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It’s May now. The final month of Autumn. It seemed to blew right past.

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Along with it, plentiful of rainfall, 60mm. A high of 16dC and low of 1dC.

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The Honeynuts seemed to be not ripening up fast enough, so I’m giving it a little bit of help. A frost cloth over it, and the corn stalks bend over the top. Another week or two, hopefully without getting damaged by frost, they will be ripe for harvest.

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Its great that today wasn’t pouring, I’ve been wanting to do a lot of work last week but its just too wet. Most of the apple trees in the Belgian Fence that needs replacing have been replaced. I realized that half the reason the graft did not take is because the rootstock wasn’t able to establish properly in the ground, poor root system. Hence, the grafts that were grown in planter bags grew much strongly.

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Had a problem with drying the sweetcorn for seeds. I left a thin layer of husk on, and that’s a mistake. I put a few cobs in an onion bag to hang dry, and that’s a mistake too, close together, not enough air movement, moldy. Here they are, on a rack, and I am drying them in the oven with the door slightly open everyday. Seeds from each cob will be individually packed, and the cob will be photographed. I’ll do better next year.

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Due to popular request. Or more like mum’s request. I got ginger. The one on the left back, Ginger – Zingiber officinale “Chinese Yellow”. Right front, Ginger – Zingiber mioga “Japanese Ginger”. Despite expert advise that they should be kept indoors, I’ve decided to plant them in the big pots and leave them outside in the berries corner.

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The bamboo fence, will soon be a real live bamboo fence. Bambusa multiplex Alphonse Karr on the left and Bambusa gracilis (Depanostachyum falcatum) to the right. The Alphonse Karr will be able to give me plenty of tall bamboo stakes in the near future.

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Some other work being done at the Orchard Cottage. I’ve put a layer of coarse pebbles onto the driveway. Done the edging with some 2 by 2. More coarse pebbles to come to cover the vege garden. A few reason I use coarse pebbles instead of driveway gravel. Most important of all, they don’t get washed away when it floods. Now, I also have my own foot reflexology path. Its cheaper too.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. A few more things to happen. Some native plantings. Line trimming work. And hedge trimming with the pole pruner to do.

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What a week! That cold snap came through and dropped a lot of sleet and hail all night long.

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That’s 41mm of rainfall there. We have a high of 19dC and a low of 3dC.

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Work continued on the Belgian Fence. I did a stock take on all the grafts that did not take that need replacing, and those that are marginal and will also be replaced if I have healthy backup stock. Overall, they fared quite well and I will have surplus stock to sell and give away.

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I’ve moved the Lemon Meyer and Orange Cara Cara into the half wine barrel out at the back in the subtropical zone. They will do better there in the calmer micro climate.

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The hot spot at the front had a wee bit of rearranging, I’ve moved the blueberries into where the Lemon Meyer and Orange Cara Cara came out. The pots containing raspberries have been reorganized. I’ve also cut back the raspberries entirely and top the pots full with compost.

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The capsicums in the greenhouse is still producing. There’s a brown one waiting to ripen up, and I will save seeds from that. Are these Pepper Jingle Belles or Sweet Bell Pepper Rainbow Mix?

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I did a broadcast of all my old seeds around the duck area, and here’s some broccoli growing wild. There’s a few more around, the brassicas have done very well.

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Things are slowing down and daylight is shortening. I’m mainly focused on carting in pebbles and mulch. And have some bits and pieces of plants coming for next season. I guess I will be planting out the rooted currants and rhubarb next week as well as replacing plants in the Belgian Fence. Some Tagasaste and bird and bee friendly NZ natives from Southernwoods in early May. Two more bambusa to go into the Southern hedgerow as well.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I’m still waiting for the pumpkins to ripen up. I’ve only got one Australian Butternut, which I believe is quite ready, but I will leave it out there and pick it just before the frost. The Pumpkin Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato ran rampant, some are coloring up while the vine is slowly dying back, I’m not sure how many will make it. Squash Honeynut is still quite green, I’m concerned if they will color up in time.

When the pumpkins are in, I can start working on the giant cloche as well, and reconfigure the existing greenhouse.

What happens in Autumn? Daylight savings ends. For the forest gardener, its a time for contemplation, and action.

