Pick a pocketful of fruit

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As the slippery-dips get a dust off and the sound of excited children begin to fill our playgrounds once again, there's one playspace in particular we think you may want to add to your must-visit list. With an abundance of activities on offer, including loads of play equipment, a tennis court and a basketball ring there's one area that makes this North Adelaide park quite unique. A free community pocket orchard. 

The orchard, located at Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga (Park 9), is filled with a delicious abundance of fruit trees including lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, grapefruit and tangelo, as well as quince and persimmon. There's even a macadamia tree.

"We'll see some fruit ripe for picking throughout winter and beyond."
Jessica, City of Adelaide Horticulture Team

A small horticulture team is responsible for the maintenance of the parks and gardens around North Adelaide. This includes Brougham Gardens, Bush Magic Playground, Eighty Eight O’Connell and the pocket orchard at Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga (Park 9)

Bundey's Paddock is a picturesque park across the road from the Adelaide Archery Club and next door to the *Olive Groves (Park 8 and 9). The horticulture team have been busy recently weeding, planting and preparing the orchard and surrounds to ensure it's looking it's winter best.

To get the low-down on this hidden garden gem, we spoke with the City of Adelaide’s horticulture team.

If you’d like to get your hands on some of the yummy fruit on offer, the team recommends visiting the orchard from June through to August.

Persimmons ripen from April through to June, whilst quince and macadamias are ready to pick around March or April through to August.

The macadamia tree is still a bit young, so we're not likely to see any seeds on that for a few years yet.

Tasks performed by the team include; maintaining the irrigation, mulching, fertilising, weed removal, pruning, disease and pest control.

“Our fruit trees are still developing, so at this stage we tend to them once a fortnight,” says Jessica. “We also have a fantastic group of residents, known as ‘Community Custodians’. They're a bunch of volunteers who assist us with the care of the fruit trees.”

Jessica in the orchard lemon tree

JESSICA TENDING TO ONE OF THE LEMON TREES IN THE POCKET ORCHARD.

Beyond fruit-picking, Bundey’s Paddock is a wonderful place to spend time. It features beautifully manicured gardens and great recreation areas including free barbecues and picnic tables.

Top 5 gardening tips

If you’re inspired to start growing your own or already have fruit trees at home, the Horticulture Team have shared their top five tips for growing tasty home-grown citrus fruit.

  1. Make sure you water your fruit trees consistently through the hot, dry months.
  2. Check for any pest and diseases including citrus gall. Use Eco-oil for citrus leaf miner, it’s a great treatment and the best time to spray is in spring.
  3. Fertilise every six weeks with an organic citrus fertiliser. Ensure you’re providing your fruit tree with the right fertiliser. Citrus trees love organic, composted chicken manure. A liquid seaweed can also help boost activity in the soil.
  4. Regularly prune your fruit trees, this will help to keep your trees compact and will make it much easier when it comes time to harvest your fruit.
  5. Mulch base of trees ensuring to keep the mulch way from the main trunk .

*Please note that a permit is required to harvest olives in the city. This helps to ensure fruit pickers are harvesting for normal domestic use only and not for commercial purposes.

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Melanie Stewart

Melanie Stewart

Having lived interstate, Melanie is an avid promoter of her beloved hometown, Adelaide. With a passion for community and sustainability, she loves sharing stories of everyday people, doing extraordinary things.