How does your edible garden grow? Whether it's a balcony garden, a backyard oasis or an extensive orchard, there are a number of items that will help you grow your delicious, fresh kitchen ingredients.
Growing a multi-grafted fruit tree isn't as simple as sticking your tree in some dirt and walking away, but they are pretty easy to grow!
Here are 10 must-have items to use and keep in the shed to start you off and get you eating yummy fresh fruits from your very own Fruit Salad Tree!
Selecting a good potting mix is a good base to start growing your fruit tree.
Slow release fertiliser with trace elements or organic matter
A pea straw mulch is a good choice as it breaks down adding nitrogen to your soil, avoid wooden mulches as they absorb moisture.
Hardy gloves will protect your skin from any nasties in the soil.
These are good for conditioning soil when plants are stressed and stimulating new growth.
A good liquid fertiliser for a quick feed for your multi-grafted fruit tree.
If you're in a cold area then a frost cloth (an old sheet will do) while the trees are young will help prevent frost damage to the blossoms in late spring.
Before you fertilise it is always best to check your soil first and see what it really needs. If your soil is to alkaline (above 7.5) then your soil will be low on nutrients like phosphorous and manganese - try adding cow manure or powdered sulphur to adjust your soil. If it is too acidic (below 5.5) your soil may be lacking trace elements like potassium and calcium, some garden lime and dolomite added to your soil will have your fruit trees smiling :)
On a side note; always follow the instructions on any product you use - ask your local nursery for hints and suggestions as they will be able to provide you with lots of local knowledge pertaining to your area.
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Remove the rootstock (anything that’s not a fruit graft), balance your tree and remember to thin the first fruit.
Here at Fruit Salad Trees, we stock a wide range of fruit trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stonefruit and multi-apple trees.
Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.
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Insects that help with pollination and pest control are referred to as beneficial insects. Pollinators are essential for your Fruit Salad Tree to produce fruit. Other common insect pollinators that are found in your garden are butterflies, wasps, moths, beetles and hoverflies.
Growing your own fruit is such a rewarding hobby. Understanding weather patterns and how they can affect your fruit is all part of the edible gardening experience. We've compiled a guide full of things you can do to prevent frost from damaging your fruit trees in the colder Australian climates, like Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and some areas of New South Wales.