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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 12 May 2018, 09:36

Had a bit of a look on Gum Tree.

A big roll of lucerne hay $80, equivalent of 15-20 small bales. Cheap! That guy is not where I am but I bet I can find similar near me.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 18 May 2018, 09:49

HBS Guy wrote:Yes, am pleased with myself. Miketrees thinks I have spaced the trees a bit far apart but if so, too late to do anything about it. I think light can get through to all the trees.


I have been thinking about this, like planting semi-dwarf eating apples—how many apples can I eat???

So I decided to look up optimum planting distances:

OrangePippin site:

Larger semi-vigorous rootstocks

Fruit tree spacing [when] using vigorous rootstocks

Apple - MM111
Pear - Pyrodwarf
Cherry - Colt

Distance between trees: 4.5m - 5m
Spread: 4.5m


These semi-vigorous rootstocks are more vigorous than the mainstream semi-vigorous rootstocks and need a bit more space.

These rootstocks are best suited to training as half-standards.


So at 4.6m apart, 5m between rows I think I have it right. The trees have canopies 3-4m wide and are 2 - 3.5m tall.

The cherry trees are on dwarf (NOT stallion) rootstocks and are 2 -2.5m tall. Will plant them as standalone trees 2m apart, take up 14m of Row 5 which is fine. Dwarf apple trees will go in Row 4 and perry pears two rows at the front of the garden.

I am going to plant rosemary, sage and oregano in Row 4 for now, plant spuds where I can between trees and hope to get clivia to plant around the trees. Things go better with lots of different things planted/interplanted. Might sow some lemon balm and borage and they self seed so much should keep going over summer. Comfrey is another thing I want to plant.

No point ATM in trying to plant clover or whatever in the rows between the trees—so much wasteland around, former farmland subdivided then nothing done for decades that gorse, couch, kikuyu etc etc will come up regardless of what I do or plant. There is a piece of land across the road from me that is full of weeds and gorse and ti trees etc etc etc: owner needs to do things he can’t afford before subdividing. Across the road a little way past my backfence is farmland, think just grazing land, not crops. So weeds aplenty setting seed that the wind carries to my block. I could pray all the weeds on my block die I suppose :pope
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 20 May 2018, 08:22

Plant some fennel in the hedgerow. Encourages wasps parasitic on aphids.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 20 May 2018, 19:18

Tansy too. Great insect repellent and attract lady beetles, lacewings, minute pirate bugs, and parasitic wasps.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby Gladys » 20 May 2018, 19:42

What happened to the B&B idea?
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby Aussie » 20 May 2018, 20:38

Gladys wrote:What happened to the B&B idea?


I approved that in your absence Mr Smith. There is nothing new or controversial in the content.

Some wanker using an Amsterdam proxy.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby johnsmith » 20 May 2018, 20:40

Aussie wrote:
Gladys wrote:What happened to the B&B idea?


I approved that in your absence Mr Smith. There is nothing new or controversial in the content.


all good.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby Gladys » 20 May 2018, 21:43

Thanks from Montamarta.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 20 May 2018, 23:30

I thought Agnes didn’t read here?
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 11 Jun 2018, 13:13

Have drafted what I can of the plan. Pen has dried out so tomorrow will visit OfficeWorks. Need some more colored pencils and an eraser as well.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby Aussie » 11 Jun 2018, 13:18

Gladys wrote:Thanks from Montamarta.


Oooooooo....a visitor from Holland no less!

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Hi Agnes. Did you use a Dutch IP when you registered as 'Party Time?'
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 12 Jun 2018, 18:30

Redoing my humungous and increasingly badly organised spreadsheet as at least 2 spreadsheets, probably three.

One will cover the variety of trees including blossoming time, harvest time, pollination need (self fertile, needs cross-pollination (most apples and cherries) type (bittersweet, bittersharp, tart or sweet.) At one stage I was contemplating buying a tart French cider apple—buy a French tart :roll :bgrin . I will add to this complete descriptions of the trees: appearance, growth habit, disease susceptibility/resistance, appearance of the fruit etc.

The other the locations of trees, the rows and the individual trees. From this can calculate how much loam/compost/mulch etc I need to buy, distances hoses have to run to each row, distances of hoses along each row.

So putting my holiday to good use.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 19 Jun 2018, 18:47

Four cubic metres of pine bark ordered. Pine needles would have been better, ah well. The guy that slashed my block at the start of each summer will do the spreading, will get this done again near summer, replenish the mulch where the trees will go to 5cm deep, spread the rest out besides the rows so widening the area of soil being amended. Amended by soil critters not me! Excellent!

My cider apples are on M111 rootstocks. Vigorous. 4.6m spacing between trees, 5m between rows is exactly right.

My cherry trees are on Colt rootstock. This site gives planting distance as 2.4–3.0m and I will plant them at 2.5m intervals. Before I do I better work out the shadow line from the house: if he cherry trees are in shade for a fair bit of the day they will crop less and grow more. Can always plant them in row 4 not row 5, 2 metres further from the house.
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Re: Well, THAT was a shock to the system

Postby HBS Guy » 24 Jun 2018, 10:17

Heh, I should have ordered hardwood chips. Too bad, pine is better than leaving the clay soil bare where the trees will go. Will replenish the mulch with hardwood chips in December.
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