THE FIRST FEI­JOAS HAVE LANDED

Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING -

Straight onto the tram­po­line at our place. I ate so many of these per­fumed suck­ers as a kid that apart from Lothlo­rien Win­ery’s de­li­cious or­ganic sparkling fe­jioa wines I feel I’ve al­most done my dash with them for life. How­ever, a line of ne­glected fei­joa trees pro­vides the only shade and pri­vacy on our sec­tion un­til new trees take off, so I’m grate­ful for their ev­er­green pres­ence and use as a lunch­box filler.

Fei­joas are so ubiq­ui­tous in our gar­dens, it’s crazy to think that you’d ever need to buy them ($11 per kilo right now) at the su­per­mar­ket. ‘‘But we’ve al­ready got so many of them at home,’’ I re­mem­ber my stan­dard-three teacher sigh­ing when I brought her in a loaded bag of them.

If you want to join this great Kiwi garden tra­di­tion, fei­joa trees are avail­able in garden cen­tres from now un­til win­ter. Take your pick from early, mid-sea­son and late va­ri­eties as well as dwarf and self-fer­tile types. Check out www.ed­i­ble.co.nz and www.waimea­nurs­eries.co.nz for the va­ri­eties cur­rently avail­able

In an at­tempt to rekin­dle my

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