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- Ferguson Valley -

OUR ORCHARD

SPRAY FREE PRODUCE

A LABOUR OF LOVE

The property has an interesting fruit growing history as it was a noted
orchard property around the turn of the century.


The existing orchard was established in 2010 with an initial planting of around 75 different fruit trees and 30 berry and currant varieties. Since then, numbers have grown to around 105 trees and 46 vines and bushes. Species that do not produce well (or at all) are either replaced with something else, or have other varieties grafted onto it. So, it is always a work in progress.


The soil is alluvial river loam, so a vast contrast to Perth sand. The
quantity of fruit that is produced is amazing with over 100kg off some
varieties.

We must confess we cannot take credit for the orchard. While we tend to the cattle and the bees Dave's father, Brian, spends many hours pruning, thinning, and picking the fruit in the orchard. 

APPLES

1850's | Massachusetts USA

The skin is dark red over yellow with a slight russet and lenticels. The white flesh is firm but not hard and is delicately sweet. A great apple.

Harvest | Jun

Location | Homestead West

AMERICAN BEAUTY
APPLE

United Kingdom | 1825

 

One of the most famous apples, it is excellent eating with a rich flavour... and it stores well.

Harvest | Feb to Mar

COX'S ORANGE PIPPIN
HERITAGE APPLE

USA | 1890

 

Top variety all over the world. Creamy flesh and a heavy bearer.

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Mar to Apr

GOLDEN DELICIOUS
APPLE

USA | 1826

 

Red and yellow tinged skin. Crisp and juicy white flesh. Needs to be picked early as it tends to drop. Good cooking apple..

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Feb

JONATHAN
APPLE

Canada | 1800

 

As well as being a very famous eating apple, the McIntosh is also good for cider. This white flesh apple may drop early and doesn’t keep.

Harvest | Mar

MCINTOSH
HERITAGE APPLE

Also known as Cripps Red and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Jonathan. This late producing apple has red-green skin and white flesh and is excellent eating. As well as being a good pollinator it also stores well.

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | Jun

SUNDOWNER
APPLE

New Zealand | 1952

A popular commercial variety in the UK. It is a high quality apple with a very crisp, juicy flesh and sweet/tart balance. It is okay for cooking.

Harvest | May to Jun

BRAEBURN
HERITAGE APPLE

Japan

 

Highly rated all over the world.  Sweet and creamy flesh. Stores well refrigerated.

 

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Apr to May

FUJI
APPLE

Australian Seedling | 1860

 

Tart-tangy, crisp flavour and bright green skin. One of the best apples for eating and cooking. Heavy cropper.

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Apr to May

GRANNY SMITH
APPLE

New Zealand | 1924

 

This apple is a cross of Cox's Orange and Red Delicious. It is an excellent eating apple with creamy white flesh. It is aromatic, crisp and sweet.

Harvest | Feb to Mar

KID'S ORANGE RED
HERITAGE APPLE

Western Australia | 1979

 

This apple is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady William. The skin has a pink blush over a yellow undertone. Its crisp crunch and smooth texture assure the ultimate in dessert quality eating apples. Best in cooler regions.

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Apr to May

PINK LADY
APPLE

1898

 

Very good bittersweet cider apple with good tannins, sugars and acidity slow to ferment.  Drops when ripe and tends and to be biennial.

 

Harvest | Apr

YARLINGTON MILL
HERITAGE APPLE

United Kingdom | 1813

 

This large fruit stores well and is the most popular cooking apple.

 

Harvest | Mar to Apr

BRAMLEY'S SEEDLING
HERITAGE APPLE

New Zealand | 1934

 

A top quality apple that keeps well. It has creamy, firm and crisp flesh.

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Apr to May

GALA
APPLE

Holland | 1700's

 

Excellent fresh or cooked but poor keeping. It makes a pleasant cider.

 

Harvest | Jan to Feb

GRAVENSTEIN
HERITAGE APPLE

Western Australia | 1935

 

This Donnybrook seedling likes a long warm autumn and can hang until August. It has a firm white flesh and stores well.

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | Jun to Jul

LADY WILLIAM
APPLE

USA | 1800's

 

This heavy cropper has large glossy red fruit  and is very sweet when fully ripe. Good eating and prized for cooking. 

Harvest | May to Jun

ROME BEAUTY
HERITAGE APPLE

BERRIES

Developed by CSIRO. This fruit was planted here in 2018 and has thumb size fruit with blood red skin. We have yet to get a good harvest off this one, but we are looking forward to it maturing further.

First Flower | Nov

Harvest | July

RED CENTRE
FINGER LIME

Deep green to yellow seedless fruits with an acidic flavour. Best picked when just ripe (at first sign of a yellow blush).

The fruits will drop when yellow.

This is an abundant producer, forcing us to be creative to limit fruit wastage. There is only so much lime cordial you can drink!

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | May to June

TAHITIAN
LIME

The fruit is large, thin skinned and seedless. The fruit is sweet and juicy late the in season, and will drop if left too long on the tree.

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | June to Aug

WASHINGTON NAVEL
ORANGE

Medium to large seedless fruits with a very juicy, rich flavour. This tree produces heavy crops and tends to drop the fruit. It is always a mad rush to progressively pick before they fall to the ground.

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | Jun to Dec

MARSH SEEDLESS
GRAPEFRUIT

Of the 4 trees that we have, 2 fruit much later and produce fruit with thicker skins and more seeds. The 2 earlier fruiting trees are on Trifoliata rootstock. Each pair of trees were purchased from different sources which could account for the vast difference between the fruits despite them being the same variety.

 

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | Jul to Aug

IMPERIAL
MANDARIN

This tree produces fruit all year round. While the fruit is perfectly balanced on the palate with very few seeds, they do have a very think pith.

Alexander has been known to wander down to the orchard straight from the school bus, to pick the lemons to make fresh lemonade - just in time for his sisters to arrive home from highschool!

 

First Flower | Oct

Harvest | All Year Round

EUREKA
LEMON

These seedless fruits have thick skins with a sweet flavour. They are very good for juicing. While they look ripe, we don't pick them until they turn sweet, which can take many more months.

First Flower | Sep

Harvest | Oct to Mar

VALENCIA
ORANGE

CITRUS

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