Gardening withdrawals here!

I’m getting withdrawals from not being able to garden.  I don’t have the same trouble with mowing or whippersnipping (strimming.)


I just want to plant something!


I was planning on moving some fruit trees today to a new fruit and nut forest area that we are making just outside the back yard.  I’ll need to section off another piece of paddock from the horses so the plants survive though.

We have 2 apple trees around the house.  A Pink Lady, and a Granny Smith.  The first year they did ok.  The next year there were loads of apples and quite a good size – I was waiting for them to get bigger and perhaps a bit riper, since the year before they’d been a bit tart.  When I came back from a week away there were only two apples left and one of them had a bite out of it!


Last year was not a good year.  The first apples on the tree all dropped off suddenly.  Don’t know why.  Although when I went to buy two more apple trees, I was discussing what type and the man who has an apple orchard recommended Cox’s Orange Pippin because ‘they only grow little apples but they don’t drop off the tree.’  So seems I’m not the only one with the problem.


Out the back now we have.  2 Cox’s Orange Pippin trees.  2 dwarf nectarine/peach multigraft trees.  I’m excited about having multi grafts.  Just a pity they are dwarf.  With 90 acres size is not as problem for us and the dwarf rootstock is not a vigorous as others.  Still hoping for the best.

We’ve planted them above the natural garden level out there so it is a semi-raised bed.  I need to move two plum trees up there.  One jostaberry, and plant the limb the dogs knocked off it nearby and that might make 2  jostaberries.  And the mulberry tree that is struggling away near the back fence.


I’ve been wondering what fruit bushes to put in – all the berries and currants are in the shops but the budget is pretty tight for another few weeks.  So I’ve decided on two raspberry bushes, and maybe a blackberry one if they have a thornless one.  I’ll need to put some obstructive fence into the soil around them to keep them corralled in their area, but that will be a lot of fruit, and they will multiply each year.   I may get a black, white and red currant.  And then next year take cuttings from them to increase the amount I have.


I want a kiwifruit.  I’ve been seeing stories of kiwifruit bushes gone mad.  Taking over backyards, almost grabbing people as they try to sidle past them with the garden clippers.


I fancy a plant like that!


Not because I like being attacked in the garden.  Just because if it’s that vigorous it may be a survivor out here.  If the wind is not coming from the east, its blowing from the west.  If it’s not a 10 year drought, it’s flash flooding.  If it’s not 40+ degrees Celsius, it’s -14 degrees Celsius.  Few plants can tolerate both extremes that we get.  If they don’t cark it in midsummer, they keel over midwinter.

A goji berry.  A cranberry.  I’m hoping I might be able to buy them into spring rather than just in winter.

I’m also going to underplant the area with alpine strawberry seeds.  And capeweed gooseberry seeds.


Towards the end of summer when the sun is not so fierce, I’m planning to put in a couple of hazelnut trees.  And then try an amond tree again.

And I’m going to try a walnut tree – I know they grow massive — but I’m pretty sure that it won’t here.  The ground is rocky underneath a thin layer of good soil so it won’t be going too far at all.


I’ve got two rhubarb crowns and two asparagus crowns somewhere in the remains of the no dig garden.  I’m planning on seeing if I can find them and move them to the new, bigger, herb and veg garden around the front steps.  Last year the pumpkin vines kind of took over and hid all the little plants…………oh the zuchinni was a bit of a terrorist plant too.  No room for diversity with those plants!

The pumpkins will be growing around the side in smaller sections, and the zuchinni……well I might put them over near the flower garden, they can take over and play with the catmint!



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