Feijoas

This coming Monday will mark 5 years of living in our own home. It’s gone by so quickly! Over the past 5 years, a tree slowly grew out of the agapanthus garden at the front. At first I hardly noticed it, but then last year when we did the big clean up we realised it was a Feijoa tree. We even found 5 or so Feijoas on the ground.

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Over the spring and summer, the tree was absolutely covered in flowers, and as a result, we ended up with heaps and heaps of feijoas! I have been picking them up by the dozen since early April, resulting in many happy friends, family, neighbours and workmates.

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Fejoas are everywhere in the North Island, and many people have their own trees and an abundance of fruit during Autumn/Early winter. I’ve never been a fan of them really, as I can only liken the texture of them to gritty snot haha… But do love the smell of them, and a slice of warm Feijoa and Banana cake with my cup of coffee.

My mother in law has a couple of large trees at her place in Whangarei in Northland, but many of them have been infested by Guava Moth. This is currently a big problem here. I was very lucky that we didn’t have this issue.

As our tree is next to our bedroom window, we’re going to have to try and stop it from getting too big, so I will have to do some research about how to do this…

If you are interested in growing Feijoas but need some info, this Tui Garden Guide is a good place to start.

Here are some other links:

Salad Greens & Herbs

There has been a large amount of rain lately so many green vegetable crops have been ruined, resulting in a shortage / price hike of buying them at the supermarket. We eat a lot of spinach and lettuce so I thought I would try my hand at growing our own.

I ripped out the dead tomato plant and gave the soil a dig over with some compost. As this planter box is half under the eaves of the house, I need to make sure I remember to water it frequently.

I bought Some Yates Spinach –  Winter queen variety and Urban Gourmet Salad Greens. For the spinach, I’ll be planting them direct in the garden. I’ll need to feed them plant food every 2 weeks. I think I’m actually going to start putting these kind of tasks into my ical… otherwise is it guaranteed I won’t remember to do it.

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The Salad greens are mixtures of lettuce seeds in a pellet. These will grow super fast so if I am organised, we will have a continual supply of lettuces and spinach for the winter.

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The other half of the planter is now home to my herb garden. I have Basil (which has been in there for a couple of months), Coriander, Thyme, Rosemary and Italian Parsley. I have sage growing in a pot on the stairs. These were all looking very sad in their pots, but are already seeming much happier.

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I’m going to start some of the pellets in these little pots just til they are big enough to plant in the garden. Then when they go into the garden, I will grow some more seedlings on the windowsill.