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Saturday
Nov152014

Tastes of late spring

Late spring in our food forest garden is all about magnificent Buzza Black mulberries…

Bountiful bananas…

Luscious jaboticabas…

Juicy babacos…

Ripe pawpaws…

Seemingly never ending cherimoyas…

And lots of fruit salads and fruit smoothies!

Reader Comments (6)

Looks delicious! I am a little envious but I know you guys put in a lot of work. Just curious, do you think the permaculture design has helped your harvests - if so, how? And do you get reliable rainfall, or do you irrigate - if so, how regularly? My fruit trees keep hanging in, year after year, not dying but not really producing. I know I didn't really get the design right though.

Just wondering if you can see where your permaculture designed garden, has had the most impact - or if you're still pouring in a lot of inputs to get a harvest?

Enjoy the smoothies! :)
November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Nice looking fruit.
And great to have it at this time of year.
You have inspired me to try growing a Cherimoya and Mulberry tree.
November 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Chris, we don't really put a lot of inputs into our food forest, though many of the trees are irrigated with greywater or water from our rainwater tanks. We did think through the irrigation a lot in our design, even though we do get a about 1,000mm of rain a year, and it rains pretty much all year round, which is great. Very lucky in our climate....we do have areas of our garden though that we don't irrigate, and selected trees suitable to those drier conditions, such as olives. We spent a couple years volunteering at our local community garden before we started our own garden, so that gave us a good idea of what trees are well suited to this area and grow well in what conditions....all trees have different requirements, and we did find it really helpful in designing our garden to think about where the dry areas are, the sunny areas, the windy areas, ect, I think those permaculture design principles have all helped....gardening is a constant learning journey and hopefully though observation you can learn what trees are best suited to your garden under what conditions...not all of our trees have been successful, and if they're not thriving, we get rid of them and try something different! Best of luck!

Thanks Jeff for your comments, good luck with the mulberry (we highly recommend the Buzza Black) and Cherimoya.
November 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterHappyEarth
This is the first year our Cherimoya has flowered. It has been in 4.5 years in Woonona. I am interested to see yours is in fruit in Unanderra and ours is just flowering in Woonona the last few weeks... must be an oddity of microclimates!
November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiesel
Wow, that is an oddity of microclimates Liesel! Maybe the varieties are slightly different too? Interesting! Hope you get lots of fruit from it, they are delicious!
November 20, 2014 | Registered CommenterHappyEarth
Whoa, never seen a Cherimoya, much less expect did I it to exist, I shall fear and respect it.
March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEurosolar

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