"So pick up your spade and live!" Will Sutherland
I will apply dolomite and magnesium to my low chill stone fruit. I have read the correct rate is 200 grams per square metre applied at the drip line.
After the mango trees finish fruiting - which may not take long given the little amount of fruit, and the King Parrots rampaging appetites - I will feed and mulch them. (The mangos not the King Parrots. Do you have King Parrots at your place? They are a really beautiful bird.)
Hopefully I will get around to pruning the spring flowering shrubs as the flowers finish.
I need to skirt my Carambola and cut back and open out the crown and clear any inward facing branches.
I need to continue pruning (to control height) or tip pruning (to encourage lateral growth) our native plants that have finished flowering.
Remove banana suckers so that the energy is redirected into forming fruit, and cut off dead leaves.
As our mango finishes fruiting we need thin out the canopy to improve air circulation and allow sunlight in. I am hoping my husband will cut back the largest one quite a bit even though this will reduce the fruit next year. It is growing too big to be harvested easily.
|The passionfruit are coming along nicely|
Pest & disease management
I am regularly collecting the fallen fruit and binning them in an effort to control fruit fly. I must admit as yet I don't know how to recognise fruit fly, nothing I have seen in photos looks like anything I have seen in my garden. Perhaps it is because I don't wear my reading glasses in the garden and cannot see properly to identify the fruit fly.
I am keeping my beady eye open for scale problems. Yes well, maybe I do need to take my reading glasses out into the garden with me. I usually see the black sooty mould way before I see the scale. Anyway, I have white oil in my garden shed should I need to spray.
Picking and Eating
Mangos and lychees are ripening this month, so get ready for picking! That is if the wild life has left you any. Now as we are entering mango harvesting season. You just may have more mangos than you can eat or share. So why not have a go at making mango chutney? If the wildlife leave me enough I will use this recipe found here.
So what can you do with mango chutney? Well it is great on sandwiches with ham or leftover roast chicken. You can use it as a dip.
Do you have a favourite recipe using mango?
If, and it is a big if, I have the time I will try and propagate some new plants from cuttings. I am going to try with camellia, justicia, and crepe myrtle. I wonder if I will have any success. I might try the cuckoo propagating method. That is dipping the cutting in rooting hormone and potting up in good propagating mix, and slipping the potted up cuttings next to some pot plants my husband is looking after. That way they will not be neglected as they are likely to be if they are left to me to look after. For a real explanation of how to propagate cuttings you can go here.
Also if the wildlife leave me any mangos I am going to try growing one from seed. Our mangos are the old Bowen mango now known as Kensington Pride. They will always be Bowen mangos to me.