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Offline Dormant  
#1041 Posted : Tuesday, 20 July 2021 6:17:00 PM(UTC)
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I'll take over the post killer role, 28, and post that we got 11mm last night in a surprising burst of rain, just after I'd optimistically thrown around a bucket of fertilizer mixed with dolomite under the orchard trees.
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#1042 Posted : Tuesday, 20 July 2021 7:24:04 PM(UTC)
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I'll take over the post killer role, 28, and post that we got 11mm last night in a surprising burst of rain, just after I'd optimistically thrown around a bucket of fertilizer mixed with dolomite under the orchard trees.


Amazing. My first thought when I saw the email was: Wow. Someone got some weather. lol. Nice.

One of our local ladies said today we *might* get some rain. Hope she's right.

We've had a long run of 30+ days last 2 weeks 35degrees. Today was a bit cooler at 30-31.

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#1043 Posted : Wednesday, 21 July 2021 7:25:44 PM(UTC)
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Dormant what sort of fruit trees do you grow? Ive been planting out quite a bit of different stuff at my place.

Looks like the temp is in freefall at the moment we could be looking at our coldest night/morning for the month tonight and tomorrow morning. Im hoping to set a new cold record for my place (currently stands at 17.1) has been almost a month of recording now. Currently cairns racecourse has dropped to 18.5 and Innisfail 15.9 I will be watching these numbers into the night and tomorrow morning.

Might be the only cool night we get this month!!!!! temps well above average across the board
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#1044 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 5:03:56 AM(UTC)
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Hiya Gt, brrrr, tis a tad cool, specially as my room is open to the verandah which is open to...but a quilt and feather doona waiting at the bottom, rolled up over puppy and me, we're fine, but sure have socks on right now, besides fluffy housecoat. Could be worse, 8C is a killer, and I'd not be here typing.

Well you might ask, Gt, it feels like we've planted everything in the book from the DPI titled Tropical Tree Fruits of Australia, (1983) since when I bought this lot in 1987 (don't ask how much we paid, grins) we were attending the Rare Fruit Council meetings in Mossman out of curiosity - or maybe it was a cheap afternoon/evening out. Lots of samples, seeds and plants to collect then and we planted them all. And over time tasted, savoured spat and cut down what wasn't worth maintaining.

We're now reduced to a valiant 30 year old seedless lime (the largest tree in the orchard which the cockatoos have tried, destructively, told each other that it's useless for seeds and have left my whole orchard alone through herd communication ever since!), eureka lemon, several mangoes (from seeds from the trees at the top of the Buchan Point road which has giant mangoes yearly but don't set fruit here because of die-off). An avenue of taun grows well, but like many bush tucker or lesser known tropical fruits are hardly worth the bother, retained as boundary trees and lures for bats. Syzygium jambos which is huge but ditto for bats. A canistel we've just cropped and a very creamy addition to our desserts. Persimmon, I still have hopes, mandarin, mulberries, lemon myrtle, allspice, pulasan...not much else.

Really, it's not worth us keeping trees that need a lot of work, netting and watering since we're getting old, heck, we are old. I envy the places like Murano's fuel depot in Miallo where he grew a mango which went to 15 feet, obviously didn't like, cut down, planted another and it's the same height already within the same short time and seemingly without pests BUT, he's surrounded by sugar cane for miles and obviously is well protected from predators. (lol, and prolly pees on them at night).
The long months from june till november is usually a very dry time, almost parched and a lot of work without a watering system. We're closer to the equator than say, Florida, yet we lack their common afternoon downpours and I envy that.

Now I've babbled on and not told you much at all, I just suggest plant and see. My side boundary neighbour has done that and I can't wait to see what happens to his gorgeous selection of partly grown trees he put in this past year. If I'm nice to him maybe I don't need to do all the work.... :))
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#1045 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 5:55:23 AM(UTC)
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Good morning everyone.

Thanks for a great read Dormant. 8° brrr. Didn't realise you had it quite so dry over your way.

15° here at 5:15am. Cold for me, bare arms exposed from the doona as I tap this with one finger on my phone.

I've been on my town block for 9 years. I have a double row of trees at the fence on the back lane, to stop the dust from speeding residents. And to hinder the willy willys that travel over from the far street.

My dustbreak makes a playground for bower birds, and shade for the many families of wandering town guinea fowl, and wallabies.

Mango tree is about 5 years old, finally well taller than me. Just into flower about ten days ago.

I have a Meyer lemon similar age which has had well laden crops the last few years. And a page mandarin same age, laden this year. Both need more water.

We are still on level 3 water restrictions. Council has built a large new tank on the hill, and the new town bore should be operating in the next few months - then we'll be able to water when we need to.

Have a small food patch up near the house with pawpaws, a lot of parsley and marigolds. Lettuce bolted and left me behind. Good bird attractor, and I'm happy to share my pawpaws.

The mango tree opposite the pub is completely covered in flowers. Looks magnificent.

It's lovely to have a fresh cool morning. We've had several weeks of 35° days, and wondering if our usual 40° days at the end of the dry will become 45°. Shudder...

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#1046 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:08:41 AM(UTC)
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Well as expected I smashed my cold record at my block this morning previous record 17.1 new record for this morning 13.3 !!!!! Cairns aero hit 13.1 as well as the racecourse with innisfail aero recording a bone chilling 10.4 !!!!

Dormant great to hear your story and experience. My fruit trees are all still young but i have mangosteen, durian, pulasan, rambutan, abiu, 4x different citrus, guava, mangoes, custard apples, jaboticaba, achacha and a few others still accumulating them at the moment will be a long time before many of them fruit.....Like you say i think cockatoos, bats etc will prove to be problematic on certain trees time will tell.
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#1047 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:13:42 AM(UTC)
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Yes, it was chilly, I'm still rugged up and not keen on outside work, lordy how they must feel in lower states, no wonder I don't travel.

