Its drizzling now. I am grateful that I managed to fit my morning run in before the rain. It appears that the weather wasn’t warm enough to ripen up the stonefruits done in Central Otago, hence, lack of supply, high demand, price increased. At the Orchard Cottage however, my Lapin cherry would have been ripe for picking today. However! Some wood pigeon decided to jump the gun and ate it all a day too early! I’ll throw a net over them next year.

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Rainfall this week, 7mm. We have a high of 25.3dC and a low of 3.3dC. On the bright side, this year we are going into a sunny Christmas, albeit a windy one.

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This cauliflower came out of nowhere. All along, its just plenty of green, and then one day, it just puff up like a popcorn! That’s about 2 meals there, and some earwigs for protein. They would make a good Asian stir fry or braised in osyter sauce or whatever, I’ve don’t have all the other ingredients, so I just cut them into smaller pieces and roast it in the oven with eggs. Might add some sliced bacon or ham in and see what happens. I am after all, the guy who cooks everything in the oven.

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If you are wondering what I have done to the tractor tire, here it is. The pumpkins and squash on the side, and the watermelon in the middle, and I used the propagating tray’s cover over them. Next season I am going to plant a group of figs in there.

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The peaceful Peace.

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The Spring flowers are about done. The foliage are going through a transition stage, towards the color of Summer, yellow. The poppies will be going to seed now, and the seed heads will shake about in the wind, creating little melodies of their own.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. How’s your Christmas shopping going? I’ve just about done mine, just need to buy a few things for myself. I wonder what will I get from my secret santa this year.

I asked Google, “what is killing milk price”, and the answers I get are quite different. Google decided to jump straight to an alarming solution, “low milk prices have dairy farmers killing cows”, which hit the headlines in US in 2009 and 2011. It does make sense, as the farmers are losing money on every pint of milk they sell. On a more free market capitalist view, this will be a classic play out of the survivor of the fittest.

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9.5mm of rain accumulated this week, most of them yesterday. We have a high of 27.7dC and low of 2.7dC.

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The roses must have taken advantage of the warmer period with the newly planted Perception blooming in full force.

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Black Beauty.

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And Deep Secret.

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The Manuka tree is flowering too. I planted this 3 years ago.

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The peppers have finally started to flower. I just need them to fruit and I can save the seeds to start establishing a landrace.

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The Pinot Gris grape is flowering too. The Schuyler grape is still dormant! I broke off a bud, and it is still green on the inside. I wonder why?

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I’ve been hanging out by the strawberries bed after work just about every day. Snacking on the shellout peas growing in there, and also the awesome tasting strawberries. Now, they are trying to make a run for it, see those runners trying to get out of the raised beds. I enjoyed the White Alpine Strawberries that were growing in the Asparagus bed too, they simply melted in my mouth!

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And the occasional ripe raspberries.

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Was it just me or the black raspberries seem to be a bit tart?

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The Hybridberry Thornless Jewel had some really large berries.

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Berry laden Boysenberry Tasman.

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In another week or two, I might be able to feast on these lovely cherries.

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Finally, I will be able to enjoy the decadent Goldstrike Apricot again! These apricots will color up beautifully even before they are ripe enough to eat. When they are ready for eating, their color is like that of the orange sun.

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The bananas are growing again, shooting out the next leaf. They flower after 42 leaves.

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I have started potting up the rooted cuttings. Purely by chance, I made an interesting discovery. It would appear to me that coarse sand, some of about 1mm grade, makes better rooting medium compared to really fine sand. The cuttings from the coarse sand managed to develop roots that were stronger and well spread out from throughout the cuttings, compared to the ones in fine sand. Its also easier to remove them from the container and repot them.

I didn’t managed to put up all of them as I ran out of PB3/4 planter bags. I think next round of propagation, I will use coarse sand in 60 cells propagation trays, see how that work.

The currants and gooseberries are going to be planted all over the hedgerow next season.

