>Summer fruiting

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I’ve written about our garden before (last April, actually), and this is a bit of an update. Many of the fruit trees and berry bushes were only planted last year, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the productivity of a few of them already. Others, such as the nashi pear and apple trees, are yet to hit their stride. The raspberries last year were magnificent, but this year have been a bit disappointing (they were frazzled off by the heat just when the pendants of flowers were turning to fruit). The raspberry canes have been rhizoming (is that even a word?) all over the garden, and we’ve given away quite a few of them. They’re the thornless variety, and oh-so-delish.

The apricots and nectarines are beautiful for first year crops, and we have had fresh-picked stone-fruit for a couple of weeks now. First week or so were the apricots (see luscious pics below), then the nectarines (which we’re still finishing off now). Now that I think about it, I should’ve taken a pic of a cut open fruit, but I think ravening hordes consumed them almost as soon as they hit the kitchen bench.

Apricot tree in the front yard –
ripe pickin’.

Picture perfect fruit.
Just looking at them again
makes me drool.

Mmm. Juicy, sweet, ideal texture.
Can’t wait till next year’s crop.
We’ve also had a few bunches of grapes start up on our very young vines. Not at all sure of the taste/sweetness, but little E. can attest that eating them right now is a very bad idea…
Grapes set + not ready to go…
We’ve been having:
  • regular harvests of chives, kaffir lime leaves, Vietnamese mint, oregano, strawberries (mostly by E., directly into her mouth), and flat-leaf parsley;
  • occasional crops of capsicum; and
  • one gorgeous crop of broad beans.

Our first crop of broad beans,
shucked and silky green.
Things that haven’t worked out as well: tomatoes (they’re tasty but buggy – please advise…), pumpkins (they took over the yard with glorious vines and shaggy leaves but never really produced full fruits), and brussel sprouts (absolutely ridden with cabbage-moths – our bad. We should’ve doused the plant and surrounds with garlic spray or similar).
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6 thoughts on “>Summer fruiting

  1. oanh 04/02/2010 / 8:33 pm

    >So jealous of your most excellent backyard orchard! My father's garden is fruiting in riotous abandon – loads of dragon fruits – and here I am in the coldest, fallowest months of the northern hemisphere. (do you hear the violin strings?)Those broadbeans look especially lovely!

  2. tseen 05/02/2010 / 10:00 am

    >Most of the fruit trees are actually in the FRONT yard, along with the full-on cactus+succulent garden. Everyone knows our house because of the cacti. S. ran out of space for fruit trees in the backyard, plus the front yard gets way more sun (because the monster houses on either side of us [SIGH] can't cast a shadow over them…). I do wish we could get our lemon tree going; the poor thing has leafy boughs but no fruit.

  3. Eurasian Sensation 09/02/2010 / 5:58 am

    >Damn, I'm jealous. I can grow vegies but fruit has so far eluded me, for the most part. Something always eats them before I can get a taste.But around half my dinner each day is coming from the garden these days, which I'm happy about. Trying to grow okra and 4-angle-bean at the moment, without much success.Regarding your lemon tree Tseen, it may be about applying fertiliser at the right times. I believe the dude from Gardening Australia said that you shouldn't fertilise them when they are flowering, as that results in nice leaves but no fruit.Or I could have it backwards…

  4. tseen 10/02/2010 / 9:38 am

    >Chris – We've had a few creepy crawlies in our tomatoes, and the birds were starting to get stuck into the nectarines, but the apricots were _perfect_. Fingers crossed for next year!Half a dinner every day is a fabulous standard. It's actually v. difficult (I think) to become anywhere near self-sufficient with a suburban garden. Those lifestyle shows make it sound all too easy… *shakes fist at Better Homes and Gardens*Thanks re lemon tree. It's true what you say. I think the poor thing's just a tad sun-deprived and hasn't had much care in the past few years. We're hoping to turn it around.

  5. Eurasian Sensation 26/02/2010 / 12:12 am

    >By the way, if your pumpkin plant doesn't bear fruit, did you know you can eat the leaves? Only the young ones though, the older ones are rough and bitter. They are a favourite in parts of Indonesia, and Africa as well.Chopped and cooked into a stew, it's not unlike silverbeet. We Indos might use coconut milk for the gravy, while Zimbabweans do a tasty sauce made from tomatoes and peanut butter.

  6. tseen 27/02/2010 / 10:02 am

    >A very cool idea, Chris. Why I "ES" you in one comment and Chris you in another is anyone's guess…anyhoo: I'd love to try out the pumpkin leaves but they were struck down by that pervasive mildewy stuff after the rain a while back. We did have another plant spontaneously erupt from another vege bed but I told my partner to pull it out (eek) b/c it shaded the herbs too much. Will keep it in mind!

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