Early Summer Permaculture Update

This is the difference between climate and weather: while 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record globally, we have had a long, cool, windy winter/spring here in the lower north island. The winds have been nearly relentless for the last 3 months, but the hours of daylight have increased on schedule. I’m getting up 5:00 or 5:30 am everyday now.

The biggest indicator of the cool weather is that our tomatoes are behind schedule.  Screen shot 2014-12-17 at 7.35.26 AM

Last year we had ripe tomatoes on the 13th of December. Two years ago it was the 20th. This year we might get them by Christmas. But it looks like we will definitely have courgettes by the weekend.

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We will certainly have potatoes for Christmas.

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Long term, we have pumpkins forming on the vine.

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We finally got the chook tractor into the fledgling food forest.

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Those birds have a big job to do.

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This apple has been transplanted from our last property.

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We also transplanted this dwarf nectarine. I thinned the fruit so we’re hoping to get a few good sized ones in the new year.

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Peace, Estwing

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