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I’ve planted the pumpkins, squash and watermelon into the tractor tire. In the future, I am likely to plant the rooted figs in there as a tight clump, and keep them low.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Amazing sprays of Bishops flower, and tree lucerne growing well. The poppies will now slowly give way to Summer daisies.

 

 

In the blink of an eye, Spring is over, and here we are waltzing into Summer. There’s no late frost, or not frost at all for Spring this year, that’s interesting. Paying more attention to my seed sowing this season helped me to gain a deeper understanding into when to sow. Well, I should only start sowing after Show Day to get the best results when the sowing is done in the open. With plans to modify the greenhouse and build a jumbo cold frame for next season, I might attempt to start some seedlings outdoor under cover.

Just had an eureka moment on a raised bed cover that I can put over a section of the raised beds for sowing direct too. *Quickly sketch it down onto some random piece of paper*

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The weather this week is quite amazing. We had 25mm of accumulated rainfall. Its what we needed as it was quite dry. Had a high of 25.9dC and low of 2.8dC. Some hail and thunder, and more to come later.

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I accidentally broke the fruiting branch of a Cara Cara Orange the other day, and the fruit pretty much needed to be picked. It has really strong color in the flesh, despite not much promises from the outer skin. Though, it has a nice bum typical of sweet eating Navel Oranges. It is definitely not tart, it is sweet!

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Proof that the Bearrs Lime and Yen Ben Lemon is very much alive. The immediate remedial action has been good for the plant, the first shock of a plant that thinks its going to die, is to putting all of its energy into flowering profusely, and I picked off all them before they even resemble any form of a flower bud thus saving the energy, let the plant calm the farm down and put on some foliage buds. They will regrow, and next season go into the modified green house.

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Back to the Subtropical plot, I have double bagged the plants with an extra layer of plastic, salvaged from used compost bags. I’ve started mulching with cabbage leaves, and a colleague at work offered me plenty of spent straw from her chook house. This is sort of a on site composting approach, composting generates heat, and on site composting means that the surface layer will continuously have some sort of hot energy going on. Not only that, composting requires a certain level of moisture, and that means humidity, hot humid energy, just what the subtropical plants need. I am really more into humidity than heat, that’s where my greenfingers instinct is pointing. Humidity, humidity, humidity.

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The proof is in the bacon. This Avocado Bacon has truly come back to life after being hit hard by frost last season thanks to over confident me that did not bother about putting a cover on until, “oh its frosted, let’s put a cover on now”.

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Remember the strawberries twin? Well, they have made good progress, and ready to eat in a couple days time. The strawberries bed have been my after work indulgence. Ripe strawberries, and peas so sweet, yummo! Caesar gets to share in the occasional snack too, he loves them peas, eat them shellout pea whole.

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I’ve attacked the hedge mustard with the bill hook last week. They have started to lignify, makes them harder to cut down, and they don’t break down that quickly anymore.

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The Orchard Cottage this week.

This week has been nice and warm. Gusty and windy at times, one of the apple trees almost blew over but I managed to stake it in time. Seems like pip fruits are not as wind hardy as stone fruits.

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Rainfall this week 9.5mm. High of 30dC and low of 1.4dC. The temperature at the Subtropical plot has read a degree or so higher than the primary station, likely due to it being sheltered from the wind of the North, and more baking heat.

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The subtropicals have all been planted, mulched, and mister setup for each plant.

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Australian Ladyfinger Banana. Very sweet small fruit. Tall, hardy. Productive in Northern NZ. 5m height.

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Goldfinger Banana. New Honduran hybrid. Very sweet, tangy, curved fruit. Hardy and robust. Best flavour of all. Black stem, broad leaves. 3m height.

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Rainbow Valley Paw Paw. Outstanding female mountain pawpaw selection by Joe Polaischer of Rainbow Valley Farm, Matakana. Sweet small fruit, few seeds; uncharacteristically delicious for a mountain pawpaw. Eat raw (skin too) or stewed, in jams, sauces or pies. 4m height.

