WHY HOMEGROWN IS BEST
Reading the letter from Josephine Blackbourn (May 2018) about the TLC she gives her tamarillo trees made me think about all the things we do to get the best from our fruit and veges.
We too go to great lengths to get our tamarillo fruit to our table, including protecting them from frosts, strong winds and rosellas (well worth it because you just can’t get that taste when it comes from the supermarket). Not to mention spending hundreds of dollars on frost cloth and bird netting to protect our cherry and apple trees while still leaving a couple of trees without netting for the bellbirds and tūī to enjoy when their food is getting scarce. The bird netting is also used, along with chicken wire, to stop the birds and rats from eating the raspberries when they are in season. And I could go on…
But ultimately, the lengths we go to are outweighed by the freshness and taste of homegrown fruit and veges. You know that it is all worth the effort when serving homemade raspberry jam to your fouryear-old granddaughter who says, “Grandma, I didn’t know raspberry jam came from the garden.” Jill McFarlane, DUNEDIN