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When I had an apple tree the apples always had codlin moth. I planted lavender under it, and when I trimmed other lavender plants i tied the trimmings to the apple tree. The codlin disappeared in one season and we had beautiful old fashioned granny smiths - stewed up for breakfast or made into apple pies.
I picked my first 3 eating apples from my winter banana apple tree today and they were so crunchie & tasty - similar to a gala apple. 4 cooking apples from the balarat apple tree for tonights apple pie & 1 cider apple from the slack my girdle apple tree just to see if codling moth had affected it & I'm happy to report back that aside from a few slaters on the top of all of them the insides were all free of damage. Two years of growth...feeling happy as I've never grown an apple tree before. Lets hope that in a few more years the pears & plums will be delicious too!
I was looking through some back copies of Weekend Gardener and came across an excellent article on gardening based on principles of permaculture. It is simply written, very relevant to the home gardener and gives excellent ideas around a holistic approach.
It is vol 306 date: 6.1.2011
Well worth a look. Your local library might have a copy if you dont get this mag.
my broad beans are gettin planted tomorrow
Wow Lynn you into the Broad Beans again - so soon??? I am going to follow your lead and put a few in.
Sun is shining here in the Rangitikei, yay!! Makes everything look so much better. Still the tomatoes are hangin in there, have spinach seeds to plant out waiting for next seed sowing phase. Sunflower was only real casualty from storm now about 4 foot tall instead of 8. Could have been worse.
Sowed more broad beans, did a little weeding (not much needed). Pulled bolting lettuces. Still waiting for some of the heritage tomatoes to produce SOMEthing! Not looking good. Have pulled others, as they're finished or were severely damaged with the storm over the weekend.
Good idea Matt, the winds here yesterday were at least gale force. Luckily limbs etc around here all ok, including mine. Only thing that suffered in my garden was my sunflower which was, was being the appropriate word 8 and a half foot tall. I'm not good with metres in visual.
I have pulled up most of one garden of tomatoes, so not extra storage in my other freezer required as thought. The only tomatoe that has produced was one I bought as a plant from Bristols at Wanganui Market, lots of yellow delish tasting and yellow cherry toms also prolific. Other tomatoes by the house are managing to start colouring without all of that black look fungus, so far so good.
I did manage plum sauce and plum and elderberry jam, and plain plum. Frozen plums, stewed plums and got through all of that from friend and in arrived another bucket of plums from someone else. heheheh Beautiful dark flesh (YUM) Take care now with that wind.
today I'm battening down the hatches in preporation for this storm we are suposed to have takeing down shade sails that I just retwnsioned yesterday tieing back tree and shrub limbs that could break in the wind and covering the chicken run so they are as comfortable as possable. the way things go the winds we are expecting will probable never happen based on the preporation
Well, tomato season is over. Have pulled up about 2/3 of my plants with a few tomatoes to ripen on the remainder. A disappointing season although we got about three lots of relish, one lot of sauce and a constant trickle for salads etc. It feels like autumn is coming in earlier this year.
So it's winter planting time. I have put in three short rows of broc/cauli/cabb. Also put in about 30 leeks. Got ground ready for the next lot today after pulling tomatoes out. I think we are in for a couple of stormy days so hope to get some plants in tomorrow morning.
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