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Cherimoya Perla. Bred by the Austin brothers of Kaitaia, and the flavour is dominated by a definite pineapple tang. 4m height.

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Yellow Tamarillo. Pure-bred, original mild flavoured yellow tamarillo. White seed. 2.5m height.

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Wild Tamarillo. The original species from Ecuador. Stripey yellow spindle-shaped fruit. Beautiful flavour, less acid than the red form and more complex and rich than the yellow. More disease-resistant species. 2.5m height.

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Passionfruit Sweet Granadilla. Large, gold, sweet fruit. Blue flowers. Handsome vine. Long-lived.

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While we were here at the subtropical plot, which also happens to be in the duck area. All the foraging crops have gone to seed and they are so much taller than me! Plenty of food for the ducks when next season comes around.

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As for me, some broccoli shoots have started to show up. I’ve also been harvesting snow peas for lunch, and ate half of them before they entered the kitchen.

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And I ate my first delicious homegrown strawberry.

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And another off the watering can.

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Now you see it.

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Now you don’t!

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These are Lapin cherries. Will I get to eat them before the birds do?

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Roses have started to flower. This is the Glamis Castle.

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Leander will be my favorite David Austin rose.

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Amazing bloom by Sheila’s Perfume. It’s partner, Red Piccadilly has sadly died, and I am looking forward to replant Perception in its spot.

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I bought this Mammy Blue on impulse purchase. The original intention was to plant it in place of the Red Picadilly, but changed my mind after that. Then, I saw this old tree stump with a hole in it, and chiseled away, hacked a larger hole and plant the rose in it.

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Down to more serious business. My apple grafting project has showed good success. Both grafting in the nursery and in situ at the Belgian Fence has yielded 70% success rate. However, I must note that they are growing stronger and more advanced in the nursery due to a more controlled environment.

Some utter failure, Crabapple Golden Hornet, Crabapple Jelly King and Apple Golden Pippin which is 100% fail. Luckily, all the bought in scionwood have taken.

Now, what do I do with those extras?

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It gets more and more colourful week after week. I’m still waging war with the hedge mustard, I’ve attacked half of them yesterday, and will do the remaining later.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I dropped the lawnmower at Mario’s yesterday, it has a very bad cracked on the chassis, and he has managed to a a patch up welding job on it, picking it up later. I’m thinking of changing the wheels on the lawnmower, not sure how it works, but I had a feeling that they need larger wheels for the rough work I am making it do. Its the same concept as driving through a pothole in a compact car (small wheel) as compared to a larger car (larger wheel). I have sped through potholes in a rental Camry a long time ago and I can’t feel a bump. Come again next week, maybe supersized wheels.

The grass grubs are turning into bronze beetles and have started their mating flights. I have started seeing chewed up foliage among some of the plants. However, I have something up my sleeves, I have started adding neem oil to my fertigation brew a few weeks ago in anticipation of this. If this idea actually works, each bronze beetles will only be able to take a few bites before the neem start working its magic and cause the beetles to stop feeding. Not that I really care much about the damage they do, you can remove all the grass grubs on your patch but more will always drop by from the neighbor’s patch.

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Rainfall this week, 8.5mm. High of 22.8dC, and a low of 1.4dC which happened today. Last night’s storm came through with plenty of rainfall and hail, followed by a cold snap in the morning.

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The forbidden fruits have arrived in temperate Canterbury. Banana Goldfinger, Banana Ladyfinger, Rainbow Valley Paw Paw, Cherimoya Perla, Wild Tamarillo, Yellow Tamarillo, and Passionfruit Sweet Granadilla. And they are not going to be planted in a greenhouse, or be kept indoors. The objective is to keep the plant alive, with the occasional harvest every few years when cosmic events aligned and make it conducive to be a fruitful season. Do take this with an open mind where anything is possible given the right brew. I know, many have tried and failed, yet Einstein didn’t stop trying having himself failed multiple times.

