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Nope - still room for more fruit trees.

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've also got my first squash developing and my sweet potato wicking barrel is really taking off.

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.

The lychees have been wonderful.  I think we have harvested about 5 kg from 2 small trees.  The passionfruit is still going strong - about 1 every 2 days at the moment and are quite delicious.

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!!!!

Well that's it from me for a while.  Hope you enjoyed my garden and are having fun in your own gardens.

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Comment by Susan on January 24, 2015 at 21:17

Thanks, Cheryl and Dianne.  Cheryl, like I said today, I have no idea what variety my lychees are but I'll try to take some cuttings and bring to next visit.    With the potting mix, I just use a mixture of the searls 5 in 1 and ordinary potting mix, though this time, because the tree was a multigraft and in a bad way, I bought citrus potting mix for it.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 23, 2015 at 13:26

How wonderful, what a beautiful lot of Fruit Trees and Vegies you have growing. Oh to grow beautiful Corn, Pumpkins and Melons of any type. Your photos are great.

What are you growing your potted Fruit Trees in and do you make up a mix yourself?

I did have some Tropical Apples on for the first time this year but the Possum decided to have a midnight feast with her babies. Luckily the babies have gone elsewhere to live now so next year I will make sure I cover them.

Thanks for the Inspiration, I will try to find a spot for pumpkins.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on January 23, 2015 at 12:22

Susan, I am sooooo jealous, everything looks fantastic.  Have given up on pumpkins, they don't want to grow in my yard - figure I just don't get enough sun or air circulation for them.  Love lychees and would love to get one for a pot - are there different varieties and if so what one do you have?

Comment by Susan on January 22, 2015 at 19:25

:) Elaine, the Kiwiberry is the small, hairless kiwifruit - a bit larger than a big grape but otherwise exactly like a kiwifruit.  Hi Stacey, my pumpkin had died back in November of bad powdery mildew - or so I thought :) It started coming back to life once we started getting hotter and all the rain and now is just flourishing.  I've got a theory that they need to be at least 4 months old and growing like crazy before they start setting fruit because every year, it's when I get the sh*ts with it at about the 3 mth mark and think I should pull it out but don't because I'm too lazy and let it stay that it finally starts producing fruit.  Lychees were wonderful.  And Lissa - LOL - "puppy dog eyes" - I so get it.  :)

Comment by Lissa on January 22, 2015 at 5:11

Oh - and I would agree there is always room for more fruit trees!

I was going through the new Bunnings nursery section earlier this week, just looking - you know - not buying, when I saw this beautiful little Black Genoa Fig sitting there all covered in small fruit. It looked at me with it's puppy dog eyes and I was a goner. Now lives in my front yard.

Comment by Lissa on January 22, 2015 at 5:07

Wonderful abundance Susan! :) Gorgeous.

Wish my Lychee would produce like that. It did when it was little - kgs of fruit, but that was in the olden days. Do you know which variety you have?

When it comes to the pumpkin vines I just let them do their own thing now. Going out and fertilising didn't achieve anything. If they want to produce they will do so in their own good time.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 21, 2015 at 22:29

Huh.  Thanks Elaine. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 21, 2015 at 21:25

Any Pumpkins which are in the wrong place, or don't set fruit or grow too late in the season, can be used for tips. Take the young tips back to the 1st leaf. De-string with a knife starting at the cut end. Chop up and steam/stir fry for a delicious Pumpkin hit. The Pumpkin you are having when you are not having Pumpkins.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 21, 2015 at 20:41

Seems to have been a good year for corn. I'm trying to sneak in a second crop.  My pumpkin is refusing to set fruit as well.  However, I did buy a tiny pomegranate tree. I'll build another planter box for it.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 21, 2015 at 20:34

Too many fruit trees? Whoever heard of such a thing? ;-)

It's tough to trash perfectly good fruit, but Daley's advice is to remove any fruit and cut back by one-third to get new plants to establish quickly.

Kiwiberry - is that a version of Kiwi Fruit or another plant altogether?

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