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Dwarf Orchard

March 22, 2016

Despite having only a limited amount of space I still want to have a small orchard. My needs have changed and being a single person with grown children means I only need small quantities of a range of fruits. In an attempt to satisfy the desire for fresh fruit I am establishing an orchard of dwarfed fruit trees.

Dwarf Orchard

This is the area devoted to the Dwarf Orchard. In the background is an established orange tree while to the right is a wood fired pizza oven.

This area was initially overgrown with various shrubs and creepers making a green massed jungle. I want to have as many areas productive as possible so the rabble was removed and this is the area I will plant. Before planting I will install the edge boards and the irrigation system ready for planting when we get a cool patch of weather. May have to wait a couple of months before that happens.

Well the weather remains warm to hot but the nights are cooler now and with work progressing every morning and night we eventually have something to show for it.

Garden Edging installed around the dwarf orchard on the southern side.

Garden Edging installed around the dwarf orchard on the southern side.

Edging installed around the orchard on the eastern side.

Edging installed around the orchard on the eastern side.

The edging is to help keep the paths clear because the blackbirds scratch any mulch onto the paths. These borders should stop them and help with any drainage.

After the edging I top dressed the area with premium compost that I purchased from Peninsula Nursery. I then set about sorting the rest of the soil and spent many hours digging out dead roots from plants that had been taken out over the past few weeks. With compost incorporated into the topsoil it only remained to plant the trees I had saved for this area.

Potted trees in position for final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for the final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Potted trees in position for the final planting in the dwarf orchard.

Each hole for these trees were dug to the depth of the pot but twice as wide. Into the soil removed I incorporated some premium compost into the soil and back filled then watered each tree in well.

Still to come is the irrigation system which will be a micro spray system that will water the entire zone so that planned inter-plantings of flowering bulbs will be watered at the same time. Trees will be kept small and this will ensure the roots don’t compete too much.

After the irrigation is completed and bulbs planted the entire area will be mulched with bark or chips to help with weed control and moisture conservation. I will post the remaining work as an update to this post rather than holding this article back.

 

January 2013 in the Food Gardens

February 1, 2013

Harvests

Sweet corn

Sweet Corn harvested for the first time this season. Variety Polaris Hybrid from New Gippsland Seeds.

Tomatoes

Only a few tomatoes and these are the small ones. Plenty of large green tomatoes still to ripen.

Carrots

Nantes carrots but these are only a thin variety and slow to get this size.
Tip Top Carrots are larger but very variable with several bolting to seed before getting to any size.

Strawberries

Strawberries performing to average standard, not breaking any records like they have in the past. Strawberries grown in the herb barrels grew to big leafed plants and the early berries were also large but since then have been no flowers and no fruit. Bedded strawberries are smaller plants but producing much better.

Onions

Onions harvested and all varieties performed well this year.
Spring Onions Winter Ishikura continue to produce.

Cabbage

Wong Bok had only a single plant come to head but that was because they were transplanted and Wong Bok can’t stand being replanted.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers Lebanese and Apple are producing extra well. Every so often you have year when one crop or another goes rampant. This year it is definitely Cucumbers!

Coriander

Coriander is coming to an end and bolting to seed.

Radish

Radish have been done well as they always do.

Apricot

Apricot-Moorpark are nearing the finish of their harvest. Birds have been little trouble this year due to some nesting Goshawks and Chicken Hawks nearby.

Nectarines

Nectarines disappointed again. An average crop was decimated by a heat wave of 45 deg C which seemed to cook the fruit on the tree. Neighbours experienced the same phenomenon with theirs.

Peaches

Peaches are doing very nicely and will soon be ready to pick.

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The freestone peach in the old shop orchard loaded for its first big crop. Had a few last year but this is ridiculous.

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Freestone Peach in the Old Shop Orchard 2013

This tree had at least 300 fruit removed at an early stage and still one of the branches is straining with the load. Will have to thin fruit more aggressively next year.

This tree had at least 300 fruit removed at an early stage and still one of the branches is straining with the load. Will have to thin fruit more aggressively next year.

