Week 1 March 2013: Rain = 48.5 millimetres of very healthy rainfall. With autumn approaching, with its lower evaporation, the rainfall will build up the soil moisture level.

This week we picked peaches from two small trees that are in our orchard. They have had no attention but managed to produce half a bucket of small, delicious fruit.

Our Dwarf Sugar Gum, Eucalyptus cladocalyx nana, is flowering. This week we realised that there are so many different eucalypts in the garden that there will be always one in flower. We have not conducted a census but there must be at least 50 different eucalypt species in the garden plus the seven that are native to Yallaroo.

Outside our ensuite window we are growing three different citrus, a cumquat, Meyer lemon and a double grafted lime/lemon. All are growing very well but the double grafted citrus is hosting a number of caterpillars of the Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly. In another part of the garden we have an old bush lemon whose purpose in life is to provide a home for the caterpillars that we move from the double citrus. The butterflies, which develop from the caterpillars, are large black and white insects that we are happy to see flying around the garden.

Planting continued this week with 24 plants going into the ground. We also mulched some previously planted specimens.

On our shopping trip we visited the local Bunnings hardware palace. We were given a $50 gift card for Christmas that was used to purchase a bag of mushroom compost, one of pelletised poultry manure and another of blood and bone. A gift card well spent.


Garden Diary