Help­ful home grown fruit hints

Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING - ROBERT GUYTON

the stones and pits with a ham­mer, just enough

to let in the water when I soak them overnight and get the sprout­ing process started. I find the stones from or­gan­i­cal­ly­grown, her­itage va­ri­eties do very well, grow­ing quickly, fruit­ing early and re­sist­ing dis­eases in a man­ner su­pe­rior to store-bought trees. A pot­ted fruit tree, grown by your own hand, makes a great Christ­mas gift and costs next to noth­ing; all that’s re­quired is a lit­tle fore­sight. year when other plum grow­ers are pick­ing their fruits – I jest – there are al­ways more blos­soms and plums on our trees than any­one could hope for, de­spite the at­ten­tions of the kereru.

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