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Running the Farm : Crops

The articles below cover a number of topics growing crops. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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Rosemary is such an important medicinal and culinary herb it seems that there is a great opportunity for good quality locally grown product. 

Pine Nuts not only taste fabulous and are rich in protein, oil and a great source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), but what would pesto be without pine nuts?

Codling moth is one of the most common pests in New Zealand orchards.

For those people with a relatively small amount of land growing garlic may be worth considering. 

Lavender seems to have it all. It looks fantastic when it's flowering - painting the countryside in a haze of purple.

Not only do Daylilies have an extraordinary variety of blooms to enjoy but they are also delicious to eat.

Saffron - Crocus Sativus has been cultivated for its valuable stigma for over 3000 years. Growing saffron is a delicate balancing act.

Christopher Columbus was one of the first Europeans to discover Chillies.

There is an old saying that you put a $1 tree in a $10 hole. Inflation may adjust the figures but it still holds true. Put tenfold the effort into planting and you set your tree up for life.

Figs are deciduous and grow to become very large trees - an ideal niche crop on a lifestyle property looking to supply an urban market.

Ever wanted to make the ultimate statement of self sufficiency at Christmas time?

The Soap Nut or Soap Berry is an extraordinary tree that produces a nut with high saponin content.

Apples have been eaten for thousands of years and the number of varieties is staggering.

Jerusalem Artichokes are a strange plant, or you could say a wrongly named vegetable.

Some years ago I bought a punnet of fennel seedlings from my local garden centre.

The almond is a dry-fleshed cousin of a peach with a tasty kernel. It is one of the first trees to blossom in spring and is long-lived for a fruit tree, living up to 70 years old.

Shining Gum (Eucalyptus nitens) has been promoted as the tree to provide us with a perpetual firewood supply.

Grafting not only allows us to select the particular characteristics of the top part of the tree (so that we have the fruit we desire), but it also allows us to select the most appropriate rooting system

Truffles are types of edible mushrooms (fungi) that grow on the roots of certain trees.

The avocado fruit has a completely unique taste and can take over 12 months to mature on the tree.

New Zealanders spend significantly more on bananas than any other fruit. On average, each family consumes 18kg of imported bananas every year.

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