Some help­ful home grown fruit hints

North Waikato News - - GARDENING -

opened leaves form­ing on the tips of the This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your inbox every Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­ing.co.nz plum branches. By be­ing ob­ser­vant, you can see the process in ac­tion and scare the birds off, if that’s your de­sire. I learned long ago that shoo­ing kereru away is a fairly point­less ac­tiv­ity,

as they are very de­ter­mined birds and never give up try­ing to fill their bel­lies with what­ever takes their fancy. They sim­ply re­turn again and again un­til they’re full. I try in­stead, to cap­ture them on film, or even in my mem­ory to en­joy later in the 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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