We started our summer fruit harvest on the weekend and after the crazy storm on Friday night there were some casualties. Seeing fruit, looking lifeless on the ground being infested by a colony of bugs and insects that I’ve never seen before, is to be honest quite heart wrenching. Like children what you put in you get out so I’m comfortable to say, with hand on my heart, I love these tree’s. I planted them with my hands, I feed them, I keep them clean and trimmed, I check them regularly and I know that one day I will have to face the fact that I may have to say goodbye to them.
Saturday morning is all hands on deck with Daisy (6), enthusiastic harvest assistant and Harry (3) the casual gardener, coming and going as he pleased. Checklist included recycled empty cardboard fruit trays from the local grocer, ladders, secateurs, hats, sunscreen and a well-rehearsed David Boon catching technique.