My garden is a regular size garden and yet I have 65 fruit trees.
I remember proudly telling a friend, who asked."Is that counting stawberries?"
"No!" I said indignantly.
You see I had a dream, a dream of growing most
of my own fruit and vegetables.
I read and studied and planted, fruit like apples for example that were organised to fruit at different stages to spread your harvest over a longer period of time.
Some were dwarf trees; some were vines, like grapes
on the veranda and bushes like blueberries.
And my harvest, is it amazing after 15 years?
No not at all. Fruit flies are the worst of my pests. I have tried every sort of bag and set organic traps. Each year I would get determined, gather strength,
read a bit more and try again and each year I would sadly pick up rotten fruit!
Have I given up? Not at all.
I have learnt to look at things in a different way.
My garden is beautiful, the blossom in spring, watching the grapes grow
and shade my veranda in summer. Watching the bees and insects that love my garden.
I always have lemons and mulberry season is amazing.
Last year I harvested 10 bagged fruit from a nectarine tree bought by my son when he was seven. They
were a bit hard but so delicious. You have to get in quick before something else does.
I always get grapes and they attract a lot of fruit eating birds that I wouldn't normally get to see outside my kitchen window. Fig Birds, Cat Birds, Bower Birds,
The King Parrots love the loquats and I love King Parrots. We had one year where we had so many loquats I remember taking them to a yoga retreat I was running for everyone to try. Fruit fly found them last year.
My loquat is a beautiful
hardy tree that hides my neighbours house.
There was the year of the strawberries when my kids were little. We planted paths of them and fed them with casuarina needles from the reserve we overlook. All the neighbours kids came collecting. It was amazing....so
many. Maybe I have a virus because even new plants don't seem to get many now...maybe I have a fruit eating bird that gets up early!
I was talking to some of my neighbours grown up kids recently and it is one of their happy childhood memories.
I have learnt is you don't always get what you want.
You have to look at things from a different angle sometimes.
You have to live and learn.
You can't control everything.
Medicine grows on trees and all you need do is watch them
to recieve it.
P.S. I am trying out a new type of fruit tree bag this year. Some people might say I have a stubborn streak. I like to describe myself as determined. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.