Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Scaling Down Our Fruit Trees

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Scaling Down Our Fruit Trees

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Byline: GERRY AND VALERIE ZWART

IN OUR wonderful gardening world of breeders producing more and more different new plants for us to enjoy, we're so fortunate to live in this area where so many of those new varieties thrive.

With housing blocks sometimes less than half the size they were 20 years ago, householders in many cases don't have the space to grow the fruit trees and vegetables for their households as well as have a lawn where the children can play, so some of the new dwarf variety fruit trees are a real boon for them.

Over the past couple of years we've written about the great dwarf citrus available now, but there are so many more, and the latest one we found recently is the dwarf black mulberry, which should provide ample fruit to keep a small family happy, leaving room for that lawn too!

Morus nigra is the botanical name, and this delicious fruit-bearing tree is an early, heavy cropping small tree producing delicious flavoured mulberries.

The trees grow well in ground and large pots, and pruning several times throughout the year, encourages multiple cropping, keeping it small, and therefore easy to cover with netting if you have problems with birds getting to the fruit, and these trees suit the subtropics very well!

Dwarf mulberries can be kept under 3m, they do best in full sun, and if grown in large pots should be provided with top-quality potting mix -- Searle's Premium Potting Mix with 8-month controlled release fertiliser would give them a great start in life.

Just think a moment about the delicious fresh fruit straight from the tree, and when you find you have too much to eat fresh, you can make yummy jam, and how about some mulberry wine.

Microgreens

THAT unusual heading is referring to the new Yates microgreens that are exceptionally quick and easy to grow, providing a fresh taste sensation and adding a gourmet touch to your food. …

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