Winter in the Home Orchard

This is the time to prune Peaches, Plums, Pears, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherries and Apples plus any other deciduous fruit trees. Spray with Lime Sulphur after pruning and seal any major limb removals with Steriprune.

 There are many good pruning videos on the internet worth watching. Don't forget to save some of the prunings to put around peas in the vege garden.

Stone Fruit

Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.

Peaches, Plums & Apricots grow well in this area.

Suggested varieties: --

Plums: Satsuma, Mariposa (these two should be planted together as they cross pollinate to produce heavier crops). Santa Rosa is self fertile but improves if Mariposa is used as a pollinator. Frontier is another good variety.

Apricots: The old Moorpark is still a widey grown favourite, Trevatt, Hunter & Earlicot.

Nectarines: Goldmine, Artic Rose and Anzac are all white fleshed and freestone. Flavortop is an excellent yellow fleshed freestone variety for eating, cooking, drying or bottling.

Peaches: Anzac is early maturing and Freestone.Redhaven and Golden Queen are well proven favourites with the late season golden Queen excellent for bottling.

Satsuma Plums

Growing Citrus

Citrus varieties grow well in the Warragul & Drouin area. In fact they are probably the easiest and most rewarding of all fruit to grow.

Recomended Varieties: --

 Lemons: Lisbon, Eureka and Meyer

 Oranges: Washington Navel, Valencia

 Mandarins : Emperor,Imperial, Afourer (also known as Murcott)

 Limes; Tahitian, Kaffir, Australian Limes.

Grapefruit: Marsh, Ruby.

 Cumquats:Marumi, Ngami, Variegated

 NOTE: Double grafted trees with two varieties can save space as can those grafted onto dwarf rootstock.

Washington Navel Oranges with Valencias beginning to ripen at rear, Note the weed free area around the trees.

Limes

  • Cumquats

  • Australian Lime

  • Lemons beginning to ripen

  • A Simple method to protect Strawberries, using 19mm irrigation pipe and bird net.