After a few failures I was listening to a local radio station 1233 and the announcer Carol Duncan mentioned she had Blueberries in pots in her back yard. That sounded like a good idea. We loaded the pots with a Rose/Gardenia/ Azalea mix and planted again but put the pots around on the eastern side of the house and had great success.
The next problem was Jean investigating Blueberries in various books and journals only to discover the varieties we had planted were really ornamental and the fruit we harvested was mediocre in flavour compared to the real thing. But they survived in our climate.
|Sunshine Blue, Edible but really ornamental|
Jean assembled a list of desired low chill varieties and approached Country Elegance Gardens and Gifts in Dungog. They have done a superb job and the first plant arrived this week via a circuitous route. The grower took it to Sydney and nursery owner's husband collected it in person. Now that is service. The next variety will arrive in July.
|Misty, the real deal. 250-450 chill hours with large full flavoured fruit|
Just so we didn't waste the trip to Dungog we performed a few additional tasks to make an afternoon's fun. Dropped off some books and DVDs at the library and filled the company ute with fuel.
The vehicle in use this week is a V8 Landcruiser with two 100 litre tanks which we are temporarily driving while the boss uses the much smaller Colarado duel cab, our normal company vehicle. The Landcruiser should warm the globe on its own. Apparently it is the choice of middle east armed insurgents for mounted cannon. I don't know how they can afford the fuel. And it barely fits two in the front which is probably why you see so many masked men hanging off the tray in those news reels. The masks must be to keep the sand out of the mouth.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to the dump where we collected a whole host of useful objects such as a couple more heavy gauge galvanised pipes for fencing, a three metres of thick conveyor belting for the future cattle yards and a few kilograms of unused Tek screws of which my workshop consumes in vast amounts. Additionally there were various hand tools, bits, bobs nuts and bolts. The screws alone would be worth over $100 but our entire haul cost $30.
|Belting and pipes|
|Small Hand Drill and hinges|
|Axe, chisels, Crown Seal Capper, Scissor Jack, Carpenters Pincers|
|Miscellaneous Tek Screws|
|More Tek Screws|
|Yet more Tek Screws|