Mulberry Madness

I cannot help but become childishly excited when I see the tiny mulberry flowers forming at the start of spring.  A hint of the bounty that’s to come.

A bounty were certainly getting this year.  To date the harvesting total stands at 15kg!  That’s a lot of tiny sparkling balls of goodness. (That’s not counting the many many handfuls eaten by the children, husbands and visitors!)  I guess you’re wondering what would one do with 15 kg of purple?

Mulberry Jelly, Whole frozen Mulberries, Mulberry Muffins, Mulberry cakes, Mulberry Crumble and Mulberry Pie Filling – just to name a few.

I’ve been ‘putting up’ much of the fruit, you can eat only so many berries at a time.    To celebrate our Mulberry madness I will be sharing our two favourite recipes here over the next few days.  Starting with Mulberry Jelly and then Mulberry Pie filling that uses the pulp leftover from the jelly (no mulberries wasted here!)

 

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Oh yes its that time again

Mulberry time!

And by the amount of fruit on our tree this year, oh wow it will be a bumper crop.  Now I just have to keep the birds away as our neighbours cut back their very very big tree, so I am fearing the birds might just come over here!

Any suggestions?

For sure

For sure the coffee trees are dead.  I am not sure why they succummbed to the frost this year, but survived black frosts other years. 

I think I have also lost the Chocolate Sapote tree.  Every year is becomes black but bounces back come spring, I hope its going to survive.

DEAD

But it is all a learning game.  Have you lost anything to frost yet?

Starving

Well that’s what I would be if I relied solely upon my garden.  ‘Pickings’ are a bit slim at the moment.  A few old bitter lettuce leaves and enough broccoli florets for a single serve.  Loquats and maybe some pea shoots? 

little broc head - abit to go yet

*Sigh*  How does one know when to begin planting out the winter crops?  I thought I started early enough to miss the gap.  Then the first batch of broccoli seeds failed, life things happen and suddenly you are behind with plantings and have the dreaded famine gap!  I wonder how the family will feel about stewed loquats 3 meals a day?

Loquat season!

Loquats

Brocoli florets

The making of a fence – days 2, 3 & final

5 trailer loads of hedge cuttings
13 panels of Stratco friendly neighbour fencing
26mm of rain
2 inches of mud
2 men and 7 children
1 dingo digger

= The New Fence!

  The fence!

(the last panel and a half is waiting for the privet hedge to be hacked back)

The fence and no gardens!

My next job will be to rebuild the gardens that were previous here.  Luckily the mulberry, pomegranate, peacharine and apple trees were saved from the dingo digger.  We all know what happened the last time my husband used a dingo digger…

I am excited by the possibilities of what can be planted here more vegetables, cottage garden plants, espalier fruit trees.  Oh the list is endless.  Any major plantings will have to wait until spring just in case the hedge tries to grow back *yikes better not*  but I have a 20L drum of roundup just waiting for it to try!

I have fixed the broken links, Thanks Clare for pointing them out.  I usually check them – obviously not this time…

Apples

With the recent storms and strong winds, our first and only apple of this season was knocked off the tree.  (I removed all of the other fruit to allow the trees to become established)  It is roughly the size of a large golfball.  Such a pity and now I will have to wait until next year to taste these.

tropical apple

Later the same day when watching the boys on the trampoline I noticed this

Granny Smilth apple tree

If we look a little bit closer…

APPLESAPPLES!  Two of them to be exact!  Exactly when this tree flowered has me wondering as I was watching for it….   The other strange part is I do not have a cross pollinator for it yet.  Granny smiths require a Pinkabelle.  Maybe one of our Tropical Apples did the job or a nearby neighbour has a tree?

These are the first apples on this tree and it is 2 years old now and it gets no love, the odd bucket of water and I don’t think I have pruned it, ever!

Isn’t nature brilliant…