It is the time of abundance. I am getting WAY too many trombonccinos, eggplants, cucumbers, beans and eggs at the moment so every Friday lately, I am taking in a basket load of goodies for people in my school to grab. It means I am keeping on top of the harvests and not letting things go to waste which I absolutely hate.
I've started harvesting peaches but my poor tree is almost laying on the ground it is that overladen with fruit.
The problem is, I got bored with thinning the fruit and now I'm suffering for it. So many little peaches and not as many quality sized ones that I could have had if I had not been lazy. In the picture below, you can see the difference between one that has grown on a thinned limb and one that has not.
I'm getting ready to do my first batch of peach preserves. I was hoping to do the whole tree today but there is lots of variability in ripeness so I'll do a small batch today and then another batch in a week. Apples have set and I will need to get the net off the peaches and onto the apples soon if I want a harvest. This year I really MUST cut both the apple and peach back severely
I was wandering out to the back and noticed my raspberry had started to get new flowers again so I stopped to have a gander at it and then LOOK what was hiding from me!! 4 little macadamia nuts that I had no idea were on there. YAY!! first nuts!! Dwarf macadamia from Daley's planted in 2014, max height should only get to 2 m.
In other fruiting news, I definitely have a couple of pomegranites bulbing up, custard apple loaded with flowers, passionfruit coming back on and black sapote flowers in various stages of opening (no fruit that I could see yet.)
Onto the vegies now. Well, you know you've left carrots in too long when you get a flower spike :) So many carrots had to be thrown in compost because they had split from being in the ground too long. Oh well, still got a decent harvest.
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