Monday, January 28, 2013

Life on the farm

The vegetable patch is very average this year - only one zucchini plant survives, onions stolen by currawongs, tomatoes very very slow in ripening.  But the watermelons are doing well.  Look at this fruit - the size of a 10c coin.  Call me an optimist?

 These blackwood (acacia melanoxylon) seeds are what are hanging in the netting, below.

Friday, January 18, 2013


As the trees have grown in the netted orchard, so the micro-climate has changed.  There's enough bulk now to provide a buffer against the strong generally cold southerly winds.  Plus, one cannot forget, it really does appear that the weather/climate is changing - a few years ago the heat was in early March, then from about four years ago it was during February, and this year the heat has struck early in January.  Hopefully over time the fruit trees will adapt to the changes and will continue to produce delicious fruit.

These are our first apricots.  The previous owner planted an apricot tree which never produced and we pulled out.  This is a moorpark.  Initially we doubted the fruit would be any good; it was covered in hard brown spots.  Doesn't look too bad now, does it? 

These plums are so pretty as they ripen. Think they are a prune ziegler.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Could there be a problem with the soil?

I thought the soil had been well tilled - and obviously some of it was. But what's the issue with the four weird carrots between the almost "correct" veg?

Wonder who s/he's waving at.  S/he was very patient as I stalked it for a reasonable shot - made difficult by the large amount of foliage.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Green orbs of deliciousness

This month's delivery of avocados have arrived - they are Reed avos this month, picked only a couple of days ago by the owners of Barham Avocados
Do yourself a favour - buy direct from growers - you get great produce and they get well earned income.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


These were hanging around in the blueberry orchard. To my mind there are only a couple of benefits picking blueberries - eating them as they ripen, and watching the wildlife around you.  You need to click on the image to see how truly amazing the top spider is.

And once again, the hydrangeas look amazing - although probably not after today's excessively high temperature.