The three Saints’ Days did not pass completely harmless. The frost damage, however, keeps within the narrowest possible limits. Only the kiwis and the katsura tree froze the youngest leaves away. The older leaves, however, survived. Others survived the light frost without damage.
The wildly grown red elder has blossomed abundantly and is now full of fruiting approaches. The birds will not say no in autumn.
After last year's record harvest I would not care if it was a little less this year. But as we all know, it
has yet to bloom and form fruit. For some fruit trees it is still too early to tell anything about the harvest.
The neighbor plans to buy the street and park on the long side. I'll then have to take a detour via the short side of the property. For this to work, but I have to build a sufficiently wide small plate walkway. Half of it was finished on Sunday.
Before I can continue with the rest of the walkway, I have to change the kiwi scaffolding on the corner still on construction with 3/4-inch tube steel pipe, because only so the passage can be made sufficiently wide for the hose cart.
|26.05.19||The honeyberries got some colleagues.
Thus, the space behind the lumberyard is now occupied. The scaffolding for the distance between vine and kiwi can thus begin. Presumably, I will have to hang some shading fabric this summer. At some point, the foliage of kiwi and vine will do this service for the honeyberries.
I found and planted one more variety of rhubarb. So now there are 5 varieties living in my garden: 'Glaskins Perpetual', 'Goliath', 'Esta', 'Early Green' and 'Livingstone'.
There is also the ornamental rhubarb, but you should preferably not eat it.
And there is another lemon. Uh no, of course, a real lemon in my garden would have no chance of survival. However, the "Nordic Lemon" certainly has no problem with the minus temperatures. It is the variety "Cido" of Chaenomeles japonica.
|09.06.19||The paw paws develop very differently. While one cultivar shoots
quickly, you have too look well to discover signs of life on the
Honeyberries are ripe now, even if they are not that many.
The kiwis are developing flowers, but possibly only the males bloom this year. This doesn't have to be a bad sign though. Because of the record harvest and pruning of last year, a very low yield should not be a surprise, even less so in fruits with marked alternation.
The apple trees will bear fruit this year too.
The gooseberries are rich for the first year, but the berries do not yet have the full size.
|14.09.19||That one paw paw had not really a chance. Thus, I planted a new
one. At that time the heat wave was only beginning, which is why I
installed kind of an irrigation for the little tree.
This worked as desired. It is about time that the two asimia prepare for winter, but no yellow leaf is to be seen yet. They still have some time though.
I probably harvested the red flesh apples too early, as they where not as red as last year.
The very first leaves on one cultivar of kiwi are becoming yellow. But those few kiwi berries are not ripe at all yet.
My blackberries are flowering and are setting a remarkable number of fruit for the first year. Though they are still completely green.
In the rear area there is still space for something. I'm thinking of a walnut tree of the cultivar 'Europa'.
Fuchsia berries can be harvested ongoing since 2 weeks now. I freeze them for now, so that I don't have to cook with smallest quantities.
The harvesting time in my fruit garden still has a long gap in summer.
Soon ist is time to cut the grass and to cut some trees. The lower temperatures will prevent me getting too hot despite wearing protective wear.
When that is done I can continue constructing the scaffoldings for various climbing plants. I collected the tubes and connectors today already.
|31.12.19|| The cornelian cherries produced some yield, but
unfortunately they ripened much too late this year, so that a
considerable part fell victim to the frost, although the first
hard frost came rather late this year. But they are actually
reliable in my garden and I still have space in that corner. So
I buy 2 other varieties and pay attention to an early ripening
period and large fruits. I chose 'Szafer' and 'Swietljaczok'.
The attacks by neighbors ruthlessly clearing snow unfortunately do not leave the cornelian cherries without damage. As protection, I hammered in a ring of short piles and arranged stones. In addition, I better dig some snow if necessary.
With the harvest of the silver berries, I was finally on time this year. Most of the berries did not fall to the ground and were not eaten by the birds.
There were only a few kiwis, but this was to be expected after a record harvest like last year.
The blackberries and the yellow raspberries ripened far too late. I have to replace them with something else, which has a chance.
I can be satisfied with the harvest of the fuchsia berries. I'll plant more of that. With the cool and humid climate they don't have the slightest problem.
The flowering quinces would do well, if I hadn't gotten too close with the brush cutter.
The plant will recover from this over time, but a second variety would be needed for a better yield anyway. At best it should be variety of the same species. By chance I came across 'Cido red' from the supplier of one cornelian cherry, which can now fulfill this function and will also increase the yield.