Starting the orchard

Now that the front garden has been cleaned up, I can do what I was wanting to do even before I moved to Wellington: turn the front garden into an orchard. On Saturday afternoon, I popped in to Bunnings and picked up a whole lot of fruit trees/plants.

I got:

  • 2 Feijoa (2 different varieties)
  • 1 Bearss Lime
  • 1 Tamarillo
  • 1 Mulberry
  • 2 Blackberry
  • 2 Raspberry
  • 1 Loganberry
  • 2 Boysenberry
  • 2 Passionfruit

All except the feijoa and lime trees were on clearance, so I got some great savings.

It started to rain soon after I got home, so all I managed to do was plan where everything would go.

Today, I dug all the holes and planted them. In the front, just inside the property line, are the two feijoas. In the “middle” of the lawn is the mulberry (it says don’t plant near paths and driveways as the fruit stain concrete – I say stain away), and along the side of the garage are the berries.

I had planned to put the tamarillo and lime along the fence near the front of the property, leaving plenty of room for the other fruit trees I still want to get.

And while the tamarillo went in the spot I had earmarked for it, when I dug the hole for the lime, I found it full of small rocks. And when I got to this depth it seemed like that is all there was underneath it.

So I dug another further down and will figure out what to do here later. Maybe it will be ok since fruit trees tend to have fairly shallow roots.

I may need to go back and move the tamarillo and lime trees though as I think I may have planted them too close to the fence, even if I want to keep them within smaller, manageable sizes.

For now, I’m happy with how it’s looking. I still need (want) to get lemon, grapefruit, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum and blueberry trees but my bank account needs some time to recover. Hopefully I’ll be getting more in by the end of the month though.


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