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The sweetcorn land race project has come to the seed saving phase. After last year’s absolute failure, I figured out I better smarten up, make some changes to the process. Still, some boo boo here and there, but my backup plan works.

 

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I’ve got some Painted Mountain, Rainbow Inca, Early Gem, Golden Bantam, and Silver Platinum.

 

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I peeled off most of the outer husks leaving just one layer of it on, pop them into the oven at the lowest setting with the door slightly prop open for the initial drying. Then they go into onion bags and hang dry, indoors, where it is dry. I’ll probably not back cross Painted Mountain next season. Golden Bantam might be a sweeter candidate compare to Rainbow Inca. I just hope the seeds will germinate next season.

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One of the pumpkins coloring up nicely now, I’ll just leave it out a bit more.

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The grafted apples are being dried out, I’ve stopped the irrigation now, they are just relying on the weather, and start going into dormancy.

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Belgian Fence gets a work on. I totally did not anticipate the need for bamboo stakes, turns out I needed it, and I have plenty of it. It’s looking magnificent at the front.

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I’ve sown a lot of sunflower, and only this came up. Sort of like a consolation prize. I’ll do better next season.

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Borage, somehow, I only know one way to take photos of these, and its like the up skirt method, lol! If anyone know any less perverse way, do enlighten me.

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This Calendula will make a yummy edible flower!

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That’s it at the Orchard Cottage this week. Behind the scene, a lot more is happening. I’ll catch up next week. My weather station has gotten the fever, the temperature sensor has gone wonky. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t, and I don’t know why. All the other sensors are working fine though. Till then, see you again next week.

This week has been nice and warm. Gusty and windy at times, one of the apple trees almost blew over but I managed to stake it in time. Seems like pip fruits are not as wind hardy as stone fruits.

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Rainfall this week 9.5mm. High of 30dC and low of 1.4dC. The temperature at the Subtropical plot has read a degree or so higher than the primary station, likely due to it being sheltered from the wind of the North, and more baking heat.

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The subtropicals have all been planted, mulched, and mister setup for each plant.

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Australian Ladyfinger Banana. Very sweet small fruit. Tall, hardy. Productive in Northern NZ. 5m height.

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Goldfinger Banana. New Honduran hybrid. Very sweet, tangy, curved fruit. Hardy and robust. Best flavour of all. Black stem, broad leaves. 3m height.

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Rainbow Valley Paw Paw. Outstanding female mountain pawpaw selection by Joe Polaischer of Rainbow Valley Farm, Matakana. Sweet small fruit, few seeds; uncharacteristically delicious for a mountain pawpaw. Eat raw (skin too) or stewed, in jams, sauces or pies. 4m height.

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Cherimoya Perla. Bred by the Austin brothers of Kaitaia, and the flavour is dominated by a definite pineapple tang. 4m height.

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Yellow Tamarillo. Pure-bred, original mild flavoured yellow tamarillo. White seed. 2.5m height.

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Wild Tamarillo. The original species from Ecuador. Stripey yellow spindle-shaped fruit. Beautiful flavour, less acid than the red form and more complex and rich than the yellow. More disease-resistant species. 2.5m height.

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Passionfruit Sweet Granadilla. Large, gold, sweet fruit. Blue flowers. Handsome vine. Long-lived.

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While we were here at the subtropical plot, which also happens to be in the duck area. All the foraging crops have gone to seed and they are so much taller than me! Plenty of food for the ducks when next season comes around.

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As for me, some broccoli shoots have started to show up. I’ve also been harvesting snow peas for lunch, and ate half of them before they entered the kitchen.

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And I ate my first delicious homegrown strawberry.

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And another off the watering can.

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Now you see it.

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Now you don’t!

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These are Lapin cherries. Will I get to eat them before the birds do?

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Roses have started to flower. This is the Glamis Castle.

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Leander will be my favorite David Austin rose.

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Amazing bloom by Sheila’s Perfume. It’s partner, Red Piccadilly has sadly died, and I am looking forward to replant Perception in its spot.

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I bought this Mammy Blue on impulse purchase. The original intention was to plant it in place of the Red Picadilly, but changed my mind after that. Then, I saw this old tree stump with a hole in it, and chiseled away, hacked a larger hole and plant the rose in it.

