29 July 2018 7:11am – Snail Hunt

If you’re experiencing this lovely foggy morning too, now is the perfect time to get outside for a snail hunt! 

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17 July 2018 6:29pm – Rodent-proof Your Compost Bin

Thought you might find this helpful too:

HOW TO RODENT-PROOF YOUR COMPOST BIN

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6 July 2018 5:15pm – The Pomes&Stones Orchard is complete!

The Pomes&Stones Orchard is complete!  The last leprechaun Apple has gone in, everything has been given a circle of mulch and had a chook-wire frame put up.

Looking good, even if I say so myself 

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4 July 2018 5:21pm – Planting Update

Here are a few pics of the trees that we planted out yesterday. I’ve only included one pic of each type, as they all just look like sticks at the moment, and that’s not really very interesting to look at, unless you’re good at seeing potential 

So our day consisted of marking out the new Pomes&Stones Orchard to the east of the Citrus Orchard, and planting the bare-rooted dwarf apples (3x green ‘leprecaun’ (the 4th arrived today, so it’ll be planted out on Friday) and 2x pink ‘pinkabelle’ for cross-pollination), dwarf apricots (3x ‘fireball’), and the dwarf ‘sunset’ peach and nectarine pair, then transplanting the 3x pears, 3x plums, 2x peaches and 1x nectarine (all standard size) from the area to the south of the Citrus Orchard because the soil there wasn’t very good, and their new spot is SO much better.

The 4x finger lime hybrids were planted out on the northside of the Citrus Orchard. I decided to try them in full sun (or mostly, with the shadow of one gum moving across them during the day) to see if they produce more fruit than the one down by the (ephemeral) creek, which is mostly dappled sun.

Then we added another ‘black genoa’ fig to the line up near the shed, but decided to put the 3x ‘brown turkey’ figs down near the avocados’ new spot (the ‘reed’s have always struggled with the soil where they are, too, so we’d decided to reallign the avos as well) because even after the good amount of rain this week, the soil was still rock hard up there – not a good sign. So, the ‘fuerte’ avo got moved to between the two ‘hass’ (rather than behind the dwarf ‘hass’), making a diagonal, slightly zigzag line n-e to s-w. A fig was then planted on the western side of each of them to provide afternoon shade in summer. The ‘reeds’ were then moved to be in line with the others and a row of quicker-growing arrowroot was planted along their western sides to provide them with shade this summer, rather than in a few years when the figs grow big enough.

Then a few pineapple heads were planted under a tree near the shed.

Everything planted got several generous handfuls of home-made compost mixed into the soil around them, and all the transplants received half a can of seaweed solution to help them with any transplant shock (although they should be mostly dormant at the moment anyway).

So take-home message: experiment with different positions and never be afraid to adjust and/or move a tree if it seems to be struggling; fruit trees are a long-term investment and you want them to be in the best possible conditions to give you the best harvest.

Happy growing! 

            

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3 July 2018 4:26pm – Dirty Knees

I think the knees say it all. Another day of planting done and boy, am I beat .. but happy 

Will update with tree pics later. Now for a hot shower …

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1 July 2018 12:52pm – Tiny House clips

Catching up on some Tiny House-related clips.

Love the Singer sewing machine, couch/pull-out bed, tiny bath and curved loft windows! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzVJ–gOPP8&t=329s

Tiny living with a new-born. Love the long kitchen bench and pantry, the height in the loft, and how most of it is reclaimed from somewhere else, even baby things! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=higZGd1fU4Q&t=468s

This one is a bit longer, because it talks a bit about the Permaculture community they live in first, but stick with it. Love the tub! And what a great idea to have a ‘secret’ trap-door entrance to their daughter’s room! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbUkLeBUmxI&t=554s

Something a bit different: shipping containers. Love the huge kitchen/living area, and how great to include a mudroom! Not a fan of the very low, claustrophobic sleeping loft, but I am definitely stealing the japanese bath tub idea!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI71-qySsrE&t=629s

That’s enough for now 

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28 June 2018 6:17pm – Trees!

My kind of delivery! Mail-order trees!! :D

Guess what we’ll be doing next week  Happy dance!!

Update: All opened and checked: 3x ‘Leprechaun’ dwarf green apples, 2x ‘Pinkabelle’ dwarf pink apples, 3x ‘Fireball’ dwarf apricots, 1x ‘Sunset’ dwarf peach, 1x ‘Sunset’ dwarf nectarine, 2x ‘Red Centre’ finger limes, and 2x ‘Sunrise’ finger limes. One box still enroute. Hopefully it’ll have the missing leprechaun in it :)

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21 June 2018 8:57am – Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Hope you get to enjoy this beautiful weather today :)

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18 June 2018 8:02am – If It Can’t Be Reduced, Reused, Repaired …

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30 May 2018 2:24pm – Pinks Disease

Do your trees have Pinks Disease? It’s particularly prevalent in high humidity areas.

Annette McFarlane: Take a close look at this image. Initially you may mistake it for lichen (there are some small lichen surrounding it). In fact, it is pinks disease (Erythricium salmonicolor). It attacks a number of different native and exotic trees in areas of high rainfall. Stems are eventually ringbarked and die. Prune all infected limbs; increase air circulation; spray with copper; followup with a good nutritional program including foliage applications of seaweed and liquid silica and potash. Tangelo trees appear particularly susceptible.

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