Apples and pears

Last weekend Tom heard Kath Irvine speaking to Kim Hill about growing fruit trees and decided we should grow some apples and pears. Seemed like a great idea to me (and would add to our walnuts, lemons and feijoas) so today we went fruit tree shopping*.

We often buy our plants from Garden Barn (formerly High St Plants) in Masterton because they have a great range, offer good service and can always advise us what’s suitable for Featherston (high winds, baking sun and frosts).

This is our pear tree – it’s going to grow juicy, green pears – I took this shot because in reality it looks like a tall, leafy, slightly lonely stick.


I was on staking the trees – I used Trade Aid twine, which is strong and fantastic.

Dual apple

One of our apple trees (we bought two) is a dual apple and will grow Royal Gala and Bromely on the same tree- two for the price of one. The other is a heritage variety that I’ve forgotten the name of but it will also grow nice, red eating apples.

We planted both apple trees in the front lawn, a sheltered place that gets good sun.

Autumn sun through our flowering cherry (back) – you can see both apple trees here but the second one just looks like a pile of dirt.

We agreed before we went to the garden center that we were only allowed to buy apples and pears – otherwise I would have come back with cherry, fig and nectarine trees… maybe next year?


7 Responses to Apples and pears

  1. Gemma says:

    Mmmm, we have a lot of apple trees (11 and counting) but then we live on a block. I have high hopes of making our own cider one day! Careful of the twine cutting into the neck of the tree, they will thicken up fast.

  2. More unsolicited advice – make sure there is a grass-free circle at the base of the fruit trees – mulch it with something to prevent the grass growing right up against the trunk. Fruit trees don’t like to have grass around their drip-lines.

    • tomandemma says:

      Great! Thank you – I was thinking of digging a circle round them and making a brick border so will do that this weekend. You might have also diagnosed why our feijoas are so sad.

  3. They might also need a feed. They need feeding in autumn and spring. If you clear the base of grass and then give them a good feed of ‘sheep pellets’ (sheep poo made into compact pellets, you buy bags of it from garden centre) that might cheer it up. Lemon trees also do better with a twice yearly feed of sheep pellets. X H

  4. […] (our first day back from Southland Christmas) I dug a border around the apple tree. When we planted the trees Helen told me fruit trees don’t like grass around them so this has been on the jobs list for […]

  5. […] great thing about this blog is I can chart the tree’s journey. We planted them in May 2012 and I see – rather shockingly – it’s been almost a whole year that I’ve […]

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