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Down to more serious business. My apple grafting project has showed good success. Both grafting in the nursery and in situ at the Belgian Fence has yielded 70% success rate. However, I must note that they are growing stronger and more advanced in the nursery due to a more controlled environment.

Some utter failure, Crabapple Golden Hornet, Crabapple Jelly King and Apple Golden Pippin which is 100% fail. Luckily, all the bought in scionwood have taken.

Now, what do I do with those extras?

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It gets more and more colourful week after week. I’m still waging war with the hedge mustard, I’ve attacked half of them yesterday, and will do the remaining later.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I dropped the lawnmower at Mario’s yesterday, it has a very bad cracked on the chassis, and he has managed to a a patch up welding job on it, picking it up later. I’m thinking of changing the wheels on the lawnmower, not sure how it works, but I had a feeling that they need larger wheels for the rough work I am making it do. Its the same concept as driving through a pothole in a compact car (small wheel) as compared to a larger car (larger wheel). I have sped through potholes in a rental Camry a long time ago and I can’t feel a bump. Come again next week, maybe supersized wheels.

The grass grubs are turning into bronze beetles and have started their mating flights. I have started seeing chewed up foliage among some of the plants. However, I have something up my sleeves, I have started adding neem oil to my fertigation brew a few weeks ago in anticipation of this. If this idea actually works, each bronze beetles will only be able to take a few bites before the neem start working its magic and cause the beetles to stop feeding. Not that I really care much about the damage they do, you can remove all the grass grubs on your patch but more will always drop by from the neighbor’s patch.

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Rainfall this week, 8.5mm. High of 22.8dC, and a low of 1.4dC which happened today. Last night’s storm came through with plenty of rainfall and hail, followed by a cold snap in the morning.

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The forbidden fruits have arrived in temperate Canterbury. Banana Goldfinger, Banana Ladyfinger, Rainbow Valley Paw Paw, Cherimoya Perla, Wild Tamarillo, Yellow Tamarillo, and Passionfruit Sweet Granadilla. And they are not going to be planted in a greenhouse, or be kept indoors. The objective is to keep the plant alive, with the occasional harvest every few years when cosmic events aligned and make it conducive to be a fruitful season. Do take this with an open mind where anything is possible given the right brew. I know, many have tried and failed, yet Einstein didn’t stop trying having himself failed multiple times.

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In the greenhouse, Tomaccio are starting to set. Interesting to notice how the truss set out into a Y-shape.

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So, the little Walnut tree has decided to start flowering this year. They were growing beautifully. When I got them last year, they were just an unassuming whip.

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I guess its time to go out with the bill hook again and start whacking those hedge mustard. I’m going to resow sunflowers again, hopefully today. The last sowing is unsuccessful, with multiple possible indication for failure, one of it being sowing too early. This time, I will pre-soak the seeds, and give them a bit of a mulch.

On the sweetcorn breeding plot, I was amazed by the germination viability of all the pumpkin seeds as I have only sown a seed into each hole and they have all germinated! Some of the watermelon seeds have germinated too, and I have resow some which have yet to come up with pre-soaked seeds.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. The Grape Schuyler is still dormant, I tried bending a cane until it cracks open, the inner stem is still green showing that the plant is still very much alive, but still sleeping?!?!?! I’ve got some more Tree Lucerne to plant out, and time to do a proper record on the apple grafting to see which one is successful and which is not. Hopefully, I’ll have time later to head over to Prices Valley to get some farm hand experience working with lambs.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. I woke up yesterday morning to rain, nevertheless, I am determined to do my morning workout. So, the weather decided to clear up temporarily for me, as I stepped out of the house, it was still drizzling lightly, and by the time I am half way through, it stopped raining. Only to start pouring heavily later.

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Rainfall this week, 26mm. High of 25.5dC and low of 1dC this morning, chance of frost in the morning tomorrow. About time. One of the main gutter on the roof was blocked! I had to borrow the ladder from Rachel, and carried the latter home, a quarter mile? And carried it back to her house after that. As I salvaged stuff from the orchard, I only brought back the smallest and lightest orchard ladder, I should have brought back the 9 stepper too.

