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.
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!
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