Pears

The pear tree in the Old Shop Orchard is just starting to produce. There are a few nice pears of very good size on there now (see photo below) and the leaves are dark green and showing very little evidence of lime induced chlorosis. The EDDHA is definitely working. The renovated pear in the Kiosk yard has also been treated with EDDHA and is responding well. It is multi branched at the moment but carries no fruit.

Pear Tree in the Old Shop Orchard looking strong and coming on well. It has been pruned in the Dave Wilson Nursery style.

Pear Tree in the Old Shop Orchard looking strong and coming on well. It has been pruned in the Dave Wilson Nursery style.

The same pear tree showing some nice fruit for the first time this year.

The same pear tree showing some nice fruit for the first time this year.

Showing the size of the fruit on this pear with another 2-3 months before picking.

Showing the size of the fruit on this pear with another 2-3 months before picking.

Grapes

All the table grapes have gone ahead well this year. The Thompson Seedless which is 20 years old is the best it has ever been and loaded with big bunches of sweet tasty grapes. This was also treated to the Dave Wilson Nurseries regime and responded well.

The youngest vine is the Black Beauty Seedless which is till only a baby but produce a few small bunches. The berries are as black as the ace of spades and the sweetest of all my grapes. It would like to get a bit more water but being in the carpark that is a difficult proposition. May have to look into a tree drain.

The third vine around the verandah is the Flame seedless. That is what I planted in any case but the fruit is white and elongated so is probably a Century Seedless. There is a distinct flavour difference from the Thompson Seedless and its berries are much larger. Being a young vine the bunches are still only small at this stage but next year could be a good one.

Thompson Seedless with some fruit bags. These were to save the fruit from the birds but the hawks have taken care of that. In fact the bags overheat the fruit on hot days and the bunches cook and are ruined. This was an experiment that I won't be repeating.

Thompson Seedless with some fruit bags. These were to save the fruit from the birds but the hawks have taken care of that. In fact the bags overheat the fruit on hot days and the bunches cook and are ruined. This was an experiment that I won’t be repeating.

Another view of the same Thompson Seedless.

Another view of the same Thompson Seedless.

Flame seedless growing along the verandah wall.

Flame seedless growing along the verandah wall.

Black Beauty on the verandah wall facing the car park.

Black Beauty on the verandah wall facing the car park.

Apple

Apples are doing well this year. Actually most fruit is doing well. The red delicious were scorched a bit during the two 45C days we had in January. Some of the fruit had brown patches where they were burnt. These have been removed to help the best ones go ahead. The tree was thinned twice according to the Dave Wilson Nursery method and that system certainly works.

The Granny Smith apple was treated in the same way and also has a good crop. It fruit is not yet as big since it is about 6 weeks later.

The Lady William baby has made some headway but is still trying to establish itself well. It is being espaliered on the outside of the grower yard.

Red Delicious apple in the Growers yard. It is loaded with masses of fruit even after thinning according to the Dave Wilson Nursery method.

Red Delicious apple in the Growers yard. It is loaded with masses of fruit even after thinning according to the Dave Wilson Nursery method.

 

Closer view of the red delicious fruit.

Closer view of the red delicious fruit. Some lime induced chlorosis is evident and the tree will need a dose of EDDHA.

Pistachios

The pistachio trees are also doing well. Both trees are loaded with their biggest crop ever. Last year’s crop was a disappointment as they never opened properly. It seems that although nuts develop they do not open if the kernel is not present which happens if pollination has gone astray. Therefore, this year I have sample the growing nut and checked the contents for a kernel. Everyone tested has a strongly developing kernel so they should split open properly when ripe in about March.

Pistachio tree, one of two females, outside the pullet house loaded with nuts.

Pistachio tree, one of two females, outside the pullet house loaded with nuts.

Feijoa

Last year we had the best crop of Feijoas ever. They are a long way from ripening yet but they have set fruit fairly well and the tree is growing nicely.

Avocado

The avocado trees have grown well since installing the taller shade surrounds. One has grown out of the top already. Another is getting to the top while the Reed is having some difficulty moving ahead after doing well later in the season. It may grow best during winter so we shall wait and see.

