No fruit yet but strawberries are fruiting and should be ready in a few weeks. Apricots need to be thinned.
Most apple and pear trees are in blossom. We are on particular alert for black spot on the pears which we experienced last year. Also aphids on peaches and plums need to be watched. We have a Santa Rosa plum in the front orchard which always seems to be a victim of early aphid attacks. So by watching it we know when the danger approaches.
Cherry trees have good blossom this year. Maybe we will have a good crop. I am a little worried about parrots too which seem to like the fruit trees and I wonder what they are eating.
Today was a successful day for me in that I managed to get the solenoids up and running. Last year after heavy rains the wiring short circuited and as I wasn’t sure just where the problem occurred. I had from then on to manually water the trees which involved a lot of turning valves on and off. The problem seems to have been in a section of cable between the new shed and the electrical shed where our main pump is housed. A few years ago a limb fell on this wire and severed all lines. The cables were rejoined but must have become wet and failed> (all located underground.)
So we replaced this section and it worked once it was reconnected. Hurrah!
We are expecting a visit from Inspiring Journeys later this month. This is a follow up after meeting a couple of their guys a few weeks ago. They intend to take trips up the East coast of Tasmania but with a difference. As I understand it adventure and seeing the real thing are determining features. So we look forward to meeting them and introducing them to some od the delights of Eureka Farm. For more info go to Inspiring Journeys website