Tuesday, 26 September 2017

In the Orchard

I spent much of yesterday in the orchard. Watering the trees mostly. The weather here is dry and windy. Do you remember this photo?




Many of those flowers have now become tiny mangoes. We have four mango trees. 

Two of our apple trees are in flower. As is our lemon tree. I have a second lemon tree growing in a pot, but as it is young I am cutting off the tiny fruit so that it can concentrate its energy on growing.




Our mulberry tree is fruiting, though the berries are still at the red stage and not ready for eating. Our young elderberry tree is in flower.


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  1. Your mango tree is amazing. Our daughter loves mango.
    I received a dwarf lemon tree in March which I have in a pot and was going to give it citrus food. It isn't growing much at all. It pretty much looks like a stick with a few leaves. The pot is big enough and it gets compost, mulch and fortnightly seaweed. Hoping the citrus food helps.
    Picking a piece of fruit from your very own tree and munching on it straight away - can't beat that.
    Kylie

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    1. I really enjoy mangoes too. Though I didn't eat them when I was younger.

      I have a finger lime in a pot that is yet to fruit but it is putting out some new growth. I am looking forward to using the finger lime fruit on fish.

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  2. How wonderful to have fruit forming, Sherri. Is that what's known as a tropical apple? I only discovered such thing existed last week when we went to visit friends who were out on a semi-rural property on the outskirts of Brissy here. I would love to be able to grow mulberries here but soil depth for fruit trees is a real issue. We can only dig so far down before we hit rock! Meg:)

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    1. Yes we have three tropical apples planted. It is really hard to beat the birds to the fruit. Don and I were talking this afternoon about the need to buy some more netting. Our apples are Tropical Beauty, Coastal Cropper and Anna.

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  3. Mangoes! My mind goes immediately to Mrs HM's southern fried chicken with mango salad and mango and garlic salsa.

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    1. Sounds marvelous. I really enjoy Coronation chicken made with mango and cashews. And leftovers are great on sandwiches.

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    1. I find it so interesting and worthwhile too. :-)

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  5. Sherri, we have a pawpaw tree that just came up a while back and I wonder if we will end up getting any ripe pawpaws. A mango tree would be heaven. Our mulberries are not quite ripe either and the wind knocked a lot off the tree at the weekend but there will still be plenty to pick and freeze to use in mulberry cobbler next winter...if we actually have a winter that is.

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    1. Winter seems to be a dubious proposition in these times Chel.

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  6. Our citrus are all in flower and there are some small fruit to be seen on each tree. I get my cooking mangos off a neighbour who has a stringy common tree. We pick up boxes of Bowen Mangos from a local farmer who sets up a roadside stall. Our avocados have some good flowers. So hoping we get some fruit set. The strawberry Guava is looking like it will have a good crop this year. We have two Elderflower Trees but they only went in a couple of months ago. Looking forward to getting flowers and fruit off these in the future.

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    1. I managed to kill our two avocado trees a few years back. Wrong position, too dry in the dry season and two wet in our heavy rain periods.

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