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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:10 pm 
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Nearly ripe Tamarillos

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Mango grown from polyembronic Honey Gold seed finally getting to a decent size.

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Cumquat's for the first time this year, I love eating them skin and all straight from the tree.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:24 pm 
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This is the strawberry guava I was given by PLJ showing a fresh flush of growth, bushes in the background are flowering natives to attract bees and birds (the non-fruit eating kind) into the food forest, the red wattle bird can be quite territorial and I am hoping they will move in and chase parrots away to stop them eating my fruit :dunno: .

Strawberry guava might need a friend to cross pollinate with, I am hoping that my two pineapple guavas will do the job but need to do more research :learn:

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Banana passion fruit on the fence near a one sided bottle brush going off this spring.

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This corner of the food forest is for native citrus and other bird attracting natives, also and effective wind break form the cold winter north west winds.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Views of the food forest nearly completely mulched showing the two under storey raised hugelculture potato beds. I have room for 2 or 3 more trees and then I am just going to fill out the under storey levels with fruiting and native bushes and perennial vegetables like sweet potato and asparagus.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Wow. That's a lot of work. But building the infrastructure now rewards much 'fruit' in the future.

Wine?
Jams/Jellies?
Roadside stand?
Immediate consumption?

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Great work Simo! Looks like an elephant moving in from the right, next to the cumquat, watch out.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Wow. That's a lot of work. But building the infrastructure now rewards much 'fruit' in the future.

Wine?
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Roadside stand?
Immediate consumption?


Hey Mr Bill good to hear from you, I've been hanging out to see what you have been up to over the summer I think an update is in order.

All the fruit is going to be for personal use, I have tried to plant varieties that fruit at different times of the year so I will always have something to eat plus I expect to have to share with some of the natives too.

Will definately be preserving too!

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Great work Simo! Looks like an elephant moving in from the right, next to the cumquat, watch out.

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He he! some people pose their pets in their photos, I don't have to, my puppy is a 4 year old 50kg Bullarab named Dollar but I should have called him Shadow because when I am outside he follows me every where and if he sees me trying to take a photo he will sit down in the shot and pose. Quite narcissistic but then again he is very handsome.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Oh was that him Simo?

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:45 am 
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I just drew up a plan of where all the fruit trees in the food forest are so I can remember which are which variety in the future.

When I counted I realised I have over 90 fruit producing trees, vines and brushes :shock: and should have about 100 by the time I am finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Finished? What does that mean?

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Simo, I went through the whole thread. It's absolutely awesome what you did with the place. I have to harass you if I ever get into your area. ;-)

Here in nt we are a little bit restricted in what can be done, our place is nearly flat (200mm slope on 15m), the heat, missing frost for fruit like apples, the monster termites and the 3500mm of rain are coming down in kind of 3 month, in the last 4-5 month we had only 50mm rain all up (35mm of that last week).

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Yep that sound like a challenging environment all right, I hope you have some monster rainwater tanks to get you though the dry.

3500mm of rain in only a few months :ahhh: we only get 750mm and that is in a good year.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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I got a 5 Liter per second bore with very good water quality apart from having a too high ph level of approx. 8.3 which could lead to some issues regarding nutrient uptake. Maybe I should try to get a rainwater tank and try to mix the two water supplies to adjust ph when I get really serious about it.

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Lookin' sensational Simo!

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Boysenberries are starting to flower, hope they taste nice? :joy:

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Inspired by Burnsy i finally bought a soil pH test kit, good news is that my general veggy bed pH is 7.5, bad news is the berry bed where I use pine needle mulch to try and acidify the soil is pH 7.5. Oh well I will probably keep up the pine needles for a few more years to see if they make a difference, might just be a myth.


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