Coffee Grounds in the garden

From little things big things grow

There is more to my gardening than coffee grounds. Just a little.
I went on a fruit tree spending splurge from a heritage nursery in late April, and took delivery in middle of July. It was a long wait to get these babies.

The collection comprises:
Lapin Cherry
Simone Cherry
Gala Apple
Pink Lady Apple
Black Genoa Fig
Fuji Persimmon
Manzanillo Olive

This is what the Lapin looks like about 1 month into the ground.

Amazing how quickly the new growth started on this one, and the others are also starting to show signs of waking up. Always a concern when getting dormant, bare rooted trees, the question I first asked was ‘are these all dead?’

Here is the full view of the Lapin, and over time I will provide updates as to how its going.

I’m continuing to add to the collection, with a lemon tree about to go into the ground (will wait for mid September and the onset of Spring), and a black current, blackberry, and sultana grape all ready for new growth and beautiful home grown fruit.

There is something about having a fruit tree and the commitment for it, a bond. I’m putting in the time to provide the best conditions for these plants to mature, and to protect them, and in turn they will reward me with many years of sustenance. That is the kind of long term investment that binds us to the earth, and hints to mysteries of the natural world that I was unaware of for most my life.

What are your thoughts on having fruit trees around the house – Do you have a favourite, or just starting out like me?




3 thoughts on “From little things big things grow

  1. Shane, I love the “all purpose” feel of your blog. Your voice is laid back and fun. Too many blogs I’ve encountered have been too stuffy. I love it. Glad we were able to connect, my friend. I’ll be seeing you and your coffee grounds for fruit trees soon. 🙂


  2. I am so envious of your black Genoa fig!! We had to leave one behind when we sold our house, and in this house, where we have been for nine years, there is no spot sunny enough for it in a crowded garden with a pool. We enjoyed that fig: they fruit twice, you know – and in Malta they have two different names for the figs that come first (bajtar) and the ones of the following fruiting (farkizzan). Or perhaps it’s the other way around! They are great to eat, but even better for jam. The smell of those leaves in the midday sun … that smell can haul me back into my childhood. They are such undemanding fruit trees, and need very little fertilization or watering. They thrive on neglect.

    Enjoy that fig!!

    Rosanne Dingli


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