It’s time to get busy in the garden
August is a great time for planting fruit trees.
Rainfall and temperatures are reliable and the soil is soft for digging, so your fruit trees get the best start before they begin shooting and fruiting.
The best time to plant fruit trees is in winter, when they are dormant and the best place to plant is in an open, sunny position, sheltered from strong winds.
Fruit trees will grow in a wide range of soil types, as long as there is good drainage.
When planting, mix some compost with good soil in the base of the hole, and add slow release fertiliser. NovaTec is recommended.
For the first one to two years it is best to remove the fruit from the tree when they form; this allows the tree to concentrate all its resources into establishing a strong root network.
Every home needs a Meyer lemon tree in the yard; these are well suited to cold temperatures and easy to grow.
My tree fruits nearly all year round and the convenience of having fresh lemon juice for pancakes and fish fillets is superb.
The Palmers winter sale is offering big discounts on ceramic pots, so this is a great opportunity to plant up citrus trees in large pots for the patio. I recommend spraying pot sealer inside your pots to keep them looking nice. It also means less watering. Fruiting mandarin and lime trees on patios look fantastic and are handy for cooking.