Hi everyone. Well the holidays have been lovely - hot, but lovely. I'm back at work today but am determined to keep my garden going in this hot weather. While on holidays, I have been researching fruit trees and found some more I just had to try. I picked up a jiro persimmon (with fruit on it - yay) and a 1.3 m high grumichama (yay again as they are supposed to be slow growing and hopefully mine is old enough to produce fruit.I have also had my order from diggers arrive which included Kiwiberry - issaai -> it is a self-polinating variety that will hopefully fruit in brisbane and my 5 chilean guava plants. My plan is to grow them all in pots for a couple of years as they are very small. Also from diggers, I bought an exclusion net and figo connectors. I have made my first netted bed to protect my Kaalian broccoli from those horrid caterpillars. Already they have been having a good munch even though they only had 4 leaves.
Speaking of garden beds, my husband managed to harvest 1/2 the mature corn (approx 1/3 of a bed) and it was great! Nothing like my earlier disappointing small stuff. That neutraorg fertiliser seems to be doing the trick. Only 1 damaged by corn borer too so squeezing the tips seems to work.
I also have a pumpkin forest again. The only thing that was keeping me from pulling it out was that it was protecting my blueberries from the harsh afternoon sun. None of the female flowers were setting despite me hand pollinating BUT today, I found two pumpkins and there are plenty more female flowers so hopefully will get a few more.I finally got round to ripping out my multi-grafted citrus. It was beside the compost heap and I think it had too much nitrogen - lush growth, all fruit dropped. It had a really bad case of scale as well so it is now in a pot. Hopefully it will recover nicely and I will (finally!) get some limes.
And finally, this beautiful tree was spotted by my daughters while we were in Mackay Queenspark garden and they decided it looked just like a fairy tree. I totally agreed - just gorgeous flowers on the the trunk and looked like they were woven around like a fairies garland. I found out it is the cannon ball tree and was so tempted to get one until I found out they grow to ...... 35 meters!!!!
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