Some helpful home grown fruit hints
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.