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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.

 

September 2012 Photo Update

October 3, 2012

Miniature Cymbidium Orchid. Flowered beautifully for the second year. Exquisite!

Blueberries, Camellias and Magic Fruit potted up for Spring. Blueberries and Camellias in acidic potting mix made up according to a recipe from Dave Wilson Nurseries.

Dwarf Emperor Mandarine Potted 17-9-12.

Dwarf Emperor Mandarine Potted 17-9-12

Dwarf Emperor Mandarine Potted 17-9-12

Strawberry Tower Milk Crate 180912 before planting. Filled with recycled potting mix.

Covers on Lime Tree 15th August 2010

August 17, 2010

Tree guard placed around new Tahitian Lime in Old Shop Orchard. This guard is to protect it against frosts and hot summer winds. These have been successful for me in the past to help get citrus trees established. The guard will stay in place for 2 or 3 years depending on how the tree grows.

Tahitian Lim in its cover. Cover is 900mm high and 1m diameter 24th August 2010.

Tahitian Lime inside protector cover. 24th August 2010.

Location of Tahitian Lime in Old Shop Orchard. 24th August 2010.

Tahitian Lime 11th August 2010

August 12, 2010

Planted Tahitian Lime tree in the Old Shop Orchard. Cow manure was incorporated at planting time after the hole was prepared. The selected location took some digging as there was a layer of limestone in a sheet. This was broken through and a hole prepared with composted cow manure. Tree was planted at the depth of the bagged tree. It is planned to place a shadecloth tree guard around the tree as I have done with all other citrus trees to cut down on wind and frost damage for the next couple of years.

A Kaffir Lime is also proposed later and has been ordered from Snow’s Peninsula Nursery and is expected in late spring.

Tahitian Lime from Snow's Peninsula Nursery August 2010

Tahitian Lime Fruit


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