Saturday, January 19, 2013

Evening Walk around the Food Forest

I've been spending a bit of time in the last couple of weeks in my food forest. I also, I must confess, have had some help from a couple of German backpackers - weeding and mulching mostly. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ground is still reasonably moist in most areas, enough that I have even done a little planting.

More areas are starting to look how I always imagined it. 

Pomegranate
...pomegranate flower...
 ...and pomegranate fruit! very excited! Hoping they have enough time to mature - 
need 5-7 months, and a hot summer. 

My soapwort plant is growing well. It has pretty flowers as a bonus. If I was really thinking I would have planted it next to the hose. Apparently you can crush the leaves and they will lather slightly, they have high levels of saponins. Will defiintely be collecting the seed to grow more, mainly because this idea has high appeal.  When the plant is bigger the book says you can divide as well.

My two tamarillos are doing well too. This is the first success I have had with these. I must have planted about five previously that all succumbed very quickly to powdery mildew. These have had a bit of mildew, but they have come through it okay. Have mulched them with heaps of horse manure. 

The red yarrow is adding a bright splash of colour - should really be called pink yarrow, rather than red. 

Also enjoying the white yarrow. I must pick some and see if it lasts in a vase. 

Bunching onions thriving, going to grow a lot more of these. 

One moan - surely an unripe persimmon does not taste that nice, even to a pukeko? Need to do some netting even though these are a long way off being ripe. 

The year for figs I think. Everyone is talking about laden trees. Certainly the most fruit my tree has ever had on it. 

My two new figs are establising themselves. They are planted in the toughest area  - mostly solid clay on this bank, at the top of the food forest (behind is a hedge of elderflowers, disguised by weeds). Have constructed a temporary retaining wall (bamboo stakes and manuka twigs), to stop the mulch from heading down the hill onto the path. 

 Angelica

One of my favourite flowers, these are from the 'rainbow valley' pawpaw

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