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In the garden, the Austin roses are budding up, ready to put on the first show.

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At the same time, the hybrid teas are a feast for the aphids, adults and babies alike. I didn’t spray them, they are going to be predator food.

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Corn cockle started flowering. Looks like the flowers of Mallow. It is now extinct in the wild.

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The second year Moorpark Apricot is going to give me a good crop this year.

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Broccoli for dinner tonight.

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The While Dalmation Grape from Koanga Institute is growing quite rigorously. I’m training it along the bamboo cane.

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I think this is wheat. I like the form of it, compare that to the other grass species. A sort of elegance to it.

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Some good news, the Bearrs Lime is still alive and throwing out new shoots!

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Baby Goji Berry plants.

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I think I might have successfully rooted some MM106 rootstock? These were all from the rootstock I bought earlier in Spring, as I graft, I cut half the lengths off, and kept them.

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More rooting success story. Currants on the left, and plums on the right. They will be going into the forest garden. The plums will go into the Southern hedgerow.

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I saw this at Bunnings today. Its a double grafted tomato! The only reason I bought it is because one of the variety is Sungold, which I wanted to grow this year. The other variety on it is Sweet 100.

Also, Bunnings currently have the cheapest price for good compost at the moment. They are selling Daltons’ 40L compost for $4.69 at the moment. I bought 8 bags, as much as I could fit into my little car. It still smell quite potent, probably has got a little bit more of maturing to do.

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Spot the tractor tyre.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I noticed an abandoned tractor tyre. And I immediately know where I can put it in the forest garden. Now, I can use it as a garden bench too! I have yet to decide what to grow in there. This year though, I’m going to grow pumpkin, squash, and watermelon in there.

That hedge by the road has not been trimmed for probably more than 5 years. I trimmed it the week before, and I trimmed it again last week, and there’s still more trimming to be done.

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Basically the hedge has grown too tall, too wide. I was at the top of the ladder with a pair of loppers pruning back to where the previous cut back was. Once I done that, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to reach the center of the hedge from the other side. So the hedge, needs slimming down, which will be the next job, before I continue bringing down the height. Those trimmings, on the other hand, will make good mulch for my swales.

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Rainfall this week, 1.75mm. High of 27.7dC and low of 2dC. Noticed I’m now blogging on Thursday morning? I have successfully started on my 4.30am wake up every morning, 7 days a week! And kept up with my 4 days a week workout routine. Feeling pumped~

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This is last season’s guerilla grafting success. Angelina Burdett Plum from Koanga Institute collections. Soft, very sweet dessert, purple skin, yellow flesh. From Red Bluffs Nursery, Warkworth, from the collection of Tom and Robyn Morrison. Over 150 years in Northland. Ripens February. I did a cleft graft on this which I learned at a grafting workshop.

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This is current season’s guerilla grafting. Green tip on one of the scion.

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Apple grafting, these are all done with the omega grafting tool. I’m very pleased that green tips are forming. I was doubtful at first as some of the scions are of smaller caliber than the rootstock, and looks odd with the two omega cuts merging together.

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Most of the tomatoes have been planted out into the greenhouse. They have grown too tall, and without any supporting stakes in the pots, they have reached the point of flopping over.

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The peppers have been potted up further. These will go out into the greenhouse mid-November. Some have started forming the first set of flower buds, which will be pinched off to encourage further bushing out. A few more tomatoes still need growing out.

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In the raised beds, this looks like the start of a broccoli. I don’t really know because I bought a mixed brassica punnet.

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This little Pecan tree is very enthusiastic, the other one is just started to leaf out.

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And this Walnut tree is waking up to a dazzling season.

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Someone got caught selling OZ toms as locals, and of course without irradiation signage. I like the new signage, but I would pay a dollar for that, not four.

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From the far side of the Orchard Cottage this week. Poppies all about, along with Phacelia Lacy. The Red Soldier Poppies are starting to come up too.

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This week at the Orchard Cottage. Another step towards a healthier lifestyle.

As we grow up and get caught up in all that adulthood. How often do we consciously try to reengage with our inner child?

