Good fruit, bad fruit

Plant healthy fruit­ing plants, but be­ware of in­vaders

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD WEEKEND -

GROW­ING your own is the lat­est trend in the world of gar­den­ing, so why not em­brace the con­cept of cre­at­ing a food gar­den that pro­vides healthy, fresh and tasty veg­gies, herbs and fruit for your fam­ily?

The na­tional “Plant Me In­stead” cam­paign en­cour­ages gardeners to re­move in­va­sive fruit­ing plants and re­place them with eco­log­i­cally sound fruit­ing plants.

THE BAD PLANTS

There are a host of “bad” fruit bear­ing in­vader plants listed in three cat­e­gories of the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion. Cat­e­gory 1 in­vaders are the worst and must be re­moved and de­stroyed by law. They in­clude the prickly pear (Op­un­tia species), blue pas­sion flower (Pas­si­flora caerula), ba­nana poka or ban­dadilla (Pas­si­flora mol­lis­sima), grand­ina (Pas­si­flora sub­peltata), the Dur­ban guava (Psid­ium x dur­ba­nen­sis) and Amer­i­can bram­ble (Rubus cuneifolius).

The com­mon guava (Psid­ium gua­java) and Euro­pean black­berry (Rubus fru­ti­co­sus) are listed as Cat­e­gory 2 aliens which mean that they can only be grown if you have a per­mit.

Al­though you can keep ex­ist­ing species listed as Cat­e­gory 3 plants in your gar­den, they can no longer be sold or prop­a­gated. Fruit-bear­ing plants in this cat­e­gory in­clude the cof­fee tree (Cof­fea ara­bica), lo­quat (Eri­obotrya japon­ica), pi­tanga or Suri­nam cherry (Euge- nia uni­flora), white or com­mon mul­berry (Morus alba), straw­berry guava (Psid­ium cat­tleianum), Brazil­ian guava (Psid­ium guineense), jam­bolan (Syzy­gium cumini) and rose ap­ple (Syzy­gium jam­bos).

THE GOOD PLANTS

If you are an eco-friendly gar­dener, choose to plant en­vi­ron­ment­friendly, wa­ter-wise fruit trees in your gar­den or on your verge this sum­mer. Dur­ing the An­glo-Boer War, the res­i­dents of Kim­ber­ley planted fruit trees along their pave­ments, and to­day, Kim­ber­ley is ahead of the en­tire na­tion in lead­ing the cam­paign to re­in­state the plant­ing of fruit trees in parks and pub­lic spa­ces that are ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity.

Fruit orig­i­nat­ing from other Mediter­ranean-cli­mate re­gions of the world, which ex­pe­ri­ence hot dry sum­mers and wet win­ters, are the ideal choice.

Olives. Olive trees make an at­trac­tive gar­den plant. To fruit well, olives need an av­er­age daily tem­per­a­ture of ap­prox­i­mately 11-13°C in win­ter.

Grapes. Good drainage is an im­per­a­tive, as grapes do not tol­er­ate wa­ter­logged soil. Prune in win­ter to en­cour­age high qual­ity fruits.

Figs. Figs don’t need a rich soil, but it must be well drained.

Cit­rus. Orig­i­nat­ing in trop­i­cal South East Asia, cit­rus plants are now grown suc­cess­fully in Mediter­ranean re­gions as they need most wa­ter­ing from au­tumn to win­ter when they flower and fruit.

De­cid­u­ous fruit trees. No gar­den should be without plums, peaches, apri­cots, nec­tarines, ap­ples, pears, grapes, pomegranates or Cape goose­ber­ries.

IN­VADER: You need a per­mit to grow the com­mon guava.

PIC­TURE: KAY MONT­GOMERY

THINK SUN­DAES: De­li­cious and nu­tri­tious.

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