Good fruit, bad fruit
Plant healthy fruiting plants, but beware of invaders
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.
THINK SUNDAES: Delicious and nutritious.