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After last week’s brief moment of childish art. I went out and got the rest of the range. Unfortunately, I don’t think they sell the yellow version of the kids watering can anymore. Strawberry Albion in the green one, Elsanta in the blue and Chandler in the pink one. I use a Coir and Peat mix with plenty of water holding crystals added. The spout of the watering can is where the excess water drains out. I have also sown Rhodochiton Purple Bells in each can.

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1.75mm of rain accumulated this week. High of 22.1dC and a low of 2.2dC. I’m still keeping an eye out for the next heavy rainfall event, got to be ready for potential flood event.

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Without noticing it, it’s already mid-Spring today. And we shall mark it with this dashing tulip specimen. This is totally my type of tulip. The contrasting highlights on the lips makes it stand out strongly.

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Beautiful crimson clover coming through where the Austin roses are.

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The Ebony Raspberries are all flowering. Just can’t wait to fill my mouth with these. I would enjoy black raspberries better than blackberries without all the seeds crunching in my mouth.

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Tasty boysenberries and hybridberries. Yum!

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Goldstrike Apricot has got a nice fruit set this time round. Hopefully I will be able to savor them again this season. These are amazingly delicious apricots! However, one must be careful not to harvest these until the colors are bold orange and not too firm. I have never enjoyed crunchy apricots, nor peaches and nectarines. I prefer them fleshy and fully ripen.

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So this is how figs come about. Very interesting.

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I have started linking the limbs of the three plum tree, Damson, Greengage and Coes Golden Drop. I hope the limbs will naturally graft together in the future. And maybe, just maybe, some sort of graft-chimaera or graft-hybrid will occur.

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Planted the potato seedling grown from aerial seeds. I wonder what sort of potato I will yield from them.

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This is the Orchard Cottage taken from the far corner of the forest garden. Just taking it from a different perspective. I was reading an article today about going to sleep and waking up at a more routine time everyday, and think to myself, how am I going to do it if my work roster is not going to allow that easily?

  • Monday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 11pm.
  • Tuesday – wake up 7am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 11pm.
  • Wednesday – wake up 7am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Thursday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Friday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by… what? It’s the weekends.
  • Saturday – wakes up whenever, sleep whenever. Workout in the morning.
  • Sunday – wakes up whenever, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.

In order to have a better night’s sleep every night. And I quote, “Not only will a stable rhythm of sleeping and waking improve the quality of your sleep, but it will probably also improve the quality of your life.”. So, the new plan after examining it from a different perspective.

  • Monday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Tuesday – wake up 4.30am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning before going to work. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Wednesday – wake up 4.30am, work 8.30am to 6pm, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning before going to work. 2x One Square Meal on the drive home for dinner, and a bottle of Guinness to finish the night off.
  • Thursday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Friday – wake up 4.30am, work 6am to 3.30pm, sleep by 8.30pm.
  • Saturday – wake up 4.30am, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.
  • Sunday – wake up 4.30am, sleep by 8.30pm. Workout in the morning.

Am also going to invest in a firmer mattress.

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The forest garden is lush with vegetation and all that wildflowers and Spring bulbs are starting to show off their colors.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Caesar’s curious head on the bottom left.

The gutsy wind tends to annoy the hell out of me. It limits outdoor activities, not that it stopped me from going for my morning run this morning, some projects had to be held off. I kept waking up at night to the howling wind. I think I might consider switching bedroom in the future, but I’ll have to paint the other room first.

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This Tree Lucerne got blown over. The high winds on Monday did a good defoliation job on the Lemon Yen Ben and Lime Bearrs that I was growing in a pot and decided to let them hang out outside. Same to the coffee plant that had the younger leaves shredded. Top recorded wind speed on Monday was 51.5kmh. I need my shelters.

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The weather this week, 0.3mm of rain accumulated. High of 22.7dC and a low of -1.4dC.

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Look at that Belgian Fence! It took me a whole day to get all the grafting done. I figured that in the future, if I come across more ancient varieties, I can always modify the Belgian Fence planting to be doubles, meaning there will be two different varieties off a single stock, at the Y intersect.

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Half of them grafted onto rootstocks in planter bags. I can only hope for a 50% strike rate.

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Don’t believe it when peaches and nectarines varieties were advertised as leaf curl resistant. This season, I’m going to try something different. I’m not going to remove any curly leaf. Maybe leaving it on will trigger the plant to produce some internal chemical or biological reaction. Like us falling sick and the body produces its own antibody to combat sickness.

