While there are plenty of photos of our vegetable garden there is much less evidence of the rest of the garden. Some of it is quite naturalised and, in parts, overgrown. We want to keep it as natural as possible but some areas require clearance of invasive weeds which are a real pest as they thrive in our high rainfall, sub-tropical climate. Little by little, we are planting native shrubs, in many cases, indigenous to the local area.
This area alongside our western boundary fence had long been neglected. As part of the preparation for the soon to be assembled garden shed we cleared the area and have planted 3 new shrubs. In order to be able to maintain the area we have placed a rock edge about 1.5 metres from the fence. The rocks were all sourced from our property. Rocks are an abundant resource here and we use them for a multitude of purposes.
As I mentioned in this post we have an orchard of about 10 citrus trees and were unfortunate enough to have an infestation of citrus fruit piercing moth a couple of months ago. Whether it is their lifecycle, the cold weather or simply a natural progression, they appear to have moved on and I think the Valencia oranges may have been spared as well as some of the grapefruit and the netted mandarin.
Today I picked several grapefruit – enough to make a batch of marmalade. I sliced and soaked the fruit and will be making the marmalade tomorrow so will post all of the details then.
I started to cut them by hand.
However, that proved too difficult so I heeded the advice of the recipe and used the thin slicing blade of my food processor which made short work of the job. It was a simple matter of retrieving the ends of the quarters and slcing the last bits by hand.