Permaculture in Action

Monday, September 5, 2011

Now's The Time.... fertilise fruit trees.

This is one of our Washington Navel oranges. Can you see the little flower buds forming? To maximise fruit production they need feeding up now.

I cleaned up underneath and then added a couple of barrow loads of horse, cow and chook manure. This was then watered in really well.

I then mulched heavily with spoilt lucerne hay.. Then onto the next...


  1. Hmmm... I guess I'd better get onto our lemons now then too! Our two lonely lemons are nearly ready to eat!

  2. Yes, we've been mulching around our fruit trees too - with spent hay mixed with guinea pig droppings from a friend. She has 60 or more piggies and shows them!! I hope it's not too strong for the tree's as I have so much of it and want to use it NOW!!

  3. Oh dear! Timely post Kate. I need to get on to ours. I'll get right on to adding this job to the 'to do' list!

  4. Yes! I have fertilized, but not mulched!! I was given a tip once that I should fertilise my Citrus at the start of every season! Working well so far! :)

  5. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be picking clementines in the next few months. Now I need to pick the pears before the squirrls eat them all! Enjoy your warming weather.xx

  6. Yes, this is a job on my to-do list as well.

    The oranges and mandarins have been very tasty this year and I just looove citrus blossoms.