My sad lemon tree

The Lemon tree at the front of our house was planted a few years before we moved in I think. It has mostly been awesome, however lately it’s been looking a bit sad.


The soil here is clay, which means there isn’t much nutrition in the ground for the tree, plus the tree has to compete with the very aggressive lawn. Our lawn is mostly made up of Kikuyu which I try to cull as best as I can.


My Lemon tree also has developed what I think is Lemon Verrucosis , so is not a happy tree at all. There’s nothing I can do about that until after it has finished fruiting unfortunately. Then it will be a case of removing affected fruit, twigs and leaves and using a copper spray of some sort.



To make the lemon tree a bit happier, I dug up all the grass around it, and covered it with very well rotted compost. I then mixed up some epsom salts and watered to the drip line. Today will be giving it a good feed. The fruit will be edible, but I won’t be able to zest the lemons.

The other trees in the garden need a bit of TLC too so will hopefully get to tend to them today too.








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.


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.


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.

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