Spring

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Haskap with clover, kale and young Welsh bunching onions

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Burdock

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It’s the last few days for the chickens in this late winter through early spring run beneath currants, gooseberries, brambles, plums, cherry, peach, grape and kiwi

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‘Sweet purple’ Asparagus and Italian parsley

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Apricot, Lemonbalm, mixed Alliums and some of the neighbour’s scaffolding

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Chicory, Egyptian walking onions

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Valerian coming through white clover, Haskap behind

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Newly planted Salal berry seedlings, Broadbeans, Sweet Cicely and Comfrey beneath Whitecurrant, Maqui and Elaeagnus x ebbingei

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Haskap, Hardy Kiwi, Goji

Maqui berry

Aristotelia chilensis

Available now free to a good home (minimum 3…they are either male or female, you need both for fruit and 3 is better than 2!)

6 month old seedlings 40-50cm.  A native plant of the Valdivian temperate rainforests in South America. Edible fruit are small purple-black berries. Fast growing for us, reaching 170cm in the second year. These beautiful evergreen trees are dioecious: both a male and female tree are needed for fruiting. Best to plant a grove or hedgerow of three or more to increase the chances of pollination. Most suited to a sunny/dappled forest edge system with protection from cold winds.

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Late summer / early autumn

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Left to right: Egremont russet, Liberty, Tydeman’s late orange, Belle de Boskoop. Habitate heritage fruits nursery (www.habitate.co.nz) have just released their 2016 catalogue, be in quick to order these varieties plus many more, all suited to our southern climate.

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‘Liberty’ apple

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‘Merton russet’ apple espalier

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Lettuce, Egyptian walking onions and oregano

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‘Blackboy’ peach and blackcurrants

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Home base for chickens: under a large Hoheria tree that provides wind and rain shelter, shade, leaf litter; an open air covered roost (obscured right); constant access to deep litter/compost piles; bucket and tray for dry foods; water tray (left) raised on block to limit scratched in debris; additional evergreen shrub shelter foreground right (Elaeagnus x ebbingei). All positioned mid-garden to allow multiple easily fenced rotations.

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Double grafted pear: ‘Conference’ right, Wanaka pear (Winter Nellis?) left

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Fast growing grove of Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry)

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‘Albany surprise’ grape

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Purple sprouting broccoli, curly kale and a newly planted border of Welsh bunching onions and chicory

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Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry) seedlings

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Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry)