Seed Swaps

The Future Orchard

13 Oct 2011
Storms 23°C / 73°F

for those who have been following my “Breaking Wind” post in the chit chat group, you will have some idea what this is about.

Athe pictures show the area planned for the wind breaks, and the wind breqks are ultimately going in so i have a nice protected area for all the fruit trees I bought, and future trees I plan to buy. The main picture is from the top, with the border being the contour bank. The second picture of the lower half is the boundary to the neighbours property. The last picture is a shot of the area from the bottom, looking back up.

I’ll get out with the boys later and measure the dimensions, so I can plan what goes where, and how many wind break trees I need, but as usual, i’m the only one up enjoying the sunrise, and what I consider the best time of the day when it’s still, not too hot/not too cold, and theres a beatiful fresh clean smell to the air from the rain we had last night. Makes you feel glad to be alive.




What a beautifulo back yard!

Posted on 13 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Looks like a great bit of planet earth you have there.

Posted on 14 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Thanks for the compliments.

Just measured the planting area. It’s 62 metres front to back, 32 metres wide in the top paddock, and 17 in the bottom.

Posted on 14 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

It has that lovely, ‘clean slate’ look. I can see why you are champing at the bit.

I had another thought for the windbreak. Walnut and pecan should grow for you and like the Bunya are nice trees to leave the children.

Posted on 14 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

I had considered Pecans several times, but I think they want rich, deep soil with plenty of moisture, which is not what we have. I think Walnuts are similar. I forget exactly why I ruled them out, but vaguely remember Louis Glowinski talking about them being difficult to cultivate (but I may be wrong). Could also be, as you said, something to plant for the kids, as it seems 8 years to fruiting is the average.

Drooping She-Oak seems like it would be good here, but is not much of a “useful” plant, and once again, there are warnings about i becoming weedy.

Maybe I’m going to have to suck-it-and-see and just try a few different ones and see what works here, with several backup rows just in case. I’m probably being over-picky, and may even just get started with my fruit trees and put up artificial shade-cloth and pole breaks which should get them through a couple or years while I sort the rest out.

Posted on 14 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

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