Day 3 of Spring

I was on the LSB forum where some guys were talking about taking the frost cloth off their citrus since Winter is over, I was like, what frost cloth? This very un-Winter meant that I got away with not putting frost cloth onto any of the citrus at all. Either I am very good at choosing a good planting spot or I am just plain lucky. The chilled out bananas are recuperating in the sun room. At this stage I am starting to harden them up over the weekends to get them ready for the great outdoors again. This is done by opening all the windows in the room for the breeze to come in.


The Olive & Guava fence is now completely mulched over. That was done last week, I managed to beat the weather to it. I guess keeping the front fence tidy helps to tone down the extremities that is happening within the depths of the property.


Here’s another photo of the Mandala Garden. The Satsuma Mandarins have all been planted. The last of the grapes have arrived and planted. Dwarf comfrey planted. Daffodils planted. Some companion plants seeds have been sown.

Ever thought of using a large bale of straw as a platform in the forest garden to do some yoga?

Next week, I’ll build the gate. And try to finish off the edging. And bring some mulched in to cover the outside edge.


Full on planting yesterday. More than 40 trees have been planted over the weekend. And mulched. Above is the peaches and nectarines guild companion planted with blackcurrant, redcurrant, and gooseberry. The closest one are red leaf varieties. The one in the middle are mainly some special heritage varieties. The furthest one are flattos. Legend has it that the Chinese Emperors preferred the flat fruit as the juice would not drip into their beards.


That’s the main forest garden. Just irrigating at the moment to water the newly planted trees in and the freshly sown seeds down.

We should be ready for ducks come Summer. Caesar has been very good at cat patrol at the moment. Some cat had one of its nine life forfeited yesterday as Caesar managed to pull it down from the fence while it tried to jump over the fence, have a bit of a spat before it jumped out successfully.


Almonds are all in, and I’ve lined the Mandala Garden side with more blackcurrants. Mostly rooted cuttings that I have potted up earlier.

Almond Monovale is leafing out already. Facebook showed me photos of year earlier, in the orchard, the peaches and nectarines are already in full bloom. Around here, the plums just started flowering.


That’s nectarine showing bud movement. I’ve always struggled to take macro shots on the phone but with the new lens attachment it is just a walk in the park now.


The new arrivals. Blueberries, bud burst. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with blueberries this time with all the special treatment I have already given them.


This, in time, is going to be a stunning flower.

So I figured, next week, I’m going to spread a cubic meter of mulch on the outer edges of the Mandala Garden. Build one of the gate to the Mandala Garden. Do some weeding around the Summerfruit Lawn. Continue working on the edging on the inner pathways of the Mandala Garden. Sow the Siberian Pea Shrub seeds that I am scarifying at the moment. And probably spray some seaweed onto the trees.


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