Tag: Orchard

Ripe Apricots

Fruit!

In Australia it’s mid Summer and the fruit is beginning to ripen.  We are not the only ones to notice.  Swamp Wallabies and parrots also have their eye on the crop, and are much faster than we are at taking advantage of ready to eat fruit!  Last year we had bountiful crops that seemed to disappear overnight.   This year,…

Bird-eaten pears

Fallen Fruit: A not-so-happy story

Here the pictures tell the story.  Look at the photo’s I posted last week, and compare them with these.  I don’t think we are going to get much fruit this year.  The fruit trees are only small. From the sharp edged marks in the top of the pears, I think the culprits were parrots.  I dearly love parrots except when…

Plum

Fruit and Vegetables

It has been a long time since I wrote about our vegetable garden and orchard.  Partly this is because I became entranced by our birds and began compiling a species list, and partly it is because there wasn’t a lot to write about. Everything had already been planted – mostly by the previous owners – and it was a matter…

Tiny Green Cherries

Kangaroos and Orchards

When watering the fruit trees in the orchard tonight, I noticed that almost all of the fruit from one tree was gone, and there were telltale droppings beneath the tree.  Richard identified these as kangaroo droppings. I knew we had to watch out for the birds when the fruit grew large and ripe, but these were still tiny and green.…

Packets of vegetable and herb seeds

Growing Food

Our plans for growing food are beginning to take shape.   Eventually, we will have four separate growing areas: 1. Open air vegetable garden 2. Greenhouse for all year round tomatoes, capsicums etc 3. An open air herb garden 4. The fruit orchard. This post documents our starting points for all four areas. See the photo gallery at the bottom of…