EDI­BLES

Imag­ine hav­ing fruit to pick from your gar­den 365 days of the year. With care­ful plan­ning it’s more than pos­si­ble, even in a town sized gar­den.

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Fruit all year round

To make space for more fruit choose dwarf va­ri­eties and those that can be trained against a wall. Fruit trees don’t just pro­vide fruit they’re mul­ti­func­tional. For in­stance, if you need shade, plant a fruit tree or a fruit­ing vine over a per­gola. Dou­ble and triple grafted trees al­low you to grow two va­ri­eties on one tree, en­sur­ing pol­li­na­tion and ex­tend­ing the har­vest sea­son at the same time.

Take time when plan­ning your plant­ing to se­lect va­ri­eties with dif­fer­ent fruit­ing times and those that also suit your cli­mate. Some fruit trees need a cer­tain amount of win­ter chill­ing be­fore they will pro­duce fruit. Oth­ers are for warm frost free cli­mates only.

A great way to get help with your fu­ture food for­est is to visit your gar­den cen­tre and ask which va­ri­eties will be the best for your area and cli­mate. Visit www.gog­a­r­den­ing.co.nz for fur­ther ideas and in­spi­ra­tion.

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