Monday, April 25, 2011

It's nearly planting season....

self-sown corn salad
It's been raining all day, although warm.  I've only ventured out to feed the ducks and chooks. But the ground is so perfect for planting right now that I've been dreaming about future planting plans. I do have more than enough to look after as it is but there's still more space to fill.... I've already ordered two apricot trees from Kaiwaka Organics. The two that we inherited have never fruited, and are stunted, one in particular, so they have had their opportunity, and will be replaced this winter. Apricots are not normally grown in our climate (too warm), but these apricots come from Northland, and are in fact named 'Pahi' where they were sourced from. Pahi is a tiny seaside town on the Kaipara Harbour where I lived as an 11 year old for a few months, so have even more appeal. I've also ordered a couple of fig trees 'batley' and 'black'. I have one fig tree here but the fruit isn't particularly tasty, so am curious to see if buying some named varieties makes a difference. I do eventually want to put in a whole lot of fig trees in an area where I can divert some greywater to water them in summer, so it makes sense to grow some, and then later I'm hoping to take some cuttings off ones that do well, so I can plant 20-30 at once for minimal cost.

Someone gave me the 'Edible Garden' catalogue recently, which I have been studiously avoiding. But now that I have a copy to browse while I drink my cup of coffee... I'm sorely tempted by the  'mangamuka greengage' plum. I looked up mangamuka on google maps, and it's another wee place right up north, so should do well here too. Greengage plums have always been something I've loved - we must have had them when we were little Mum? Edible Gardens also have worcestorberries, which I need to research more, but are descibed as a shrub. If they don't need support, then I might try a couple on the edge of my food forest.

In the meantime, we're excited about some plantings from 18months ago which are starting to bear fruit (literally!). This banana is an amazing thing to behold, especially given that all previously consumed banana's have come from south america. We can't wait to try them!

Another fruit from the food forest - I think this is a babaco. At least I hope it is, otherwise it is a mountain pawpaw which I read a while ago wasn't actually worth growing, as the fruit is rather tasteless. 

As soon as the rain stops I'm off to dig some holes. And figure out where I can put in a greengage.


  1. Back home again and doing a blog catch up. The bananas look amazing. It always seems to me that nature is very mathmatical, the way the fruits are arranged and each with its own symmetry. And so abundant too. This year, for the first time, I had too much fruit to deal with but it doesn't stop me looking around for more things that will prosper here. You're right to nip out those apricots that don't produce. Fruit trees are no different from a wardrobe. If they don't work they need to be replaced with things that do.

  2. that's funny miriam - have just been thinking about a wardrobe cull... agree about nature being mathematical, i've always liked that.