Monday, November 23, 2009

Blue Mountains fruits and nuts

We are collecting lists of the different kinds of fruit and nut trees/plants successfully growing in different towns within the Blue Mountains (Lapstone to Lithgow). On the right hand side of this blog we list locations for all those registered so far. We know that there are a lot more areas that these plants are growing in and more kinds of fruits and nuts.
If you know of plants on your land or public property, please help us by filling out a form or emailing the contacts listed on the Blue Mountains City Council sustainability site:
Alternatively, you can contact us directly by clicking in the appropriate area of the Blue Mountains Community Harvest site:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Apples and more

I saw Brian Coates (Cooerwull Plantsmen, Lithgow) during the week. He thinks that the dust storms we had earlier in the year will limit their apple harvest early next year. Indeed, neither our pear nor apples have developed any flowers at all. (See photo of the snow apple before we established it in the garden over a year ago.) I wondered if the hail storm that we had a few months ago had affected them too. What's your experience?
We were out earlier today weeding round the fruit trees and mulching, using up the chips we recently got from the council biannual service. So nice for my toes to feel the soil and lawn after so much sitting at the computer!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A new apricot tree in Blackheath

Last week Lis Bastian from Blackheath wrote: 'congrats on starting this blog Anitra. Great way to start collecting info from everyone. We permablitzed the yard next to the IGA in Blackheath yesterday ... it had become a blackberry infested rubbish dump and 12 of us cleared it and put in a garden in 3 hours ... including an apricot tree! So there's one for you (unfortunately it's only tiny but it will grow and produce fruit one day!)' Well I say, 'Go Blackheath!'


We can harvest a wide range of fruits and nuts locally each season.

Local fruit and/or nut gardeners are invited to make additions or suggest modifications to the following work-in-progress compiled by Lizzie Connor.


Across the mountains: loquat, mulberry, rhubarb, strawberry and (in late spring) raspberry

Best in the lower mountains: avocado, jaboticaba, lemonade


Across the mountains: apricot, blueberry, boysenberry, cherry, currant (red, black, white), gooseberry, kumquat, loganberry, loquat, mulberry,nectarine, peach, plum, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry and (in late summer) almond, apple, fig, hazelnut, passionfruit, pear (incl. nashi), pomegranate, youngberry

Best in lower mountains:lemon (Eureka), lemonade, lime, mandarin, orange, persimmon (non-astringent) and (in late summer) avocado, babaco, macadamia, rockmelon, wampee, watermelon

Best in upper mountains: jostaberry, lemon (Meyer), persimmon (astringent)


Across the mountains: almond, apple, chestnut, feijoa, fig, grape, hazel, kiwi fruit, kumquat, medlar, olive, passionfruit, pear (incl. nashi), plum, quince, raspberry (some), rhubarb, strawberry, strawberry guava, walnut

Best in lower mountains: avocado, babaco, cherimoya, grapefruit, lemon (Eureka), macademia, monstera deliciosa, orange, pine nut, pistachio, rockmelon, tamarillo, walnut, watermelon, white sapote

Best in upper mountains: lemon (Meyer), mandarin (Satsuma)


Across the mountains: apple, hazelnut, kiwi fruit, kumquat, pear (incl. nashi)

Best in lower mountains: grapefruit, lemon (Eureka), orange, tangelo

Best in upper mountains: avocado (Bacon), lemon (Meyer)