As the weather warms up, new fruit will be starting to form and develop on summer stone and pip fruit.
Fruit Gardener's Diary
It is all about berries in November, the first crops are being harvested and in full swing in the warmest parts of the country.
It seems only fitting that plenty of red coloured fruits ripen this month - just in time for the festive season!
January is one of the main fruit harvesting times. Be patient before you pick fruit - it always tastes best when allowed to fully ripen on the tree or plant. Pick Nectarines, passionfruit, cherries, blueberry, strawberries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, plums.
Plenty of fruit crops are ripening this month. Plan ahead and preserve some of summer’s bounty to enjoy in the cooler months. Pick Passionfruit, strawberries, loganberries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples.
Autumn has arrived along with the main harvest time for apples and pears. Foraging for-self sown fruits and berries is a great way to enjoy fruit growing in the wild. Google local foraging or community websites to find fruit locations, and head off on an adventure!
Once the autumn rains arrive, while the soil is still warm, it’s another good time to plant fruit trees and plants. Planting in the autumn allows the fruits to establish their root systems over the winter in preparation for the following fruiting season.
This month in the fruit garden, the harvest period is coming to a close for pip and stone fruit and is just beginning for feijoas. Pick Feijoa, quince, apples, pears, rhubarb, passionfruit. Harvest nuts: almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
Winter has arrived, most pip and stone fruit will now be losing their leaves and going into a dormant state for the next few months. It is time to tuck into the preserves from the summer and autumn harvests!
In the middle of winter it’s all about planting new season fruit trees, planting strawberries, harvesting citrus and pruning.
Buds on fruit trees may be starting to plump or fatten up getting ready to burst into blossom as the days get longer and the temperatures warmer.