As a fruiting plant the Feijoa has to be at the top of my “favourites” list. It requires minimal attention to produce good quantities of fruit every year; is free of most pests and diseases; and requires littlespraying. Supply ample food and water and it will perform. There are a number of types of Feijoa […]
Citrus trees are a common fruit tree for NZ gardeners and in most areas grow in open ground or in containers with protection during winter. Citrus trees cross very easily which has created a large number of types over the years. The genus Citrus appears to have originated in Southeast Asia with the following types: […]
Potential problems you may encounter with growing and caring for citrus. An important aspect for your citrus tree is the area between the trunk and the drip line. This is the area where you want micro organisms to work and thrive, so avoid using any Herbicides, chemical sprays and fertilisers it this area. Instead hand […]
I am always interested in any new variety of fruit that comes available to the home garden market. The nursery, Incredible edibles, will soon be releasing a newly breed bramble called ‘Thornless Jewell’. Breed by Plant & Food Research to produce a thornless bramble with easy care and a good flavour.
After last week’s article on fruit a reader sent me an email with further information about how good fruit is for you, this is especially so when you grow your own fruiting plants because you have the control on what minerals and chemicals are used or not used. I would like to share the information […]
Native to South America, Tamarillos (or tree-tomatoes as my grandmother called them), were introduced to NZ in the late 1800’s. The small, large-leafed trees thrive in moderate NZ conditions – and need shelter and light, well-drained soil. The fruit have remained a popular seasonal treat due to their unique flavour, nutritional qualities and attractive colour. […]
With the burgeoning interest of city dwellers in growing their own food, one of the key challenges to food gardeners has been resolved with a new release of the www.cityfoodgrowers.com organic gardening web site. At the click of mouse, gardeners from any location in Australia, USA and New Zealand can select by day, month or plant […]