The tree looks rather sad.
Frost burned tip, but new buds sprouting below.
Ya learn something new everyday. Never knew that curry leaf was semi/deciduous. Coming from Brisbane we never experienced the plant going into dormancy, well not to this extent, it looked sad in winter, but never looked dead. But where we are now gets cold, so I assumed that the plant was dying and was going to pull it out. But its budding up and going to spring back to life, which is good, my curries will once again have curry leaf in them and after a bit of Dr Google, I have learned a lot more about this plant.
Water comes from the pipe stand in town about 1km away, gets put in the ute then gravity feed into the second IBC sitting in the garage. First load was 700L and it was a little bit sketchy so 2nd load was 500L and that was a lot better. Car is rated for 750Kg over the rear axle, but with the water sloshing about, its way to sketchy with that much weight. So its a 2 trip job. The pipe stand can fill what we want in couple of minutes, the gravity feeding out of one and into the other takes a lot longer with a 3/4″ tap and fitting. Really need to see about making that a 2″ pipe to make her flow quicker.
I inherited these avocados when my daughter moved into her brand new house and no longer had space for them. They got pretty beat up on the 150Km journey here on the back of a ute, but now they are in the ground, and settling in, they are starting to recover and put on a lot of new foliage. By the end of summer they should start to look good and healthy again.
The mulberry has to be the king of fruit trees. You can eat them fresh, use in cakes, muffins, jam, ice cream and sorbet etc, makes a great wine (my main use). They require very little inputs of water and fertilizer, have few bugs, pests and diseases, and produce a lot of fruit. The wood is sort after by high end furniture makers, the leaves are fed to worms to make silk. There is so much this one tree provides and you can keep them small and in containers and they will be just as happy.
The three large trees in the foreground I am going to prune like a chainsaw masochist next winter when dormant. I will essentially cut them back to head height to make picking so much easier. Cant be arsed with climbing ladders to get the upper most fruit. While we might take a hit on fruit for next year, it will place the trees well for the next few years after that. But with 7 trees, I will have more than enough fruit to make wine from even with a smaller harvest.
Gotta love the mulberry 🙂