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In the greenhouse, Tomaccio are starting to set. Interesting to notice how the truss set out into a Y-shape.

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So, the little Walnut tree has decided to start flowering this year. They were growing beautifully. When I got them last year, they were just an unassuming whip.

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I guess its time to go out with the bill hook again and start whacking those hedge mustard. I’m going to resow sunflowers again, hopefully today. The last sowing is unsuccessful, with multiple possible indication for failure, one of it being sowing too early. This time, I will pre-soak the seeds, and give them a bit of a mulch.

On the sweetcorn breeding plot, I was amazed by the germination viability of all the pumpkin seeds as I have only sown a seed into each hole and they have all germinated! Some of the watermelon seeds have germinated too, and I have resow some which have yet to come up with pre-soaked seeds.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. The Grape Schuyler is still dormant, I tried bending a cane until it cracks open, the inner stem is still green showing that the plant is still very much alive, but still sleeping?!?!?! I’ve got some more Tree Lucerne to plant out, and time to do a proper record on the apple grafting to see which one is successful and which is not. Hopefully, I’ll have time later to head over to Prices Valley to get some farm hand experience working with lambs.

How hard is it to kill roses? I managed to somehow kill 3 of them. 2 climbing rose, Lydia, which I am not going to replace, and a Red Piccadilly Hybrid Tea, which I will be replacing. I also have a Grape Schuyler which has not waken up from dormancy yet. I wonder…

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Rainfall this week, 5.75mm. High of 24.8dC and low of 0.9dC. Is this as close as it gets or will there be a really late frost after Show Day? The weather has been kind to me again. Just when I wake up in the morning yesterday, it started to pour down. It decided to stop when its time for my morning run.

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All the tomatoes and capsicums are now in the greenhouse. I felt really good about the capsicums as this is the first time I have put so much love and effort into them to get them into such stronger and larger grade before planting out. These are Capicums Rainbow Mix and Capsicums Jingle Belles. I fully intend to save seeds from them and get them localized. From experience with saving seeds with the tomatoes, the localized version always germinate faster and are stronger too. Now, I just need the last lot of basil seedlings to go in between the capsicums.

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In the Strawberries bed, the shellout pea is just ready to bulk up. These dwarf peas are really interesting that they don’t have the usual tendrils. The bonus side to it is that they don’t make a twine-y mess getting all tangled up with the strawberries.

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Siamese twins strawberries.

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The pumpkin seedlings are starting to come up now! With regards to the sweetcorn, I realized that even though I have sown the first few lots, before Labour Day, the color of their foliage don’t look very healthy, and they take a while to come out, most likely due to the still cold weather. Those that I sow after Labour Day are looking far stronger and less beaten up. Something to take into mind next year.

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Good fruit set on the apple trees. I have started thinning them now. Some trees did not fruit though, its probably due to their second flowering last season due to the warmish Autumn and mild Winter.

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I was surprised to discovered this Tagasaste Tree Lucerne is still alive. It was blown down by the wind early Spring, and I decided to cut it back severely to somehow balance the top with whats left intact beneath the soil. It worked, and the tree is going to grow again.

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The first rose of the season!

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The Soldier Poppies are now starting to dot the wildflowers meadow.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Letting things grow.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. I woke up yesterday morning to rain, nevertheless, I am determined to do my morning workout. So, the weather decided to clear up temporarily for me, as I stepped out of the house, it was still drizzling lightly, and by the time I am half way through, it stopped raining. Only to start pouring heavily later.

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Rainfall this week, 26mm. High of 25.5dC and low of 1dC this morning, chance of frost in the morning tomorrow. About time. One of the main gutter on the roof was blocked! I had to borrow the ladder from Rachel, and carried the latter home, a quarter mile? And carried it back to her house after that. As I salvaged stuff from the orchard, I only brought back the smallest and lightest orchard ladder, I should have brought back the 9 stepper too.

