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Quick Garden Update October 2020
Quick video tour for a facebook group that missed out on a garden visit and kept hassling me for a vid.

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Comment by Doug Hanning on October 12, 2020 at 15:10

Wow Ross I would love to visit some time, I hav only been at it for 5 years, its going to be a jungle here in another 30.   No my star apple trees are still small but I love the fruit , eaten heaps throughout the pacific islands. And I dont have vanilla....yet! Is the nam doc mai the king thai? Have been trying to get one. Thanks Dianne and Cheryl it takes up a lot of my spare time but at least its a productive hobby(Rachel calls it an obsession)

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on October 12, 2020 at 6:43

WOW your garden is amazing,  I have never heard of some of the fruit you are growing, its like a tropical paradise - food forest for sure. Lots of hard work but how rewarding

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 11, 2020 at 19:07

Fabulous Doug, your garden is a credit to you. You have really created an enviable paradise. Thanks for Sharing.

Comment by Ross on October 7, 2020 at 19:50
Great video thanks Doug for showing your productive food garden. Yes growing and producing fruit becomes a passion particularly with the first taste of a new fruit. I have been at it for nearly 40 years on our suburban block. My all time favourite fruits are purple star apple (has to be ripe), chicken tongue lychee (No Mai Che?) and Nam Doc Mai mango. Have you had fruit from your star apple yet? Was it you that managed to successfully pollinate a single vanilla flower last year? I am going to have another try this year in a few weeks as I have about 10 bunches of 6 flowers each on one vine. Cheers Ross S
Comment by Doug Hanning on October 6, 2020 at 20:09

Not yet Vivienne but we still have so many trees that havent fruited yet.

Yeah Christa the bamboo is a bit of an issue, not looking forward to digging it out, might hire a mini excavator for a weekend(i have my excavator ticket)

This year is looking like we will get some good fruit, imagine what I will be getting in another 10 years?

The jaboticaba are a delicious fruit, I can eat bowls ata time.

Comment by Christa on October 6, 2020 at 11:35

Your garden has got the spring growth happening, which is good.  Pity about the bamboo, but I learnt something, I did not know the roots spread so far.  We have the gracilis bamboo so hopefully it does not get so big. 

Some of those trees are starting to show good fruit, I'm sure you can't wait to  try some of this years harvest. It will be interesting to know how your pitangatuba taste. 

We had a fair bit of damage from the westerlies as well the trees bent right over in the front yard. May have lost one or two.  That moringa is really growing thick.  You are lucky to have at least one roseberry growing but you need another, that is a problem.  Daleys had one a while ago and I thought it was useless by itself.

So many Jaboticaba, I am so jealous, but happy to see someone growing them to fruiting stage. Good luck with your gardening and hope we get some rain soon. 

Comment by Vivienne Hallman on October 6, 2020 at 7:17
This really is an amazing fruit forest, do you end up with fruit all through the year?

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