It looked like rain this morning and the clouds stuck around for most of the morning. It turned out to be a stunning afternoon and I got some work done in the garden.
I had a custard Apple tree sitting ready to plant and not being overly familiar with the tree I wanted to do a bit of research prior to deciding it’s new location.
Isn’t it strange that we eat all these fruits but some of the time we don’t know much about where they come from. There is probably a generation of kids who have never seen a fruit tree.
So back to the custard apple. They can grow to 3-4 metres and prefer full sun and good drainage. Pretty standard. So I planted it in the other corner of the orchard plot. I’ll eventually plant rows of fruit trees along the south east borders so they won’t shade the ground plants.
The island isn’t connected to town sewerage so we use septic systems. If managed properly septic works just fine. Many people don’t appreciate that they require good bacteria to function properly and efficiently. Just one person taking antibiotics and using the toilet can destroy the system.
The septic tank isn’t the most attractive item next to the guest cottage so I wanted to plant something around it. Ideally something fragrant and low maintenance. Citronella is the perfect solution. A neighbour gave me a piece about a year ago. He literally broke a piece off from his garden and said, “stick this in the ground, it’ll keep the mozzies away”. And so I did. I didn’t hold out much hope for it since I literally stuck it in the ground. A year on and I’ve repeated the cycle numerous times. Whenever there are mosquitos around I pick a handful of leaves, roll them in my hands and wipe it over me. Goodbye mosquitos.
This is one of the many citronella plants which have been grown from cuttings off the original.
As I was digging I came across this spider burrowed in the dirt and sitting on her egg. After I took some close up photos, I felt kind of sorry for it. What a miserable life living in a hole in the dirt. So I covered her back up and wished her well.