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In the garden, the Austin roses are budding up, ready to put on the first show.

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At the same time, the hybrid teas are a feast for the aphids, adults and babies alike. I didn’t spray them, they are going to be predator food.

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Corn cockle started flowering. Looks like the flowers of Mallow. It is now extinct in the wild.

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The second year Moorpark Apricot is going to give me a good crop this year.

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Broccoli for dinner tonight.

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The While Dalmation Grape from Koanga Institute is growing quite rigorously. I’m training it along the bamboo cane.

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I think this is wheat. I like the form of it, compare that to the other grass species. A sort of elegance to it.

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Some good news, the Bearrs Lime is still alive and throwing out new shoots!

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Baby Goji Berry plants.

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I think I might have successfully rooted some MM106 rootstock? These were all from the rootstock I bought earlier in Spring, as I graft, I cut half the lengths off, and kept them.

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More rooting success story. Currants on the left, and plums on the right. They will be going into the forest garden. The plums will go into the Southern hedgerow.

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I saw this at Bunnings today. Its a double grafted tomato! The only reason I bought it is because one of the variety is Sungold, which I wanted to grow this year. The other variety on it is Sweet 100.

Also, Bunnings currently have the cheapest price for good compost at the moment. They are selling Daltons’ 40L compost for $4.69 at the moment. I bought 8 bags, as much as I could fit into my little car. It still smell quite potent, probably has got a little bit more of maturing to do.

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Spot the tractor tyre.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I noticed an abandoned tractor tyre. And I immediately know where I can put it in the forest garden. Now, I can use it as a garden bench too! I have yet to decide what to grow in there. This year though, I’m going to grow pumpkin, squash, and watermelon in there.

Apart from thistles, nettles, and hedge mustard, I’ve also declared war on cleavers and fumitory. Cleavers are nasty, the whole plant are basically masses of tiny hooks, they can’t be weeded bare hand, nor without sleeved protection, I tried, and they latched on to my skin and left a series of micro-punctures with minuscule droplets of blood oozing out. Fumitory, just a rambling nuisance for young plants that are trying to establish themselves.

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Rainfall this week, 6mm. High of 26.9dC and low of 2dC. It was Labour Weekend, and in 2 more weeks, Show Day. Technically, Show Day is the cut off day for late frost, as if nature has got a cut off day, we might have a later than late frost this year?

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This week is weeding week. I have weeded out cleavers of epidemic proportion, and clear out the fumitory that were clambering all over the very young Belgian Fence. The Alder Fence has also been weeded out, now more sunlight, better growth. Coincidentally, I bought a new sickle to get the job done because I can’t find the existing Niwashi sickle. I found it, at the end of the weeding job, smothered by weeds.

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I bought some Basil seedlings to be companion planted in the greenhouse with the tomatoes. I’ll need another punnet and a punnet of dwarf Calendula to companion plant with the capsicums when they do in after Show Day.

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These are seedlings from Papples and Concord Pear. They won’t be true, but it will be very interesting to see what the seedlings of Papples will throw out.

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Coming back from the dead. The very frost damaged Avocado Bacon is putting out new growth again. I wonder if the wind damaged Bearrs Lime will do the same, it is just dying back severely at the moment, a pitiful leafless state.

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More quince this year. I’ll need to figure something out to deal with them. Maybe I’ll just give them away.

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Peas have started flowering. This one here is clambering up the Black Raspberries. It appears that the peas managed to grow well in this corner and not getting bird damage.

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A bumper crop of Blueberries. With the good weather we have had in early Spring, I had a feeling that most early flowering crops will have pretty good pollination by the bees. Depending on how the rest of the season go, might be a good year for stonefruit growers.

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Purple flowering strawberries. I must have transplanted this by mistake into my strawberries bed.

