GROW A FRUIT TREE
It’s still a little early to plant barerooted fruit trees but if you’re determined to make fruit the core of your forest, prepare the planting hole now then wait patiently for the sales that often come in August. A good hole back-filled with quality compost and some slow-release fertiliser will give a fruit tree a great start to life and make the later planting a breeze at a time when winter may have softened your digging Eastwoodhill Aboretum
(www.eastwoodhill.org.nz) with its collection of native and exotic trees. Take note of specimens that take your fancy and if possible, pick the brains of the gardens’ curator about the conditions they need as well as how tall they grow plus anything else you need to know. They are a minefield of expert information.
Robert’s wife Robyn oversees planting a grafted apple tree.