Backyard Pics April 2016

Posted: 17th April 2016 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Orchard, Permaculture
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I took a few pics around the place today.  Every time I take a walk around the property I see new and exciting things. Here are a few of the things going on around here.

The first thing I noticed was my Raja Puri Banana had bloomed and was forming clusters of fruit! I hope not reducing the number of plants does not limit the fruit size. I went ahead and separated a pup and moved it to another location. I’ll cut back the grove when the fruiting stops. We will see! I guess the mild winter had some advantages after all.

 
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Looks like we might get some bananas this year!
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Speaking of first time fruit, I noticed the scuppernongs were forming grape clusters as well. I was excited to see these little guys since the vines were growing pretty slow to get established.

As I was planting a paw paw tree later that day, I looked over at the chicken yard/rabbit fence and noticed the wild muscadines were trellising nicely and were also setting fruit. I broke out the sheers and thinned things out a bit. I wonder how big they will get and how the fruit will taste? If they are good I will propagate some and plant them on my other trellis in the front yard.

These guys ran up  the fence, over the top to the roof of the rabbit hutches which is 10 feet or so off the ground. They went the other direction up an oak tree as far as the eye could see. I hope by pruning these down I get better fruit.

 
Higgins variety Scuppernong
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Wild Muscadines running along the chicken yard fence.
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Transplanted pup
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I’ve finally broken the bad fig mojo it seems. My Celeste and brown turkey are doing great. Even the small lemon figs are really taking off this spring. I gave them all good mulch and we have no shortage of rain. One of my goals for this year is to add as many cultivars of southern figs as I can find. you can see my two lemon fig starts in the pictures below.
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Spring is a busy time around here. I still have a few trees from the local plant sale that need to find a final location. Lots more to do…….