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Te Anau Dwarf Shellout Peas in the strawberries bed. These are interesting, they grow leaflets instead of tendrils.

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More growth from the Pinot Gris, and flower buds have started to form.

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This season, I’m going to do a Brussels Sprouts try out. I’ve tried growing them for 3 years now and have failed miserably. So, I’ve decided to try out all the different variety of non hybrid seeds that I can get my hands on.

  • Fillbasket (Koanga Institute) – Another rare NZ heritage variety from the Harrington Collection. An old Southland variety renowned for its large sprouts and the long harvesting season. Our Grower has been selecting for heavy, reliable cropping and we are very proud to be able to offer you this super rare seed.
  • Drumtight/Tighthead (Yates) – Mid-season, highly productive, producing firm green heads that retain colour and flavour for a long time after reaching maturity.
  • Catskill Improved (McGregor’s) – Catskill plants produce several small, 2-5cm buds along the main stalk. The plant will continue to grow buds until the first hard frost kills the plant. Pinch out the leading shoot when the bottom sprouts are 1-2cm in diameter. This promotes bud development.
  • Mezzo Nano (Italian Seeds Pronto) – Small compact producer of tasty brussels sprouts.Transplant seedlings when approx 10cm. The flavour improves once the frosts kick in. When the sprouts appear remove any base leaves to allow for development. Harvest when small to full appreciate their flavour. Also, try finely shredded sprouts quickly stir-fried in butter and cumin.
  • Long Island Improved (Kings Seeds) – Vertical plants perfect for inter-planting. The formation of sprouts is stimulated by pulling off some of the leaves below each sprout so that the growth is directed to the buds. Complementary to the small garden, an extended season can be prolonged by harvesting the largest buds first. A second crop will result if sprouts are cut neatly from the stem leaving as much of the spur as possible. In fact, a few good plants will yield an abundant crop. Avoid fertilizing with nitrogen.
  • Red Ribs (Kings Seeds) – A novelty purple/red Brussels sprout with a milder nuttier flavour than standard green types. It matures over a long period with colour developing intensity after a hard frost and is retained by cooking in a microwave or steamed in minimal water as colour can be water soluble. Best sown mid to late summer for harvest late winter.

I’ll start them indoors on Show Day, and then another lot mid-Summer perhaps. It’ll be a showdown between 6 varieties, and we shall see which one are more suited for my local bio region.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I’ve got to go now, I’ve volunteered myself to help weeding for Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.

That hedge by the road has not been trimmed for probably more than 5 years. I trimmed it the week before, and I trimmed it again last week, and there’s still more trimming to be done.

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Basically the hedge has grown too tall, too wide. I was at the top of the ladder with a pair of loppers pruning back to where the previous cut back was. Once I done that, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to reach the center of the hedge from the other side. So the hedge, needs slimming down, which will be the next job, before I continue bringing down the height. Those trimmings, on the other hand, will make good mulch for my swales.

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Rainfall this week, 1.75mm. High of 27.7dC and low of 2dC. Noticed I’m now blogging on Thursday morning? I have successfully started on my 4.30am wake up every morning, 7 days a week! And kept up with my 4 days a week workout routine. Feeling pumped~

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This is last season’s guerilla grafting success. Angelina Burdett Plum from Koanga Institute collections. Soft, very sweet dessert, purple skin, yellow flesh. From Red Bluffs Nursery, Warkworth, from the collection of Tom and Robyn Morrison. Over 150 years in Northland. Ripens February. I did a cleft graft on this which I learned at a grafting workshop.

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This is current season’s guerilla grafting. Green tip on one of the scion.

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Apple grafting, these are all done with the omega grafting tool. I’m very pleased that green tips are forming. I was doubtful at first as some of the scions are of smaller caliber than the rootstock, and looks odd with the two omega cuts merging together.

