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Hi everyone.  Well, I'll just let you know that my addictions got the better of me again.  I'm WEAK I tell you.  If I was addicted to a less socially acceptable substance, I would be in a pretty bad place right now :)  That's right, I've been trawling Daley's website again and found two new purchaces to add.  A jackfruit which has gone out where the Jaboticaba used to be near the banana's (I have pulled it up and put it in a pot where I'm hoping it will make a recovery) and a Malabar chestnut (saba nut).  It too is in a pot with the intention of placing it in the ground sometime when I work out WHERE I have enough space for it.  

New developments on new purchases from last year.  I think just maybe, my Dwarf Wurtz avocado has set a fruit.  What do you think?  The tree itself is only tiny but this is one of 3 fruit that I think may have set from about a dozen flowers so even if it doesn't hold onto it, I think it's pretty promising for the future.  

My Issai Kiwi berry is taking off in it's little pot.  I really need to get an archway for it to grow over.  I even have little flower buds on it.

And my white Adriatic fig which I think I only bought this year (agian from Daley's) has 6 tiny figs on it!! AMAZING.  I was going to pot it up into a large 60L pot but I'll wait until after those figs have finished developing now.  Certainly going much better than the brown turkey fig I bought from bunnings!

In other fruiting news, the mulberries are all but finished now, just in time for my first nectarines from the multigraft nectarine/peach.  It works quite well on this tree as just as the nectarines are finishing, the peaches start to ripen so I have stone fruit until end of November.  I ate one this morning that was still a little underripe but I just had to "test" them.  By next week, they'll definitely be ready to start picking.  I thinned excess fruit this year.   You can certainly see the size difference between thinned and unthinned on the branches I missed.  

I was starting to get real worried that I wasn't going to get any Lychees this year.  While I had lots of flower spikes, they weren't setting fruit.  I had been a bit slack with the watering regime so the last 2 weeks, it has been getting a load of washing machine rinsing water on Saturday and tuesday (washing days :)  and it seems to have done the trick.  You'll see the difference below between the flowerspikes that have set (right) and those that haven't (left).  Each one of those little bulges should develop a lychee.  I also find that you absolutely MUST spray at least twice around flower development/bud burst with mancozeb + miticide or you lose everything to Erinose mites.  I did mine a third time when I started watering as I noticed some of the flowers and new growth were all velvety. 

First of my grape flower buds are coming on.  This is from NOBLE grape, a muscadine variety that is supposed to do well in subtropics.  I also have muscadine adonis, then 2 table grapes at the front.

In vegie news - YAY.  My zucchini's are powering along.  I took 4 into work the other day and between the 3 plants, have another 5 that will be ready in a day or so and 2 in the fridge.  We eat a lot of zucchini - it goes in spag bol, quiche, stirfry, curry, cakes, cheesy scrolls and when I have so many big ones that I need a break, I start breaking off the developing flowers, stuff with ricotta, batter them and deep fry.  The kids and I LOVE them.

Cucumbers, which were planted at the same time, are not so advanced but I think I have my first one developing.  BTW I hand pollinate all of these (and the zucch's)

Toms are just about ready too.  I've had the odd ripe one.

Finally, I'll leave you with a picture of the first poppy I have ever managed to grow.  I'm going to keep seeds from this and spread them everywhere next april - the guy on Mt Tambourine who had the most amazing display of poppies assured me that's the best time to plant and they mostly come up from self seeds in his garden. Be warned those of you with chickens - THEY LOVE THEM.  My chooks would reach their heads through the chicken wire to get at them so I only ended up with 2 plants surviving.  

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Comment by Lissa on October 19, 2015 at 6:39

Looking wonderful Susan :D Fingers crossed for the avo. Mine looks like nothing has happened.

My neighbour was telling me he is on the lookout to buy a multi graft avo that he has seen around. That sounds like the deal to me.

Comment by Phil on October 17, 2015 at 19:58

I don't know how you fit all these trees on your land Susan - dwarf or not. It just shows what little land you really need to do this although the land needs to be at least a little fertile I think. I'm sure we will be hearing (and seeing) more about you successes in the next few years.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 17, 2015 at 18:31

Wow. It's all looking very good.

Comment by Christa on October 17, 2015 at 17:29

Gee willikers, I think you may have started something. An inventory list in alphabetical order for each of us.  Just imagine what life will be like for you in a few years time harvesting from this food forest. Good work.  

Comment by Susan on October 17, 2015 at 16:30

Hey Elaine - so there's hope for the BT yet? Phil, if you include all the different varities ofplants (ie 7 x blueberries, 4 x raspberries etc, the count is now around 60. (11 x citrus, 3 x lychees, 2 x mango, 2x banana, 5x chilean guava, 2x papaya,  4x grapes, 3x apples, 2x avocado,  2x mulberry, 2x fig, pomegranite, peach/nectarine, persimmon, macadamia, pecan, walnut, malabar chestnut, custard apple, jackfruit, black sapote, panama berry, Jaboticaba, Kiwiberry,  china pear guava, passionfruit,  grumichama & coconut (don't think this one will survive though)) I say this every time I purchase something new but it really is getting to the limit of what I can plant.  Less than 1/3 of that list is currently productive, but hopefully in about 3 years, I'll be up to 3/4 of the list.  All of this, with exception of the walnut and pecan (in the *extended* backyard) are planted on my approx 680 sqm block of land.  They are nearly all dwarfing varieties with any of the non dwarf's kept trimmed. 

Comment by Phil on October 17, 2015 at 12:54

Looks good Susan and I can definitely relate to the 'growing new food plants' addiction. Wouldn't it be nice if we could replace the nation's gambling addiction with this healthy one. How many fruit trees did you have at last count?

Comment by Susan on October 17, 2015 at 11:47

PS - Vegies are in 1.8m x .9m wicking beds.

Comment by Susan on October 17, 2015 at 11:45

Hi Christa, all my fruit trees are in the ground with a few exceptions - mostly those that I have yet to find a permanent place for.  These are the Malabar chestnut, Issai Kiwiberry and 2 x figs.  I also have two plants which I've ripped out of the ground for failure to thrive and giving them one last shot - Jaboticaba and a multigrafted citrus bought at the same time as my multigraft stone fruit and multigraft apple but never did anything significant and is less than 1/4 of their sizes.  All are wicking pots - I have neither the time nor the patience for traditional pots and I used to kill everything that I attempted.  I still water these pots up to twice a week but they do not need attention every day which suits me just fine.  I also have strawberries growing in 600 mm oblong wicking pots hooked onto the fenceline.  They need a little more attention - 3 times per week but I'm getting lovely strawberries so don't mind the extra attention.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 17, 2015 at 11:43

Great garden Susan! The Avo looks promising. Going on my Brown Turkey and White Adriatic: the WA a much older plant is wreathed in leaves, it's 1st to ripen closely followed by Black Genoa (they overlap). The BT was moved and has settled in overwinter but still is in its first year in the 200L wicking bin. It is yet to get leaves. I'm assuming they fruit at different parts of the season.

Comment by Christa on October 17, 2015 at 11:35

Maybe I can blame addiction as well.  They look so healthy and productive.  Do you have them in ordinary pots or wicking pots?  It makes me wonder which trees will stay in pots for years to come.  It might just come down to the size of the pot and where to put it. 

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