Sunday, July 19, 2009

Limes with Frost Bite?


This happened once before, a couple of years ago. I had a heavy crop of limes (seems to happen every second year), and all of a sudden they started to turn grey in patches and go rotten on the tree. I thought then it was some sort of fungal disease.

It has just happened again, and this time I have twigged. About a week ago there were a couple of very heavy frosts.

I think they have got frostbite. Even though there is no rhyme or reason for which part it gets - those in the centre of the tree are just as susceptible as those on the outside, sometimes it is around the stem, sometimes not.

They have been going up to the local cafe by the basket load, where there is a sign with "Free Limes" on it, and people take them home. Guess these ones are going in the compost.


The rest on the tree will be going out too - just I haven't had time to pick them all.

Has anyone else had this happen to them?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I'm Back

I'm back after my winter blogging break. Time to dig in the green manure, so time to get blogging.

After I wave to Alice. Hi Alice!

Time too, to introduce everyone to the new neighbours.


I came home one day a couple of weeks ago, and there they were.


Ever since then, they have been helping me prune the Lemon Tree. And I notice they are handily depositing manure in one spot (where they sit in the shade on frosty days and chew their cuds. And I thought sheep were stupid!). I will be jumping the fence soon with a bucket.

In the meantime, I have started work on the Winter Veggie Garden.


At the minute I am working on digging in Green Manure, and finalising compost tanks so I have somewhere for next season's pumpkins.