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Most of the tomatoes have been planted out into the greenhouse. They have grown too tall, and without any supporting stakes in the pots, they have reached the point of flopping over.

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The peppers have been potted up further. These will go out into the greenhouse mid-November. Some have started forming the first set of flower buds, which will be pinched off to encourage further bushing out. A few more tomatoes still need growing out.

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In the raised beds, this looks like the start of a broccoli. I don’t really know because I bought a mixed brassica punnet.

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This little Pecan tree is very enthusiastic, the other one is just started to leaf out.

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And this Walnut tree is waking up to a dazzling season.

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Someone got caught selling OZ toms as locals, and of course without irradiation signage. I like the new signage, but I would pay a dollar for that, not four.

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From the far side of the Orchard Cottage this week. Poppies all about, along with Phacelia Lacy. The Red Soldier Poppies are starting to come up too.

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This week at the Orchard Cottage. Another step towards a healthier lifestyle.

As we grow up and get caught up in all that adulthood. How often do we consciously try to reengage with our inner child?

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After last week’s brief moment of childish art. I went out and got the rest of the range. Unfortunately, I don’t think they sell the yellow version of the kids watering can anymore. Strawberry Albion in the green one, Elsanta in the blue and Chandler in the pink one. I use a Coir and Peat mix with plenty of water holding crystals added. The spout of the watering can is where the excess water drains out. I have also sown Rhodochiton Purple Bells in each can.

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1.75mm of rain accumulated this week. High of 22.1dC and a low of 2.2dC. I’m still keeping an eye out for the next heavy rainfall event, got to be ready for potential flood event.

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Without noticing it, it’s already mid-Spring today. And we shall mark it with this dashing tulip specimen. This is totally my type of tulip. The contrasting highlights on the lips makes it stand out strongly.

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Beautiful crimson clover coming through where the Austin roses are.

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The Ebony Raspberries are all flowering. Just can’t wait to fill my mouth with these. I would enjoy black raspberries better than blackberries without all the seeds crunching in my mouth.

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Tasty boysenberries and hybridberries. Yum!

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Goldstrike Apricot has got a nice fruit set this time round. Hopefully I will be able to savor them again this season. These are amazingly delicious apricots! However, one must be careful not to harvest these until the colors are bold orange and not too firm. I have never enjoyed crunchy apricots, nor peaches and nectarines. I prefer them fleshy and fully ripen.

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So this is how figs come about. Very interesting.

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I have started linking the limbs of the three plum tree, Damson, Greengage and Coes Golden Drop. I hope the limbs will naturally graft together in the future. And maybe, just maybe, some sort of graft-chimaera or graft-hybrid will occur.

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Planted the potato seedling grown from aerial seeds. I wonder what sort of potato I will yield from them.

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This is the Orchard Cottage taken from the far corner of the forest garden. Just taking it from a different perspective. I was reading an article today about going to sleep and waking up at a more routine time everyday, and think to myself, how am I going to do it if my work roster is not going to allow that easily?

  • Monday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 11pm.
  • Tuesday – wake up 7am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 11pm.
  • Wednesday – wake up 7am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Thursday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Friday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by… what? It’s the weekends.
  • Saturday – wakes up whenever, sleep whenever. Workout in the morning.
  • Sunday – wakes up whenever, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.

In order to have a better night’s sleep every night. And I quote, “Not only will a stable rhythm of sleeping and waking improve the quality of your sleep, but it will probably also improve the quality of your life.”. So, the new plan after examining it from a different perspective.

  • Monday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Tuesday – wake up 4.30am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning before going to work. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Wednesday – wake up 4.30am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning before going to work. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Thursday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Friday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Saturday – wake up 4.30am, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.
  • Sunday – wake up 4.30am, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.

Am also going to invest in a firmer mattress.

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The forest garden is lush with vegetation and all that wildflowers and Spring bulbs are starting to show off their colors.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Caesar’s curious head on the bottom left.

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