I used to have a very fixed idea of seasons and food production which matched the classical 4-seasons art works you might find in art galleries around the world. Spring was for new growth: flowers, fresh green leaves and maybe a few berries. Summer was for fruits and vegetables. Autumn brought grains, major harvests and falling leaves. Winter, the dormant season when everything rested in preparation for the next spring.
None (or almost none) of this holds true in my garden. I’ve learned that here peas do best in winter, summer can be a dormant season for many plants, spring and autumn trigger spurts of growth. I am far from knowing the cycle of each plant, but I’m trying.
Today, 2 days before the Spring Equinox, I decided to take stock of the state of the food trees in my garden. I have quite a few. I’ll group them by their current stage.
Dormant: Banana (some new leaves, but nothing major yet)
Budding/new leaves/flowering: blueberry (new growth and flowers – flowers have been on through winter with no berries yet), mango (one new flower – still suffering from the whipper snipper damage), olive (few buds of leaves – still suffering from the whipper snipper damage), avocado (heaps of new growth, flowers and buds), macadamia nut (new growth), maqui berry (new leaves), cherry tree (recovering from the whipper snipper damage with a few flowers this year) fig (new leaves), orange, lemon
In fruit/harvesting: Orange, Lemon, mulberry.
Recently finished fruiting: Mandarin, kumquat (fruit will last a couple more weeks).
The citrus trees have the knack of bearing fruit while putting on new growth and flowers. They’re a hard one to find a dormant season to allow pruning. The others are much easier to classify into growing stages.
Here are photos of most of the plants I mention in this post. I haven’t included the young lemon and orange trees which may have different growth patterns to the mature plants. Right now they have a lot of new growth, both leaves and flowers.