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Growing Apples (Malus domestica)
Apples have been eaten for thousands of years and the number of varieties is staggering.
Planting your fruit (and nut) trees
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.
New Zealanders spend significantly more on bananas than any other fruit. On average, each family consumes 18kg of imported bananas every year.
Fruit facts - Almonds
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.
Naturally Fruity: Avocados
The avocado fruit has a completely unique taste and can take over 12 months to mature on the tree.
Rosemary - one of those wonderful herbs …
Rosemary is such an important medicinal and culinary herb it seems that there is a great opportunity for good quality locally grown products.
Get a Taste for Growing Fennel
Some years ago I bought a punnet of fennel seedlings from my local garden centre.
Jerusalem Artichokes are a strange plant, or you could say a wrongly named vegetable.
Laundry Detergent Does Grow on Trees …
The Soap Nut or Soap Berry is an extraordinary tree that produces a nut with high saponin content.
Walnuts - Tasty, nutritious & healthy
Ever wanted to make the ultimate statement of self-sufficiency at Christmas time?
Figs are deciduous and grow to become very large trees - an ideal niche crop on a lifestyle property looking to supply an urban market.
Saffron - Crocus Sativus has been cultivated for its valuable stigma for over 3000 years. Growing saffron is a delicate balancing act.
Growing Pine Nuts
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?
Growing dayliles for plants and flowers
Not only do Daylilies have an extraordinary variety of blooms to enjoy but they are also delicious to eat.
Growing lavender for profit
Lavender seems to have it all. It looks fantastic when it's flowering - painting the countryside in a haze of purple.
Growing Garlic for profit
For those people with a relatively small amount of land growing, garlic may be worth considering.
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