Woohoo, a heap of work ahead of you, Gt, whilst not really enjoying guava taste I found them utterly ruined by maggots/worms when grown in Port Douglas. Good luck.
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#1048 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:22:08 AM(UTC)
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Yes, it was chilly, I'm still rugged up and not keen on outside work, lordy how they must feel in lower states, no wonder I don't travel.


Friend near Ipswich reported minus 2 degrees, yikes.
(His kids talked him into moving south from Calen. This is his first winter...)

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#1049 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:30:46 AM(UTC)
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Yes, it was chilly, I'm still rugged up and not keen on outside work, lordy how they must feel in lower states, no wonder I don't travel.

Woohoo, a heap of work ahead of you, Gt, whilst not really enjoying guava taste I found them utterly ruined by maggots/worms when grown in Port Douglas. Good luck.


Dormant you are right i didnt know about fruit fly problems and guava until 12 months after i planted it. Im going to try using mosquito netting on it if that doesnt stop them i will cut it down. i have around 30 fruit trees in ground at the moment I think I will end up with 100 +

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#1050 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:32:25 AM(UTC)
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Nice brisk morning as you have all noted. :)

We are moving house at the mo and will move my gauge today. I'm moving East and slightly North by 810m lol
If anything I think my new location could get slightly more rain than the present location. We have often seen
shower lines over the new place from the old.

Lots of big old fruit trees on the new place but most will go and we will replant a few selected varieties next wet season.
Any farming north of the river is hard and a lot of stuff that grows quite well just to the South struggles to fruit or set flower.

Better get back to it.
Have a great day weather watches :)


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#1051 Posted : Thursday, 22 July 2021 10:38:39 AM(UTC)
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Nice brisk morning as you have all noted. :)

We are moving house at the mo and will move my gauge today. I'm moving East and slightly North by 810m lol
If anything I think my new location could get slightly more rain than the present location. We have often seen
shower lines over the new place from the old.

Lots of big old fruit trees on the new place but most will go and we will replant a few selected varieties next wet season.
Any farming north of the river is hard and a lot of stuff that grows quite well just to the South struggles to fruit or set flower.

Better get back to it.
Have a great day weather watches :)


Cheers


Bunyip i think you will be surprised by the difference in rainfall over that short 810m, i have personally seen a significant difference in my rain gauge and a family member 420 metres away with mine consistently getting less rain.

Your not wrong in your extremely wet climate getting a lot of tropical fruits to flower without interruption from rain would be difficult. Rain at the wrong time of the year can be the worst.

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#1052 Posted : Sunday, 1 August 2021 10:09:46 AM(UTC)
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G'day all,

Weather certainly has turned it on the last couple of weeks, right on cue after the show hey Weary ;)

Cairn AP ending up 2c above avg mins and 1.2c above avg Max for July. Certainly noticed it with the jumper only coming out on a few occasions. Actually worn it more in this last week than before.

Yep plenty of good sized trout around, also a couple of horse bigmouth and big goldband coming over my gunnels. Gotta watch those bull sharks tho.
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#1053 Posted : Sunday, 1 August 2021 11:25:12 AM(UTC)
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Yeah it's been a warm winter so far that is for sure.
Got a pot belly in our new place and lit it last night just because we wanted too, certainly didn't need it.

Yeah sharks are all over anything with a hook in it , but we are told they are endangered, well they are around my boat :lol:

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#1054 Posted : Sunday, 1 August 2021 8:47:06 PM(UTC)
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Yeh warmer across the board, I recorded an average minimum of 18.4C at my place for the month with a low of 13.3 an average high of 25.4 with a high of 29.6. Rainfall for the month was 91.75mm with 91mm of that falling in the first 9 days. In the last 3 weeks I’ve recorded .75mm well and truly headed into the dry now.
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#1055 Posted : Sunday, 8 August 2021 7:27:47 AM(UTC)
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I would have been pleased with ten, but 22mm is remarkable.
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#1056 Posted : Sunday, 8 August 2021 8:59:41 AM(UTC)
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Lovely Dormant.

The murraya is flowering here, for some people. I think it's been misled...
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#1057 Posted : Sunday, 8 August 2021 10:49:48 AM(UTC)
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Greetings weather watchers..

Its been a beautiful month or so after the 6 month wet season..

We have been getting out fishing every week to the reef or Mackie grounds..Whales, dolphins and freezer full of fish...and mostly quite warm temps..

But,of course, the dominant highs are back, at least for the next few weeks..it wouldnt be bad to get a fall of rain butI hope this pattern doesnt set in for the next couple of months..

BOM is predicting an early onset to the Wet so we will see what happens..

Lockdown Cairns

I hope everyone has had their shots...It seems like this Delta strain of Covid will become widespread so we best enjoy what freedom we have before we are all in lockdown...
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#1058 Posted : Sunday, 8 August 2021 11:46:57 AM(UTC)
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My poor partner is suffering from his second vaccine shot on friday. Good thing his nurse hasn't had any symptoms....yet!
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#1059 Posted : Sunday, 15 August 2021 4:52:42 PM(UTC)
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Been fully 'jabbed up' for over a month now and apart from a slight sore arm on the first shot zero nil effects.

Anyway, this weather is proper crap, and another week to go it seems. Being flat out at work keeps the boat locked up in the yard anyway.

Been fully 'jabbed up' for over a month now and apart from a slight sore arm on the first shot zero nil effects.
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#1060 Posted : Monday, 16 August 2021 7:08:40 AM(UTC)
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yeah not enjoying this round of showers, trying to sort out our new yard and have a couple of good fire piles that need burning.
Also a lot more that needs pushing out and stacking up.


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