So, the rootstocks arrived, not on Thursday, but Friday, and I managed to get them all planted after work, just in time before the setting sun cast its last ray of light into the valley. We are on schedule for grafting tomorrow. Plus the crazy weather on Monday gave the soil a good Spring drenching too.

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14mm of rain has accumulated this week. We have a high of 21.4dC, which is today, and yesterday, and a low of 0.1dC.

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I discovered this pretty daffodil yesterday, unlike the other singles, this is a more fancy type.

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However, I prefer the ones with smaller flowers, more petite looking ones. They appear more balanced, compared to those bred to have larger flowers.

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And some frilly tulips. Lots of tulips popping up in the garden now.

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Checking on the apricots, some fruit set. The Goldbar and Goldstrike variety tend to have lighter fruit set. Commercially, less thinning work to be done.

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I’ve upgraded the citrus in the hugelkultur bed with “weedmats”. Something, either Caesar or the rabbit kept meddling with the rootzone of the citrus plants. Surprisingly, they managed to cope well, but something needs to be done in order for them to thrive. I found a piece of shadecloth in storage and decided to repurpose it into weedmats. It should now protect the rootzone from nosy creatures.

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The poor Tangor had smoldering wood ash tipped onto it a few weeks ago, it melted a hole in the tree guard, and something have almost ringbark the plant. I applied aloe vera onto the bark and wrapped it up with grafting tape, hopefully it will heal in time. Also gave it a good cut back as the tops have started to wilt.

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This Tree Fuchsia came back from the dead and survived the Winter!

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The vegetable garden received another upgrade.

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The path in between the raised beds are getting a layer of pebbles. A few benefits, it increase the heat level, reduce the need to mow and trim the area which is not easy, no more soggy ground. I have contemplated using bark which is cheaper. However, it might get washed away in a flood event.

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Tomatoes and peppers continue hanging out on the kitchen counter. Some of them are in much larger pots now. Something different this year with the tomatoes, instead of having two leaders from each plant, I decided to have two plants of a same variety in a planting hole. So far, they are doing good sharing the same pot, I’m sure they will be fine once they go into their final spot. It gives me two sets of a variety to choose which one to save seeds from.

In the meantime, the potted lemon, lime and coffee is going to be staying outside for a while. They have a tendency to be host to aphids, which spread on to the seedlings.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Exponential growth.

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