Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fruit tree season

It's that time of year again. We've been scanning the catalogues for interesting fruit tree varieties to add to our orchard. We have a couple of local heritage figs on order from Koanga nurseries, also an apple called 'Monty's Surprise', heralded as "the best anti-cancer eating apple in the world". We already have quite a few apple trees but couldn't resist adding this one, especially since we have the space! Would also like to get a couple of pear trees, and maybe try growing some apricots, not sure how they will fare in our northern climate but we won't know until we try!
Have decided to use feijoas as hedging along the citrus orchard to offer some protection from the winds. We were going to put up a shelter fence, but it makes sense to plant something edible! We'll have tons of feijoas in years to come, but maybe that'll be when it's time to dabble in homemade winemaking!

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