Lots of fun foods growing in the garden Sunday morning and a challenge.
My Barbados Cherry tree aka Acerola (Malpighia punicifolia L.) this morning had both unripe and almost ripe cherries on it. The cherry is ripe when it releases freely from the tree. Planted in February this tree is loving its home and putting out a lot of flowers and some cherries. I expect great production in the coming year.
If you want to grow garlic get the cloves planted by October 31st to ensure enough cold weather to produce the head garlic. Plant extra and harvest green garlic (like a scallion) as needed through the winter.
The two lower pictures of the collage clearly show the chewing by the squirrel. However the skin seems to be drying and we hope it will scar and preserve the melon as it continues to grow. I have placed wire hats over the fruit to keep the squirrel and other critters off. The paper plate you see in the pictures is to protect the fruit from soil born bacteria. Likewise the wood grate under the other melon is also to keep it off the soil.
Young growing fruit touching the ground is susceptible to soil born bacteria while the skin is tender, which in turn invites insect pests to attack.
|Carpenter Bee on Pumpkin Flower|
Shamus O'Leary at the Rare Fruit Growers sale at Mesa Community College. I'm glad I got there early, the rest of the garden folks hit the sales early!
Called the Aravaipa Avocado for the Aravaipa Canyon where the mother tree was discovered, this species is said to be temperature tolerant from 14 to 120 degrees. My plan is for it to be part of my under story. In back of the Avocado is my coffee tree, also purchased from Shamus last February.
This is one of my grand trialing journeys so we will see how they go. The avocado has to remain in the pot for a while as it is not fully rooted to stability.
I have tried avocados without success before and this one I hope will be happy in my gardens.
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Have a great week in the fall garden.
-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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