It’s time to get busy in the gar­den

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATT BRILL

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.

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