It been a pretty good end to the year. Hard work and persistence has paid off. Finally. Our herb garden is better than ever, beans have been better but we're harvesting a few new varietals which is exciting and fruits are fruiting!!!
My Grandad is pretty jealous of these bad boys..
Figs are in full swing, and have been for quite a few weeks now. We're not too sure really if they 'belong' in our area but the tree is thriving and provides more daily treats than we can handle, even with the restaurant. My Grandpa, Keith, doesn't mind though. We have an arrangement to swap his artichokes for my figs. We're upholding on our end ;)
Our fig tree is in a well watered corner of our yard, its next to a storm water drain which is a low point in our yards which a few of our neighbors excess water would also flow into. I'm not sure if this is advisable but its worked for us. It's hot here in Singleton, cold in the winter. Humidity is currently high and figs are loving ever bit of it. This tree may well like to be pruned but we're finding even the branches laying on the ground have heaps of fruit so we'll leave it for now.
We have apples!!!!
We bought a couple of apple trees from the 'Diggers Club' a few years ago. We love the Diggers club and all they do- if you want to learn about growing, a sustainable future and some helpful advice for growing in your region, we advise getting in contact with these guys. It's easy and for a good cause. Apple was among the first things we bought. To my surprise we had (albeit only one) apple in what felt like no time at all! After a few years of no action we've come to understand the importance of multiple trees of the same fruit/ neighbors with same or similar trees/ and our co dependence on bees- a story for another time.
For now though we're pretty happy with a tree shorter than myself and a whole lot skinnier capable of producing such goodness. I'll let you know how they are when they're ready for eating. The last (and only) one was the tastiest apple we'd ever ate :)
I can't wait for these babies to be ready, it feels like a real accomplishment and I can't wait to enjoy them and share the goodness.
Our apple has only been in the ground for just under one year after a few in an over sized pot. Its planted in an almost full sun position but next to a young Mulberry Tree that's giving a little shade at times.
We've seen some other under ripe, baby apples on the ground during our evening walk and we imagine that our neighbors have added some apple trees to their garden, having a positive effect for us. Thank you!!