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.
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.
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?