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The shellout pea that I sown in the strawberries bed. Its got very interesting smaller leaf offshoots. I’ve never seen anything like this before.

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The sweetcorn project is slowly starting up with this little seedling corn popping through the compost bag. 4 more weeks of sowing to go. The pumpkin, squash, and watermelon seeds will be sown on Labour Day. The beans sowing cycle will also start then.

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Apricots flowering. Beautiful white flowers. Somehow, apricots seem to be very prone to silver leaf disease. One of them on the West fence has got it, and I had to pruned some of the branches out. Maybe I’ll try hammering a copper nail into the tree. On the other hand, I hope its just false silver leaf disease. True silver leaf disease will have dark stain in the wood when cut.

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The bluebells have started flowering in the forest garden. They are so small, so tiny, so easily overlooked. I hope they will divide well into enchanting masses.

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Caesar loves eating grass. Or at least, lawn clippings.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. I’ve been doing my due diligence giving those thistles a good hoe. I’ll also need to get a billhook to rid myself of those wild mustard weed. I can’t find my Niwashi Shark, its gone missing. Hence, I’m upgrading myself to a Fiskars Brush Hook X3, a reminiscence of my younger years out hiking in the bush with a parang (machete) as a sidearm. We used it to make chopsticks in the jungle for our instant noodles.

Last week, I had my rootstock drama. This week, I’m happy to say that it has been resolved! Tomorrow, I’ll be digging 52 holes, 48 along the Belgian Fence, and 4 more in the forest garden. The other 48 rootstocks will be in PB5 planter bags. That’s 100.

Here’s the grafting list (required/graft):

  1. Crabapple Golden Hornet (6/9)
  2. Crabapple Gorgeous (6/9)
  3. Crabapple Jack Humm (6/9)
  4. Crabapple Jelly King (6/9)
  5. Crabapple Wrights Scarlet (5/8)
  6. Mayflower (1/3)
  7. Willie Sharp (1/3)
  8. Winesap (1/3)
  9. Captain Kidd (1/3)
  10. Tan Montgomery (1/3)
  11. Alfriston (1/3)
  12. Kaituna (2/3)
  13. Ataahua Alpha (1/3)
  14. Ataahua Beta (1/3)
  15. Golden Pippin (1/2)
  16. Golden Reinette (1/2)
  17. Api Rose (1/2)
  18. Glockenappel (1/2)
  19. Rhode Island Greening (1/2)
  20. Devonshire Quarrenden (1/2)
  21. Ribston Pippin (1/2)
  22. Ralls Janet (1/2)
  23. Blenheim Orange (1/2)
  24. Reinette Du Canada (1/2)
  25. Norfolk Beefing (1/3)
  26. Keswick Codlin (1/3)
  27. Foxwhelp (1/3)

The plan is to do cleft graft for all the insitu rootstocks, and the ones in planter bags will be done with the omega tool. The rootstocks will be planted tomorrow, and the grafting will be done next week. I’ll need to get a few bags of sawdust and black electrical wiring tape ready for the big day. And pray for good weather, current weather forecast for next Wednesday is clear!

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The weather this week, 13mm of accumulated rainfall. High of 22.7dC, and low of 1.2dC. The outlook is still quite mild with no sign of frost yet.

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I have refreshed 2 of the raised beds that I attempted to grow veges for over-Winter. Each of the raised beds have a 20L bag of crusher dust and 30L of coarse vermiculite added to it. I have finally decided to add vermiculite to the raised bed mixed as a means of water retention and most important of all, aeration.

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Asparagus woohoo!

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Spotted this lovely calendula in an unexpected place. I have decided that soft brown sugar makes a very good seed coating, as inspired from Nourishment Home Grown. What I have done when I decided to over sow the forest garden with lucerne and crimson clover, is to pour the seeds into a bucket, and then add just about the same amount of soft brown sugar in, shake it up, then mist it lightly, and shake it up again, before thinning it down with compost, and broadcast into the forest garden.

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Tried to take a selfie with a horse. I might take horse riding lessons next season.

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The Orchard Cottage this week. Everything’s moving.

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