In the October Orchard

20 October 2013
Written by Kath Irvine | Images by Kath Irvine
Print Email

The plums are having babies.

Tiny, wee new fruits, so precious! Keep an eye on how they develop. Thinning time will soon be upon us.

 

  • Are your peaches or plums showing signs of leaf curl? It’s really too late to do anything, but do support them through this stressful time with regular foliar sprays of seaweed. Have you given them a spring feed at their feet? If not then spread a layer of homemade compost, work in some RokSolid and layer some seaweed if you have it. Mulch atop. Hanging strips of kelp in the branches will give your peach or plum a liquid feed every time it rains. Collecting all the dropped funky leaves will help break the cycle. If you have the time then this is excellent house keeping. If like me there is not even the remotest chance of this happening, do all the above and remember to copper next winter.
  • Keep building up your comfrey patch. Simply poke around the base of established plants and take root cuttings of about 5cm. Plant them into good compost where you want them to grow. If you live on sand or very heavy clay I would recommend planting the root cuttings into trays and growing them on a bit first before planting them out.
  • Prune back your tamarillos once you think the danger of frost is passed. I know the damaged leaves and mildew look unsightly but this extra cover is doing a good job of protecting the tender new shoots from frost damage, so don’t hurry this job! To prune take off all last year’s growth and any whitefly infected areas. Keep your tree short and stocky.
  • Citrus planting time is here! October is perfect for getting subtropicals and citrus in. Choose lots of sun, fab shelter, no frost, free drainage and excellent soil. If either of these things are missing then put your energy in that direction this spring and get prepared only. Wait till next year to plant (seems to be the theme of the month.)

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

  • June in the Orchard
    19 June, 2014

    Such wonderful synchronicity, as the vegie patch slows down we need to spend some time with our fruit trees.

    Release the base of your trees (mine a...

  • April in the orchard
    20 April, 2014

    Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (...

  • March in the Orchard
    20 March, 2014

    The orchard is bedraggled and dry. The greywater system is not enough to keep the fruit trees going through really dry periods, so one day we will hav...

  • November in the Orchard
    20 November, 2013


    November is time to plant your subtropicals and citrus. I’m putting more avocados in this month as our original has done so well, and we eat so many...

  • In the October Orchard
    19 October, 2013
    The plums are having babies.

    Tiny, wee new fruits, so precious! Keep an eye on how they develop. Thinning time will soon be upon us.

     

    • Are yo...
  • In the September Orchard
    19 September, 2013

     

    I can post you out 10 comfrey root cuttings for $9.50, including postage. If you live rurally add another $2.60. Email your order to me at kath@e...

  • August in the Orchard
    20 August, 2013

    The earlicheer are flowering beneath the fruit trees and the daffodils are pushing their way through - in another month the orchard will be pretty as ...

  • July in the Orchard
    19 July, 2013
    In the Orchard

    Planting fruit trees is a pleasure - it’s those visions of cellared apples, of bottled pears and fresh apricots that make it so. 

    ...
  • In the June Orchard
    20 June, 2013

    This means the big job of cutting grass which has been left wild since November. That lovely long sward of grass and wildflowers keeps the moisture ...

  • In the May Orchard
    19 May, 2013

    Citrus all need a layer of homemade compost, a top up of mulch and monthly liquid feeding while they are in production mode. Make sure they have some ...

  • In the April Orchard
    20 April, 2013

    Three apple trees left to pick – Montys Surprise (pictured), Mother, Tydemans Late and one pear - Winter Nellis. These late ones are the keepers, so m...

  • In the Orchard
    19 March, 2013
    The orchard is emptying out as the apples and pears get picked and stored...

    I’m enjoying taking the pressure off the trees in this heat. Were pickin...

  • In the February Orchard
    20 February, 2013

    I said I’d report back about the hawk kite and here it is. The Hawk kite went up, then 2 days later in a big wind it promptly blew down. Follow the in...

  • 3 little words: water, birds, pests
    20 January, 2013
    Birds: We’ve had the rosellas in trying out the unripe apples. The horsehoe shape they create with their lower beak is a dead giveaway as opposed to t...
  • Let your Orchard go Wild!
    20 December, 2012

    I hope you are keeping up with your irrigation here - especially around your new fruit trees, and any bearing fruit trees. You need to check the soil ...

MyMag this month...

...your magazine for inspiring stories, beautiful spaces, networking, sharing & celebrating community...

Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location:
Wellington,
New Zealand


 

MyMag is your Mag! Subscribe today - it's FREE.  
Subscribe and receive our monthly newsletter keeping you up to date with the latest edition.