Popular Mechanics (South Africa)

Avoid plants that are susceptibl­e to diseases or pests in your area.


High-yield fruit trees such as apples tend to require fertiliser­s and often have pest issues and shorter lives. Best case scenario, they’ll produce for about 40 years. If you want fruit, try lowermaint­enance varieties such as jujube, which likes a warm, dry climate with sandy soil, or species native to your area. Nut trees can live and produce for hundreds of years. When harvesting, take only what you need. Leave the rest for the critters.

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