I think I have moles. They're not causing any major problems yet, unless they're nibbling at my root vegetables where I can't see them. There are semi feral cats around though, so I doubt the moles will last too long.
Pushed by my son's interest, we planted a bunch of peach pits in a row beside each other.
We foraged the pits, so I have no idea what kind of peaches, but considering where they were I'm guessing they were decorative peach trees. I don't really need any decorative peach trees... but it will be interesting to see if they come up in the spring. We decided if we get more than one or two we would give them away as gifts.
It's my first attempt at doing tree nursery type gardening, so I think it will be a very good learning experience. Especially if I have partial success.
This might spur me to get some kiwis going too... They might work growing up our back porch.
I didn't even know you could get decorative peaches! I suppose decorative cherries, crab apples so why not! You could always look into grafting onto them in furture I suppose.
I suppose you are aware of the potentially vigorous nature of the kiwi vine? I had to evict mine from the polytunnel. It did fruit, but small and sour, we don't really have the heat for it in autumn to ripen and it shaded too much - I did get into a routine to pruning it to maintain it but it didn't survive being transplanted outside. I have thought about other kiwi species (Actinidia arguta and A. kolomitka rather than A. deliciosa) and I may still try them. They are supposed to be less vigorous, earlier fruiting and without the hairy skins of the bigger kiwi fruit.
Just a warning (not my kiwi):
Nancy Reading wrote:
I suppose you are aware of the potentially vigorous nature of the kiwi vine?
I wasn't really aware of kiwis in particular, but I'm familiar with how many vining perennials can be overpowering.
That could be a benefit! The real problem is needing a male and female and finding space for both... we have a very small lot and it's already overfull. I'm beginning to consider replacements for edibles.
There are some self fertile kiwis. Mine was 'Jenny'. It fruited well (took a few years to start flowering) the flowers are really pretty - like large pale apricot apple blossom- so would make a nice bower for a few weeks. I gather the fruit are slightly smaller in self fertile varieties - smaller than a chicken egg.
Lots of other edible climbers for your climate. I've tried a few, but really need more warmth, even in the tunnel: passionflower, Akebia, five flavour berries. Diascorea might be another option for you - would grow in a large planter perhaps. Hablitizia has very nice edible leaves, doesn't want it too hot and dry.