The Bacon set some fruit this year but all dropped off, probably due to poor pollination and the trees are only young. The largest fruit fell of in January measuring 50mm by 35mm. The others dropped off earlier. This is the best we have done with them so far. Maybe next year.

Avocado garden with the avocado on the left beginning to grow out the top, the one in the centre had the fruit this year and the end one is falling behind.

Avocado garden with the avocado on the left beginning to grow out the top, the one in the centre had the fruit this year and the end one is falling behind.

 

Plantings

  1. Sweetcorn- Sentinel from New Gippsland. The last planting for this season.
  2. Cucumber- Continental from Yates against a trellis in Bed 3.
  3. Beans- Veense Climbing from New Gippsland against a trellis in Bed 3.
  4. Carrot- Manchester Table from Yates in Bed 3.
  5. Carrot- Majestic Red from Yates in Bed 3.
  6. Cabbage- Vertus Savoy, Purple Savoy, Sugar Loaf, Coronet Green, Wong Bok
  7. Leek- Autumn Giant
  8. Lettuce- Oakleaf Green, Oakleaf Red, Iceberg
  9. Broccoli- Marathon
  10. Brussels Sprouts – Cyrus Hybrid

Bed Preparations

  1. Bed 8 has been a heavy soil and very new bed. It had a green manure crop of Bio-mustard growing for the past couple of months and that was dug in with poultry manure, cow manure, shredded paper and cardboard, superphosphate and gypsum. It was then covered with cereal straw to await planting after the bed has matured a bit and will be used for crops in autumn.
  2. Bed 2 was used for the garlic and onions during winter and spring into summer. Since the onion harvest it has been dug over and had compost, cow manure, poultry manure and superphosphate added. It will have a net tunnel installed over it and then be planted with winter brassicas.

 

In Flower September 2012

September 9, 2012

Powton Garden September 2012. Arum Lillies and Argyranthemum Maderense in flower.

Powton Garden September 2012. Echium Pinianana coming into spikes now. In front is Argyranthemum Maderense and Arum Lillies to the left.

Pink Tulips just beginning to flower September 2012. Original bulbs from Yorkreations in Minlaton.

Rhodanthemum Catananche “Tizi-n-Test” in the Dry Garden September 2012. What an outstanding performer. Only a little plant but very tidy dense foliage when not in bloom then covered with masses of flowers standing well above the foliage. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

Rhodanthemum Catananche Tizi-n-Test in the Dry Garden September 2012. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

View of the Dry Garden September 2012. Echium Simplex spiking up beautifully. I grew these from seeds started 2 years ago. I will keep some of their seeds after they have finished flowering to start another lot.

View of the Dry Garden from the Bathroom Garden. The wind whips through here, especially during spring storms so maybe I will have to put up some windbreaks.

Side Garden September 2012. Pineapple Sage in flower. Cannas cut down ready for the new season. Nicotiniana due to be planted here for summer.

Fantasia Freesias in the Avocado Garden September 2012.

Peach Multigraft in the Old Shop Orchard. This is its best flowering yet with each arm having an equal number of flowers. Could be the best peach year yet!

Ruby Grape. Not technically in flower yet but is growing out already in the first week of September 2012. Other grapes have not even swollen their buds yet. Looking for the flower points to assist in pruning style for next winter.

Peach at Shop Orchard 17th July 2010

August 6, 2010

This is a longer established Peach tree. Variety unsure at this stage but it is a yellow clingstone producing late fruit. This tree produced its first fruit (1) in 2010 but has survived the 5 year drought with very little irrigation. With a more normal rainfall this year we may be able to water effectively during summer. I pruned it for fruit this year as the shape, although smallish, is of a good structure.

Peach Tree (unknown variety) about 5 years old 17th July 2010 after pruning.

Peach (Spring Crest) 11th July 2010

August 6, 2010

New peach planted in Orchard. Purchased from Snow’s Peninsula Nursery bare rooted tree. This is a freestone peach with yellow flesh. It is self fertile fruiting early to mid-December. It was planted in the spot previously occupied by a Satsuma Plum that never performed well.

Spring Crest Peach planted 11th July 2010


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