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Andy's Garden Update - Citrus - Stardate: 03092014

2015 Update:

The Lemon, Lemonade and Mandarin look like they wanna make lots of babies. I'm happy about that. It looks like this is the time of year for citrus, Lemonade particularly. 

So, the corn crop went in yesterday. All good.

Cherry tomatoes are finally starting to produce some fruit again.  Cabbage getting ready. Jeez, even a Cauliflower. Now that summer is here: I'm getting 4 eggs a day. The greens are starting to perform again. It's Quiche and salad weather!

I REALLY need to get some bees.

2014 Post:

The most exciting news at present is my citrus.  

The Lemonaide is starting to flower. The lemonaides are a beautiful fruit in my humble:

Meanwhile, the Lisbon lemon is concentrating on new growth: 

On the other hand, the Lotsa lemon is covered with flowers, most of which will probably fall off: 

The snow peas have finally started to produce!!!!!!

We continue to have an abundance of cherry tomatoes of different varieties.  However, following a careful scientific study (Rozie ate one of each type) we have decided to focus on the orange tear shapped variety rather than this little chap.  

Oh, and the girls are now providing a steady 3 eggs per day.  We are having asian omlette tonight for dinner. 

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 4, 2014 at 23:40

There's definitely some I'l strip back Elaine. The mandarin is way too fragile - I'll probably leave just 1 or 2.  The Lotsa will also have a fair degree removed - it's produced 3 last season so I'll limit it to that or less given that it is just so small.  The Lemonaide seems to produce at about the right rate about 3 or 4 for it's size.  The Lisbon is the biggest but isn't flowering. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 4, 2014 at 23:31

It's worth it to give recently-planted grafted Citrus at least 1 year of no fruit. The common Lemon is now starting to blossom for the 1st time after being in the ground at least 2 years and growing like a weed. It's grafted but a really vigorous plant.

Remember the size of the plant and the size of the fruit! My ruby Grapefruit is coming into blossom but the plant itself is still quite small. It would not bear the weight of even 1 full-size Grapefruit so I need to leave it to get big enough to hold the fruit.

The other citrus have been moved twice and although they are making new shoots, no way would they be able to bring to ripeness any fruit until they are much bigger.

Give the plants a chance to make enough roots and leaves to feed the fruit and to have enough size to hold the fruit. Patience is not one of my virtues! ;-)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 4, 2014 at 21:48

That little round cherry is my standard. He's a great little performer and pretty resistant to attack.  I was really pleasantly surprised that Rozie liked the orange tear so much.  I think it's worth the experiment Susan. 

Comment by Susan on September 4, 2014 at 21:43

P.S  I just joined Diggers and got all these free tomato seeds (artisan pack and Heirloom pack).  Have still planted my two steady varieties that I have for the last 2 years but have started these ones in pots to see if I can find an unusual one that tastes exceptional to add to my rotation.

Comment by Susan on September 4, 2014 at 21:41

My sentiments exactly Andrew.  I cannot bear to remove even one year's worth of fruit from my tiny fruit trees.  I am always so excited for that first fruit.  I was listening to Jerry the other night as well and thought "that is never gonna happen in my garden".

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 3, 2014 at 21:47

Yeah Valerie - that'll be it.  Looks like a tiny minature pear (well, the yellow ones do). 

Comment by Valerie on September 3, 2014 at 20:47
Maybe also called pear shaped cherry tomatoes. (Geez how many fruit names to describe one?)
Comment by Susanne on September 3, 2014 at 20:00
Big smile ;))
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 3, 2014 at 19:23

I'm not sure what variety they are called Dave. I have yellow tear and orange tear.  I've seen red tears but I don't have any at the moment. 

Yes Susanne - I remove them just prior to eating!  

Comment by Susanne on September 3, 2014 at 17:59
So Andrew are you removing all the fruit from your young citrus? for the first 2 or was it3 years that Jerry said on Gardening Australia?

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