Farmlet Facts

Land Area:

5.8HA / 14.3 acres


The writing is a bit small I know. If you are like me and resisting bifocals you can click to enlarge.

The writing is a bit small I know. If you are like me and resisting bifocals you can click to enlarge.

Read about Giselle’s Folly here.

Read about the Orange Grove here.

Read about the Bottom Paddock here.

Read about the Strip Paddock here.

Residents on site:

At CEDARS house: Chrissy B, The Forbearing Husband, Favorite Stepson, Kitty-Pop, Maisie and Nina.

At KRAGBOLS house: Deborah and Stephen.

CEDARS House Floor Plan:

CEDARS house plan.

CEDARS floor plan — approximate only.

Fruit trees on site:

  • Lemons x 4  (1 Lisbon, 3 Meyer)
  • Navel oranges x 30
  • Blood Orange x 1
  • Tangerine x 2 (sour and full of pips — removed 2018 after the fencing extravaganza)
  • Tangelo x 1 (same fate as above)
  • Grapefruit x 1: Planted on CEDARS side of Upper Meadow in July 2016.
  • Pomelo x 1
  • Mandarins x 3 (see above note about pips etc)
  • Nectarine (Nana’s): planted July 2019 in chicken run (variety from Kaitaia supposed to withstand Northland humidity and fruit well)
  • Lime x 2: Original lime (Bearss?) in chicken run has quite a bit of citrus borer. GP says it will probably survive. Succession lime (Tahitian) was planted north side of Top Paddock shelter belt in September 2016.
  • Kaffir Lime x 1: First was planted near the chicken run August 2016 and subsequently destroyed in July 2017 by a falling shelter belt tree. A replacement is in the garden at House Kragbol.
  • Figs x 2: The third fig, which was planted right next to the deck about 3 feet from CEDARS house, was removed by DFM in August 2016, and re-removed after it grew back by SB and RWC.
  • Pears x 2
  • Apples x 1: The older one by the orange grove looks in very poor condition, HB says ditch it and start again (we waited a while, but it has subsequently been removed as it didn’t recover). A replacement, planted July 2016 on east side of chicken run is a Captain Kidd.
  • Plums x 3: The ‘Louisa’ is young and in good condition, ‘Whomping Plum’ is looking very sad, a Billington’s Early was planted July 2019 alongside the others.
  • Guavas yellow x 1
  • Guava red x 1
  • Olive x 1
  • Feijoas x 9
  • Pomegranate x 1 (not yet old enough to fruit, but identified by CRW). After 3 years of no fruit we wonder whether it is an ornamental pomegranate. If so its days are numbered.
  • Banana palm x 1 (ex- Uncle F, Riddell Road Banana Republic). Suffered from frost damage 2016 and 2017, but doing better in 2018 since removal of the two large cypress that were shading it in the morning. Fruited for the first time Summer 2018/19.
  • Loquat x 5: Two were on property when we arrived — one in chicken run, one next to TinyTiny. We planted an additional three in August 2019 between CEDARS and Kragbol’s. Of these latest three one closest to the shelter belt is Thames Pride, the other two are Kaitaia Gold.
  • Macadamias x 2 (both chain-sawed to the ground by B-Ps, but starting to make a come-back)
  • Tamarillo x 1 (yellow variety, was hit hard by frost in the 2015 winter) RIP 2016.
  • Kumquat x 1 (removed 2016, cute looking but useless to eat)
  • Persimmon x 1: Being crowded out by the shelter belt in the chicken run, but freed by CB in August 2016 from the Totara seedlings that were also encroaching on it. Update 2018: looking healthier, but seems unlikely to fruit given lack of sun under shelter belt. Maybe replace. Persimmon destroyed by a falling shelter belt tree August 2019.
  • Cherimoya x 1 (between old bean fence and the Bottom Paddock fence, near fig tree). Removed 2018 as not thriving, and leaning on wire fencing.
  • Avocado (Hass) planted in the clearing August 2019. Hopes are high for its survival and plentiful fruiting in years to come.

Other random fruiting plants:

  • Grapevines x 2. One had to be removed for fencing in Bottom Paddock. The other in the chicken run never fruited as shaded out by feijoa trees.
  • Passionfruit vine x 4. One near feijoas in chicken area, not getting much sun and little fruit. Three more planted 2017 against swimming pool fence on CEDARS house Nom-Nom lawn. As at August 2019 one of these still survives.
  • Blueberry x 1
  • Boysenberry x 1