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Hi everyone,

Well the heat is devastating at the moment.  It has been sapping me of all energy and I have not been keeping up with the planting so only relying on what is already there.   Capsicums, tomatoes, trombonccinos, silverbeet and some corn.    Here is the set up for the capsicums - the net allows me to grow perfect fruit that are completely unstung. One of the trombonccino monsters that developed while we were away got picked and I've tried them as a pumpkin.  Reminds of a butternut pumpkins.  I have two more developing in the garden bed.

Well, the lychees are finished for another year.  I made sure I went out and fertilised after picking the last of them.  Here is my husband up the ladder picking -  we got about 4 bucket fulls of them this year.

A volunteer melon came up in the bed that has my silverbeet growing.  I didn't think that it would do any good and it is now doing well.  It has even had one set. 

Here is the back patch with the sweet potatoes going rampant.  There is a self sown paw paw doing suprisingly well.  My rosellas however, are not doing the best.  But the little bush lemon that my brother and I dug up from his paddock has finally started to become healthy and put on new growth.  The red is the lemon tree and the yellow arrows are the rosellas.

It is now the time to get my strawberry runners started.  I've actually left it a bit late because they are an absolute mess.  I still haven't finished but at least have two pots set up so that they can develop roots.

The custard apples are developing well.  I just don't know when they'll be ready.  Does anyone know roughly when they will be ready?

And the citrus are doing great.  My little emperor mandarin has about 12 mandarines (2014) on them and I've got 3 grapefruit (2015) on the rio red and 2 oranges (2015) on the cara cara blood orange.  The older valencia orange is loaded along with the older Eureka lemon.  The rest of the citrus are not yet fruiting but they are still only young.

I also really need to harvest the apples and prune it but it has been soooo hot and I'm too lazy.  Soon though.

Well that's it from me folks.  Happy gardening and stay cool.

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Comment by Christa on January 16, 2017 at 19:47

Oh I have not heard of that apple variety.  We had a multigraft apple but one type of apple seemed to grow stronger than the other two grafted.  One graft was Anna and one was Golden Dorset and I have forgotten what the third one was.  The crispy apples were lovely to bite into. 

You really have a good group of fruiting trees now,  how is your Judy's Everbearing finger lime going. We have just received a Jali Red, so I am looking forward to putting that in a wicking bin. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 16, 2017 at 17:48

Your garden is looking fabulous and oh, so much fruit to enjoy!!!!

Comment by Susan on January 16, 2017 at 17:05

I had a look online and "they" said that the season for custard apples in this region starts end feb so I'll start checking them mid feb.  I Love the fruit Andy - I grew up with one next door and we were always raiding the tree. Every year, I give in and buy some but have RARELY had one, store bought, that was any good so Andy, you might want to wait and try one of mine.  :) Keep in mind that they are quite big (though I think daleys now have a dwarf variety) and mine took 8 years to finally produce fruit (though I have heard that the dwarf one can fruit in as little as 2 years).   Lychees are definitely a favourite in this house.  I figured that the approx 6-7 kg we got off them this year has more than paid for them -  I gave my neighbour a bagful and she was saying that they were selling for $25 a kilo.  We have insulation too Elaine and normal heat doesn't worry us but with this excessive heat, our house is not getting cool at night.  Finally getting aircon installed in bedrooms tues - can't wait.  Christa, these apples are on my multigraft and I think they are tropical sunrise.  Again - back from novice gardener days :)

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on January 16, 2017 at 4:40

When eating the custard apple do not look at the flesh  it tastes just as good if infected.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 15, 2017 at 21:48

I think my grandfather had one. What was old is new again. Except for my grandad. Um...

Comment by Christa on January 15, 2017 at 21:29

They are nice Andrew, the two I have tasted are Pink Mammoth and African Pride.  One has more seeds in it than the other.  Elaine has described it well.  One is a bit sweeter than the other.  Sometimes they have a bit of a grainy sort of taste closer to the skin.  My stepfather had a lot of custard apple trees growing on his farm.  One of the trees is larger than the other but you can keep them growing low and wide. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 15, 2017 at 20:43

Yeah, I need to give one a go. If I like it, I'll find room for one.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 15, 2017 at 19:04

Tastes are so subjective ... flesh comes in firmish segments with some softer flesh in between. Biggish black pits with a membrane around each one. Taste ... hmmm ... 'custard' is a good description - the flavour of a plain custard but not the texture. Buy one and see. They are ripe for eating when they first go soft. Buy it hard and check it each day. You'll know when. A teaspoon is a handy tool for eating Custard Apple. Once ripe, the fruit does not keep well.

Comment by Lissa on January 15, 2017 at 18:50

Great looking crop going on there as usual Susan :)

Do you know, with custard apple, I never paid any attention to how long it took from fruit forming to picking. Never. Oh dear.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 15, 2017 at 18:41

Can you let me know what the custard apples taste like?  I've never eaten one.  It's just too hot to go outside so I prefer sensible to lazy.  LOL. 

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