How did I fair?

virtually free orchard

The 2014 Tally – 359 in total!!! Not exactly 365 but not a bad effort in my opinion.

Nuts
Walnut 2
Macadamia (shop) 1
Macadamia (Nat’s house) 4
Chestnut 2
Almond 3
Pecan 5

Stonefruit
Golden Peach 1
Laetitia Plum 2
October Sun Plum 1

Vines
Large Black Passionfruit 7
Mrs D’s Passionfruit 7
Green Kiwifruit 15
Kiwiberry 15
Large Red Globe Grapes 2
Banana Passionfruit 1

Pears

Unknown 2
Packham 11
Ya 8
Richmond Shop 1
Nashi 1
Paradise 3
Crystal 1
Yum Coles Pear 1

Apples

Fuji 7
Red Delicious 6
Crimson Glow 3
Unknown 2
Ginger gold 2
Sundowner 2
Green Star 2
Royal Gala 5
Jazz 3
Kanzi 2
Pink Lady 7
Granny Smith 1

Mango

Champagne 1
Pearl 2
Honey Gold 9
Unknown (Kensington/calypso) 3
Keitt 2
Citrus

Kalamansi 10
Valencia Orange 10
Honey Murcott Mandarin 3
Afourer Mandarin 1
Shop Mandarin (?Imperial) 5
Dad’s Lemon 15
Hickson Mandarin 2
Park Grapefruit 8
Unknown (?imperial mandarin) 5
Shop Lemon 3
Ruby Grapefruit 1
Kaffir Lime 13

Avocado

Unknown 1
Reed 2
Hass 11
Shepherd 10

Others
Starfruit 3
Lychee 2
Custard Apple 4
Curry Tree 2
Quince 3
Papaya 50
Fuji Fruit 8
Paw Paw 20
Indian Guava 10
Loquat 2

apple isle

This is my Apple Aisle. The apples were great achievers, putting on tremendous growth in comparison to their seed size. I can’t wait to see their vigor next season once they are planted out and their little roots have more room.

kiwifruit

The Kiwifruit and Kiwiberry were amongst my biggest surprises at ease of germination. I’m looking forward to seeing them scrambling over my currently unused fences.

Laetitia plum future aquaponics shade

The Laetitia was my favourite plum to eat and I have planted it out next to my aquaponics tanks. I hope it will provide shade so that I will be able to keep my trout happy for longer in our hot season.It is also in a great place for watering from the aquaponics. Its going to love that.

I was a little disappointed at the stonefruit. I failed to cold scarify my seeds, thinking our winter would be cold enough, but we had a warm one this year. So I am keeping some seeds to refrigerate for next spring. In particular my red and white cherries.

Ode to Granny Smith

Granny Smith lived in the Newcastle Region of the East Coast of Australia. She planted an apple seed and the resulting seedling was a vigorous-growing green, tart, crisp apple which has become one of the world’s top sellers. Its my son’s favourite apple and he brought this seed home from school in his pocket after he ate a Granny Smith apple for lunch that day.

Mangoes et al

This is Mangoville. Some of the mango seeds I planted produced 5 seedlings each. I am keen to see the difference in the fruit between seedlings of one seed.

Reed Avo hit the ground running

The Reed Avocado is the largest available to us in Sydney. The seed is also large and gave the seedling a great start. Avocados really really dislike boggy conditions so I have raised this one and irrigated it. It is in a yard with ducks, chooks and geese so I think it is of to a good start.

Pear seedling from 4 years ago

Not part of the project but this is a seedling pear tree (foreground) I planted around 4 years ago. It has survived a mowing, grazing animals, frost and drought. Protected better now, it is thriving.

I don’t really have a resolution for 2015 but I’m addicted to edible tree seed planting and there are so many varieties I’m yet to plant. I also need to get all of these into the ground and look after them. I am aiming to get a house cow, a goat and some pigs, some bees (native and European) and get my soil garden going again as I have missed it. Aquaponics is providing me with more than enough greens and fruit like cucumber, tomato and capsicum but I miss growing potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic. That’s where the cow comes in. I need on-site cow poo.

I will keep this blog open so I can provide updates on the trees as they mature and fruit. It just doesn’t get much better than this. I encourage everyone to plant a seed. Just stick it in a pot and care for it, its really not difficult and is inexpensive. It will add to the world’s diversity and you never know, with a bit of luck you may end up with a winner just like Granny Smith.

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2 thoughts on “How did I fair?

  1. You have free labour over here to help you plant. I’m free after this week, so let’s start digging that veggie patch! I’ll bring the goats cheese I made, yum.

    P.s mark said awesome results on the seed planting, so close!

  2. Brilliant Carolin 😊 can’t wait to one day come and see your family, home and of course your wonderful tress and garden 😀 xx

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