Karen,Kilmore1's Edible Backyard
About My Edible Backyard
Why Karen,Kilmore1 Love's Edible Plants
I'm an artist/historian with a fascination with old varieties of fruit: especially apples. My orchard is small (17 x 26 metres) being 1/3rd of my backyard with a beautiful red loam of 6.5ph (and the occasional blue stone lump!). The 1/4 acre block is on a 5 deg elevation facing due west and (excluding the front hedge of 7 lisbon lemons) has a total (to date) of 42 fruit trees in the orchard area.
These include: brown turkey fig; treviatt apricot; double jewel and elberta peaches; yellow flesh nectarine (whose name escapes me); satsuma, mariposa, green gage plums and d'argen prune; 4x dai dai maru persimmons; cherries: stella, lapin and morello; pears: beurre bosc, williams and nijisekki (nashi); champion quince; meyer lemon; tahitian lime and the apples. These are heritage varieties chosen for their age and quality of fruit. They are chosen and planted for maximum cross pollination qualities and fruit taste. They are: golden harvey, forfar pippin, fameuse, court plendu plat, wandin glory (a true weeper), irish peach, red astrachan, gravestein, fuji, golden delicious, freyburg, grimes golden, granny smith, red delicious, and the gorgeous crab apple. Set at the entrance to the orchard is a peached hedge of another 8 varieties chosen for maximum cross pollination. These are: alfriston, kidds orange red, stayman's winesap, dunn's seedling, cox's pomona, james grieve, scarlet nonpareil, and summer strawberry.
The orchard is only 7 years old, but is starting to fruit prolifically. Unfortunately, last summer's heat and a lack of water saw very little of spring's bounty actually deliver. Historically, Kilmore has 630mm of annual rainfall. but we are in our 15th year of drought and are so far 203.9mm under our average at the end of July 09. Any tips on successful rain dances would be gratefully received!
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