It was 5am in the morning and I was at work getting things ready. It was bloody cold. A checked on the web shows that its -4dC at the airport. No wonder the fingers are freezing. Luckily the work grounds are dry, so there’s no icing on the grounds. Its -1dC at home, in the Subtropical area, that’s a cause for concern. We shall see how the plants fare.

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9mm of rainfall accumulated this week. High of 17dC and cold of -1dC.

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Quite obviously, the bananas are quite frost hammered. It will take a few more days to assess the extend of the damage.

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The paw paws are affected too.

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Yet, this paw paw showed that some of its leaves are not affected.

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The tamarillos are partially affected. The leaves at the top are goners, but the ones in the middle are unaffected.

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The previous photo was on the more exposed side of the plant, but on the part well covered under the tree lucerne is quite unaffected.

So, I can deduce that the tree lucerne canopy concept is working, and the reason the bananas are quite significantly affected because they are still quite out in the open as the other tree lucernes are still young and have not grown densely enough to provide sufficient protection. Also to keep in mind that bananas are the more cold hardy of the collection.

The passionfruits that I have planted underneath a tree lucerne are completely unaffected. And so is the cherimoya.

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Another interesting discovery, these two quite exposed lemon and lime is unaffected. Perhaps, another good frost free spot behind the house to explore. Thinking of a banana circle with a tree lucerne smack in the center to boot. That’s thought for a late Spring project.

  • Banana – Basjoo – 5m – Japanese fibre banana
  • Banana – Pineapple ladyfinger – 5m – Small tangy fruit
  • Banana – Basjoo – 5m – Japanese fibre banana
  • Banana – Misi Luki – 4m – Creamy & sweet
  • Banana – Basjoo – 5m – Japanese fibre banana
  • Banana – Goldfinger – 3m – Very sweet, tangy, curved fruit

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The tree lucernes are doing a good job of sheltering the Southern side of the house against the southerlies.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Crazy ideas borne out of thin air. Keep calm. Keep warm. I am thinking of making one of those Keep Calm posters, mine would say “Keep Calm & Jog On”.

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