September saw my veggie patch become a jungle of edibility. Storm season came early to our area. We had a week of sunny, balmy weather with clear skies during the day. Once it hit three o’clock, the sky darkened and rain clouds formed. The air would become heavy with the possibility of rain. When the rain did come, it would bucket down along with some thunderous sound effects. I love this type of weather and so does the veggie patch!
We don’t have a mulberry tree in our backyard. But my neighbour does. The tree’s branches overhang my fence. One day, I looked out there and the tree was covered with vibrant green leaves and ripe mulberries! Importantly, the birds had not discovered this fact yet. I knew they would soon though. Making the most of the opportunity, I had a handful of mulberries most days until the birds did discover the tasty mulberry treats and gobbled them for themselves.
Sitting under mulberry tree branches is therapeutic. My kids often hide and play under the canopy. I discovered the fun of this while I was picking mulberries one morning. I sat there in my little mulberry leaf cubby, watching the light filter through the leaves. It was peaceful.
Not quite yet! But I have been watching my developing peaches. There is something that is awe inspiring watching a tree that has no leaves through the cooler months. As the weather warms up, blossoms grow. These then turn into tiny fruit. These tiny fruit change colour and start to grow bigger.
The birds also watch this. To them, I don’t think it is so much awe inspiring but a signal that a feed is soon on the cards. One morning I went to admire my peach tree. I heard a rustle and then saw my one peach that turned orange had a nibble taken out of it. That was it – I knew my peaches needed to be protected. A net went over the tree that same morning!
My orange tree doesn’t get much TLC. But it usually provides me with fruit. Thank you neglected orange tree for the oranges you have provided for juicing.
PS There is comfrey that grows around the drip line of this time. Occasionally when the comfrey plants get too big, I will chop the leaves. These are then spread around the fruit tree as a mulch. Comfrey has the amazing ability of bringing up nutrients from deep in the soil due to its long roots. So when used as a mulch, this goodness is then returned to the topsoil. Yay!
The flip side to having mulberry tree branches overhanging my fence is that the area underneath it is completely over shadowed. My lack of planning saw me plant a pepino in this area. That poor pepino plant is now starved of sunshine! It doesn’t look that healthy now. I will be cutting the overhanging mulberry branches to give this pepino some light.
Most of my parsley did die off. This happened because of the heavy rain we had and waterlogging. The plants just shrivelled up. But the parsley plants in my polystyrene container are doing OK. I don’t water this container that often. The dry conditions in this container favour parsley growing.
So, I still have some parsley to add to my smoothies and salads 🙂
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Curious about the Pepino plant? Then check out this article ‘Ever tried a Pepino?’ I am looking forward to my Pepino plant producing this interesting sounding fruit.