I know it’s been such a long time since my last update and much has happened since then, so lets begin..
To start with, my little orange tree almost died after first planting it, I’m happy to say, it’s all well. The Nectarine is going OK, but really bad leaf curl this year(I even sprayed), anyway, my new project has already begun.
I’ve had an interest in Bonsai’s since I was a kid and now as I approach my 40th birthday, I decided to start a collection/hobby.
So this post will be about the updates and growth of all the garden and my new additions.
The first change to the veggie garden was the 2nd plot was raised as i felt the soil was drying out, so by adding another wood section..
I topped this up with mushroom compost for a small crop of broccoli and now planted with summer crops.
This was the only real change in my whole setup…
The injectors from 2012 are all running as is the whole setup, nothing has broken down apart from the pumps storage tank not holding pressure, which happened about a 1 year ago.
I now use a timer on the pumps power point that turns on the same time as the irrigation controller, this stop the pump pressurizing the tank…
This year i fed all the trees 2 weeks before spring with a slow release fertilizer and again in spring with a mix of trace elements, iron chelates, liquid potassium and a seasol mix, this really boosted flower and fruit production and as well as the injector mixing with chicken manure solution has really made a huge difference.
So now for a few happy shots
The first photo is my poor apple tree where the leader branch snapped from the weight of the fruit, some of the apple were as big as my hand.
Both trees are completely full of fruit flowers…
This is my now healthy orange tree absolutely loaded with forming oranges. Very happy this year as we only got 6 oranges from it last season due to overall health, but they bloody tasted good!!!
The brown turkey fig tree is huge now and after this season, I’ll be trimming it to create more of a bush.
We got about 30 massive figs off it last season
The pear tree is really looking good this year, loaded with little Pears forming, so really happy with that.
Nectarine tree has had a so so start, it’s been hit with leaf curl(I did spray), but this is it’s first full year since been planted and it also got hit with a palm branch that fell down..
As for the garden beds, the first has been planted out with potatoes and tomatoes. The second has corn and melons.
A side note was a disappointing strawberry season last year and the sudden loss of my wild strawberries, I managed to save about 10 plants. So hopefully I have better luck this year. I’ve already been picking some from the main patch(first photo) and around some of the fruit trees.
Garlic is the new BBQ bed is going well and should be really in a month or so
Had a bit of a problem with my blackberries as i cut the old canes after fruiting as you’re meant too, but new canes did not grow until spring, so i might not get any fruit.
Well that’s about it for the veggie garden updates, the next post will be on my bonsai’s and green house
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