit forming.  I only got three fruit last year but it looks like I may get as many as 20 this year!!

My poor little panama berry was very neglected.  With this dry weather, I wasn't watering it and it had started to die back.  I started using the rinse cycle of the washing machine last month to water the mango, lychees and panama berry as well as the grass in the back yard.  It has now rewarded me with some flowers.  We will see if these develop into berries.

Other fruiting news - my boysenberry/loganberry (can't remember) is starting to ripen its fruit and I'm getting a couple of blueberries every day.  I just went and bought 2 new raspberries (heritage) today as the ones I had in wicking barrels died.  The chooks kept jumping up and destroying them and they just never recovered.  I'm caging these ones.

Lets have a look at the wicking beds now.  I have a lettuce forest!! I bought this lettuce mix and I really liked two of the varieties so have let the plants go to seed.  They are in a 45 cm high bed but are towering over me at the moment ( I am 1.73 m tall)  I'm getting ready to harvest the seeds soon so I will be redoing the bed ready for its next crop - am thinking corn.  My rattlesnake beans are DELICIOUS!! The other beans I planted were not sweet - these are great.  Some capsicums ripening (those that aren't getting consumed by wood cockaroaches - see Lissa's photo).  Daily cucumbers that are perfect!

And finally, my sweet potato crop.  Out of about 1/2 square meter of wicking beds.  Not too bad I think :)  I gave the dodgy ones and the small ones to the chooks.

Well that's it for now. I'll keep you updated on the fruit harvest and see if my predictions are correct.  I keep hoping for rain - my water bill is going to be astronomical this time round. 

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Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on November 11, 2014 at 4:30

Keep posting, it keeps me motivated when I see what others are doing in their garden - just wish I had a green thumb like others on this site.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 10, 2014 at 22:54

Feel free to keep boring me with your produce shots - it keeps me inspired to work a bit harder. 

Comment by Susan on November 10, 2014 at 19:57

Thanks Cheryl. :)  I love sharing it with people who love to garden... None of my friends or family are interested which is why I bore you lot with my blogs and produce pictures :)  We will see if I get a decent fruit harvest off the lychee and mango this year.  Panama berry still has not set any fruit but I have tonnes of flowers on it now its getting washing machine water.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on November 3, 2014 at 18:45

I love your garden, so productive.  I have a low chill nectarine and thought I was going to get some fruit but the possums got in before I got around to netting it.  I think I will still net and see if some more flowers come on the tree.   Very envious of your beautiful garden.

Comment by Lissa on November 3, 2014 at 17:26

When I came home today, opened a cider and went outside to eat some fresh nectarines off the tree, I found about a dozen big fat fresh female fruit fly inside the net. All squashed. Wondering if they came into contact with a male or if it even makes any difference to them stinging my fruit.

Comment by Susan on November 3, 2014 at 16:55

Hi Florence.  They look great but have to be netted, so you don't get to experience the full delight.  Andrew - I didn't think I'd get anything much in the bed but was pleasantly surprised.  Lissa - I've learnt so much from you and your blogs that I'm glad I could reciprocate something :)  Tracey,  I've never really worried about capsicums.  To be honest, I don't like them that much so the odd one that makes it through without damage gets eaten.  The toms - I only grow cherry types which don't suffer at all.  Thanks for the offer Rob - I'll see if I can keep this lot alive and then may hit you up for some.

Comment by Florence on November 3, 2014 at 16:28

Aww, the nectarine tree is so pretty with its red fruits!  I want a nectarine tree~~

@Lissa, I didn't know cockroaches eat seedlings >__<"

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 2, 2014 at 19:30

I'm mega impressed.  Neither of my grapes are looking like producing. I do have a few (like 3) lemons.  LOL. Jeez.   I've decided to wait a while to raid the tuber wicking bed.  I hope the impressive top growth is match by tubers, but I suspect the dirt was too rich for that to happen. 

Comment by Lissa on November 2, 2014 at 15:31

Wonderful Susan! I've just been out at my Nectarine tree eating sweet warm fruit. Delicious. I need another low chill stone fruit! The net over the tree stopped most of the pests by the looks. Thanks for the suggestion.

My toms are a disaster already despite the bed being netted. Everything goes in the bin. The cockroach ate all the cucumber seedlings so will have to start again. Will try to wait until the roach have gone through some of their life cycle and moved on. No berries as yet. Not even a flower.

Comment by Tracy Arnold on November 2, 2014 at 9:53

fabulous Susan!  I'm almost at the point of just giving up the battle with fruit flies.  Do they not get your capsicums and tomatoes too?  I've been bagging the tomatoes but the crows have been pecking holes in the bags and through the fruit which is ruining them anyway.  Whinge whinge whinge..   

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