It had been a very frosty week with temperature going down to -3dC on most nights. We do need a few good frost to knock back on some bad bugs and get the plants to turn in for the Winter. Well, obviously, not everything likes the frost.

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Let me just do the weekly weather report first. Rainfall this week, 2mm.

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Frosty oxalis.

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Frosty strawberry.

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Frosty mesclun.

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Then… Ohoh! That’s where my subtropicals are supposed to go and its frosted all over. The good news is that the established tree lucerne did provide frost cover, so I just need to wait for the other tree lucernes to establish themselves.

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The Avocado Bacon is quite frosted. Avocado Hass is doing just fine on the other side. Seems like this side needs a bit of temporary protection.

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Defrosted. Not looking very good. Some new shoots are appearing though.

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After some VIP treatment. “Very Important Plant’. I think it will recover. After all, Bacon is hardier than Hass, and the Hass is just chilling away.

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Frosted Tree Fuchsia.

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Maybe this will help?

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On the other hand, the citrus that I have planted on hugelbeds.

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Just cool-as. Tagasaste Tree Lucerne works amazingly as a nurse plant for more vulnerable species.

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If you have watched After Earth (2013), this scene here with 2 Tagasaste Tree Lucerne cradling the NZ Pohutukawa in a rather exposed area and protecting it from the frost, is like the scene where the eagle cover over Kitai to keep him from freezing.

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A bit more planting today. More Tree Lucerne went in on the greater area of the forest garden. Apples, peaches, and prunes will be planted in between them later on. This will form the outer canopy drip line of the nut trees.

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Apparently, some seedlings don’t get frosted. Such tiny thing, and such great resilience.

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Did a bit more fencing. This is 99% complete. It just need a set of gates. This gateway is 2.4m wide, in case I need to get a tractor through in the future? This project can pretty much be put on hold until the ducks come in, in the future. Another season or two to go.


Here’s to a very frosty Winter.