I went to Lissa's garden visit today and had a wonderful time. I was chatting to some lovely ladies (Karen was one but as I'm hopeless with names, I forget the other names -> please comment below so I can remember :) and started talking about my fruit trees. So here is a tour of my garden for you guys to have a peak at.
This is the view from my front balcony. From the left lower corner, you can see my grape happily growing away - planted about 2 months ago. The multigraft apple is in the center (has about 6 apples on it at the moment but can't see in this)(planted 2006) and at the right of that image is my dwarf valencia orange (2013). Over to the right image, there is my Eureka lemon (2012) to the right of the path and in the center, you can just make out another fruit tree which is my multigraft peach/nectarine (2006).
Here are my wicking beds that are going well. I know they're not fruit trees but I wanted to show off how well they are doing. This photo was taken at 1 pm, full sun for entire day......NO WILTING!! Amazing. Cucumbers in one and melons in the other (the smaller one is where I had to replant after my dog jumped into the beds going psycho at a delivery person.
In the first photos, you can see where our cars are parked. This area is over past them. I've just cut down a huge ponsietta tree so am now planning to plant another dwarf mango out here but I already have two banana's (ducasse and goldfinger - i think 2012 first fruit), Passionfruit (2012 - no fruit yet), a pawpaw starting beneath it and the left photo is australian native raspberry (2013) I grew these a couple of years ago but they were very invasive so got rid of them. Missed them too much and there really isn't a lot of room for them to spread in the front driveway so hopefully their new location won't cause me too much drama.
Still haven't got to my back garden but for some reason this would not let me load up any more photos. I'm going to post this and if it will let me add more later, I will or else will start another blog post. AhHa!! I worked it out. I published and then went back in to edit and it let me add more photos. Gosh, I'm clever :)
So this next is the view from my back balcony. 1) is where my blueberries are and the "real" vegie patch. 2) is where the lychees and mandarin are, 3) the fig etc and 4) is where the custard apple and dwarf mango (which are also shown)are growing. These were both planted late 2011. No fruit from the custard apple yet but 5 mangos last year and 2 this year.
Close up of the blue berries. Have 5 plants, but only planted the last three this year so they are tiny still. See the nice big blue one -> it obviously got missed in this mornings raid.... I quickly rectified that oversight :)
Here is the imperial mandarine and my two lychees. These have been in since about 2007 and have all fruited quite regularly. This year however, my lychees had plenty of flowers, but no fruit. They were covered in little white things that were probably scale. Everything I read said that it was hard to get rid of. My solution, cut them right back and burn the infestation. This is about the 3rd week since the cut back and as you can see, they are recovering quite nicely so hopefully I'll have fruit next year. There is also a problem with my mandarine this year. I noticed all of these ants clumping around a sawdust pile on the trunk of the tree. Googled my little ass off to find that it was woodborers :( I cut the main infested branch down (what you can see is what is left of about a 2.5 m tree) but found another two big holes right at the base of the trunk. I poked a wire down and smothered holes with pyrethrum so hopefully it will survive.......we'll see. This side gets shaded in winter which may be why I'm having problems with the trees.
Finally, this is the side labelled 3. It gets sun all year round. I'll start from left to right. Dwarf Wurtz Avocado (2013), Dwarf black mulberry (2013) - it's a little confused..started refruiting beginning of december (circled). In my experience, they only ever fruited september - october. Anyone know if this is normal for it to refruit? Next is brown turkey fig (2013) and a kaffir lime that I got annoyed with and cut down. It has reshooted so I'm going to try to keep it tiny this time. Cumquat is next (2011) and then my multigraft citrus (lime, and who knows what else as only the lime fruits)
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