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 Jackfruit, looks as though I should pick it, but not sure it is quite ripe, I think the split is due to sudden rain after a long dry period.

My Dwarf Tropical Peach is covered in fruit, I have to cover the tree to keep fruitfly & birds out but as its only 1mt high thats easy. Its 4 years old & the seedlings come true to type - It is possible that its the same Peach as in Daleys catalogue, but I've had several over many years all grown from seed & do not remember where the original came from. The peaches have to be thinned or they do not grow to full size.

Some of the leaves look a bit yellow not sure if its from being under the netting or if its short of Iron

Acerola Cherry in full flower, the birds get a lot of the fruit, they are very high in vitamin C but not easy to do anything with except eat out of hand because they have several knobbly pips.

Another view of the Peach tree

Sapodilla, again covered in fruit, they have a caramel flavoured flesh with black seeds.

 

Harvested these yesterday, carrots, parsnip, pumpkin, silverbeet, sorell & lettuce from my shade house plantings. Often by this time of year in CQ everything is shrivelled by the heat & humidity but we are still managing to eat a lot from the patch & the corn should be ripe soon.

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Comment by Jane on December 26, 2013 at 16:34

Susan my netting came from www.greenpatchseeds.com.au the price includes postage so is very reasonable.

Rob we find the flavour good, perhaps a little sharper than any we buy. Just picked the last today, will be planting some seeds but they dont always come up dont know what the secret is sometimes just find them self planted growing uner the trees.

Comment by Rob Walter on December 20, 2013 at 16:22

Beautiful pictures, Jane. How do you find the flavour of the peaches?

Comment by Jane on December 18, 2013 at 17:57

Susan, re the netting,its fruitfly netting, you can get some from Green Harvest, but this was a lot cheaper & available in any lengths by the metre - trouble is I cant remember where I got it, & can no longer find ads in Gardening mags, will ask a friend

Comment by Lissa on December 14, 2013 at 5:43

Gorgeous Jane :) Would love to try a Sapodilla one day.

Your tropical Peach fruit crop gives me hope that I might have the same with my new Nectarine one day. If you can do it up there where you live, surely I can have the same here in Brisbane....surely. Wishful thinking.

Comment by Susan on December 11, 2013 at 19:27

What do you cover your tree with and where did you get it?  Mine is about 1.8 M high but quite wide and it ALWAYS gets stung.

 

Comment by Jane on December 11, 2013 at 17:55

thanks for comments everyone. My Peaches fruit in their third year Tracy.

Comment by Tracy Arnold on December 10, 2013 at 22:20

Wow!  Awesome crops Jane.  My dwarf peach tree is yet to grow a peach.  How old was yours when it starting fruiting?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 10, 2013 at 20:53

Wonderful crops Jane! If the Peach leaves have green veins on a yellow leaf, that is probably iron deficiency - it's common with too-alkaline a soil for acid-loving plants. Not sure Peach is so acid-loving so consider something else - or just the leaves dying off at the end of their lives.

Comment by Ania on December 10, 2013 at 17:03
Beautiful pictures !! I only wish my garden get that developed and productive one day :)

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