Dig the hole into the ground as normal and then create a mound, with compost and the top soil from the hole. In these pictures I am planting a coconut, as I have heavy soils and coconuts grow along our sandy coastline I added a wheelbarrow of sand to create my mound.
To reduce competition from weeds, I recycle my old newspapers 8 sheets thick, which keeps the weeds at bay - for a little while at least
and then I cover this with a healthy layer or organic mulch, lucerne hay is perfect to use as mulch as it is rich in notrogen and feeds the trees as it composts.
The bridge was built in 1900, this picture shows the same view from Clark's Lane looking back towards Daley's Lane, with Saville's Homestead in the background. This bridge was the only way to cross the Richmond River near Kyogle until 1912 - without getting wet.
Many years ago around the time of the Second World War or soon after someone in Kyogle planted an avenue of London Plane trees on either side of the river, these trees still stand today. There are four trees on the Daleys side of the river which have matured into impressive specimen trees while the six trees on the harder, dryer side of the river along Clark's Lane are about half the size, in fact it is hard to believe they are the same age.
This is the avenue from Daleys Lane leading down to the river, the nursery is in the background. London Plane are famous for their attractive bark pattern, their old bark flakes off to reveal fresh pale coloured bark underneath creating beautiful splodgy patterns in green, white and pale brown. The trees are striking when they are deciduous as the attractive bark becomes more pronounced.
They are also fabulous habitat trees, longicorn beetles burrow into the wood creating small holes that over time form larger hollows that are vital for many of our native birds, possums and other hollow dwellers. I discovered this small skink using one of the large hollows yesterday as I peered in to see who was in residence.
London Planes are common street plantings as they are very tolerant of atmospheric pollution and compaction of the soil around their roots. They are also useful as specimen trees in parks and large gardens where they can be given plenty of space to spread and mature to full size, they can grow 20-35m tall and have a spreading shady canopy. They do however have irritating hairs on the foliage which may cause allergies and asthma in some people, but if given plenty of room they are a stunning addition to the landscape.
The Coffee Tree in a Bonsai Bag 35L
And in unrelated ( non coffee ) news here is some flowers from the Dwarf Tropical Anna Apple Tree.
So the start of Spring is a great time to develop a fruit fly control strategy. There is a whole range of organic methods through the Wild May Fruit Fly Control Systems but you need to get onto it early and stop them breeding up. The other method is exclusion netting where you place a special fruit fly net over your fruit before they get stung by fruit fly that have bread up and become rampant.
We have got a great 2 minute video for you which discusses this in more depth. So if you want to get juicy nectarines and peaches this season without nasty surprises we hope you enjoy this video.
Black Sapote Tree or Chocolate Pudding Tree Fruit Forming 2010
Apple Buds Forming Spring 2010
Apple Tree Flowers Spring 2010
Apple Tree Flowers Spring 2010
Apple Tree Flowers Spring 2010
Macadamia Nut Flowers Spring 2010
If anyone would like more information contact your local domestic quarantine service.
Nina, one of our propagation experts is holding an example of the Menindee Seedless grapes so you can see what you will be buying. The bare rooted selections of grapes include the Menindee Seedless, Thompson Seedless and the Crimson Seedless, all of which are well suited to regions with cool winters and long hot dry summers requiring about 500-600 hours of winter chill, unfortunately they will not thrive in humid coastal climates.
Winter is the perfect time to plants grapes while they are deciduous, it is important to be prepared and have a trellis ready for the vine to climb once it shoots with a burst of vigorous growth in the spring.
Links - DPI Grapes info
JuJube for Sale in Melbourne
She sent me a punnet of Jujubes:
They really were great tasting almost like an apple but with a different type of sweetness and also much more crunchy almost like a pear that isn't fully ripe.
Jujubes don't ripen at the same time and different varieties ripen at different times.
"They only ripen one or two fruits per day so I may have to pick them over few days before sending to you. They also don't ripen off the trees. "
Daleys sells the trees Here so you can put your name down via email or sms to get notified when they are ready to be mail ordered to your address.
Jujubes, Ziziphus jujuba
However if you were in Melbourne and wanted to get in contact with Lucy she tocks many different varieties in grafted and bare rooted and they can be planted in winter
She grows all her jujubes in pots and says:
"I get 50 to 80 fruits per 5 years old tree comparing to growing in the ground you could get 5 times that much in an ideal environment. The good thing is they don't ripe at the same time so every week for my trees I only pick about a dozen riped fruits at the time. Hopefully, trees will get bigger and give me more fruits."
You can contact lucy at
To get this offer just mention in the special instructions.
March - Order over $100 worth of fruit trees and we will give you the How to Grow Fruits & Vegies magazine.
April - Order over $100 worth of fruit trees and we will give you Simply Organic Gardening Magazine.
Not the most beautiful of pictures, however we busted open the
jakfruit this morning for breakfast. The arils around the seeds are
delicious, they taste, like banana, pineapple, tropical fruit salady
bubblegum, were some of the comments, Jesse spat his out and Nina
refused to try it. Carla has just spent 1/2 an hour getting the rest
of the arils out of the sticky latex ladened rags, they are going into
the freezer for a more crispy taste later in the day.
Jakfruits are also starting to ripen here in the subtropics with the heat of summer. The fruits are huge and hang from the main trunk and the largest branches of the tree which have the strength to support the weight of these large fruit. The trees will also require a frost free site to thrive and are hardy and attractive once established. The fruits are pungently aromatic and delicuously sweet to those who aquire a taste for them. The pockets of fruit that surrounds the seeds is the most edible part of this giant fruit and can be eaten fresh, frozen or dried. The pithy surrounds can be stirred fried as a vegetable and even the seeds are edible and tasty when roasted.
The grapes are just beginning to colour up but are not quiet ready for picking yet, although they looked very tempting dripping with rainwater.