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Successional vegetable planting

25 October, 2022

Avoid a feast or famine with your vegetables coming ready in a glut. Learn how to succession plant to keep your vegetables growing and cropping right through the growing season.

Crop rotation for growing vegetables

25 October, 2022

Find out how to rotate the crops in your vegetable garden to help avoid pests and diseases building up and to help avoid the nutrient levels in the soil becoming deficient.

Being water wise all year round part 5: Smart irrigation choices

05 September, 2022

Part five of our series on how to be water wise in your garden: Learn about how to make waterwise choices when selecting and using irrigation.

The Home Orchard – Essential NZ Guide

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding and satisfying pastime. By following a few simple rules, it can also save heaps on your food bill.
This book puts together all you need to know to grow fruit successfully – range, best varieties, soil preparation, important cultural methods, minimal spraying, how and when to prune, fertiliser, and watering regimes. All varieties, products and practices are science proven and have been fully evaluated to ensure you get the best results and satisfaction, at the same time maintaining a strong focus on sustainability.
This book is written as a guide for the enthusiast with space, as well as gardeners with limited space typical of today’s small backyards. 140 illustrations and photographs enhance the science and evidenced based approach.  

It recommends:
A mix of fruits to provide a harvest every month of the year.
The best varieties for yield, taste and disease resistance.
Achievable and easily managed small trees for small spaces, including growing in pots.
Sustainable and Organic options.  
All of the information required to achieve success with growing a home orchard can be found in this book. The Home Orchard is a follow up to Garden Pest & Disease Control by Bill Brett who was recently awarded Associate of Honour Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture. Forward by Dr Keith Hammett- Plant Breeder.

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