So many ways to love oranges Oranges come into harvest in winter, just in time to help us ward off nasty colds and flu with their hefty dose of vitamin C. The first to bear fruit are the ‘Navel’ varieties, between May and July, followed by ‘Valencia’ from June to September. Oranges stop ripening after […]
Robust Rhubarb Rhubarb is a strange plant; it’s grown in the vegetable garden, eaten as a fruit, and possesses medicinal properties, which entitles it to be a herb. It is also fairly easy to grow, which makes it a good plant for gardeners who want to try something different. The best way to start growing […]
Sweet Pineapples Common name: Pineapple Botanical name: Ananas comosus Origin: Tropical Mesoamerica Suitable climates Pineapples are one of the most important subtropical crops cultivated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and parts of the Limpopo Province. They require warm, humid weather without extreme temperature variations, 25°C being optimal. If planted in areas that don’t meet […]
Rough Lemon is one of the hardiest types. It can grow into quite a large tree. The lemons, which ripen in June, are medium-sized, with a thick rough peel.
Pomegranate tree There was a time when pomegranate trees or shrubs were quite common in gardens. Then they became old fashioned and disappeared almost completely. Here and there an old tree still lingered in a garden and if its branches held fruit, it always lured passers-by. Perhaps it’s nostalgia or perhaps it’s the unique taste […]
Lemon Meyer Lemon Meyer bears round, smooth lemons with a thin peel throughout the year. This is the best choice for pots The lemon tree has a number of attributes that qualify it for inclusion in the modern garden’s list of core plants. When it is laden with fruit it makes an eye-catching tree, especially […]
Lemon Eureka Lemon Eureka produces medium-sized lemons with a smooth, yellow peel throughout the year. The lemon tree has a number of attributes that qualify it for inclusion in the modern garden’s list of core plants. When it is laden with fruit it makes an eye-catching tree, especially in a smaller garden, and as it […]
Lovers of avocado will find an investment in a tree or two well worth their while. Common name: Avocado Botanical name: Persia Americana Origin: Tropical America Propagation Growing an avocado tree from a pip suspended over a container of water is fun, but trees grown this way can take from seven to 15 years to […]