09 May Sustainable living
Wether you live in an apartment or a home with vast outdoor space, we can confortably say that sustainable living in Australia is on the rise. With nearly every third Australian growing some sort of edible garden produce in their home. From something as small a fresh herbs grown in the kitchen to fully functional outside veggie gardens. We Australians have jumped on the sustainable living train and we ain’t look back!
But what about the fruit?
With the uprise of our clients requesting that we factor in an edible garden aspect into their landscape, it excites us that we have been able to suggest something a little different then your standard herb and veggie patches by introducing clients to Dwarf Fruit Trees
Our latest project involved constructing a good sized orchard of a approx 20 different varieties of Dwarf Fruit Trees The orchard consisted of the standard variety of fruits such Avocado’s, Lemons, Limes, apple and orange trees to more of an exotic range of Brazilian Guava as well as a Peanut Butter Tree.
What is a Peanut Butter Tree? well i’ll get to that a little bit later.
Firstly i’d like to give you a little insight into these magnificent trees that are small in size back pack a punch on the palate.
DWARF FRUIT TREES
Dwarf trees are the direct result of grafting – a horticultural technique where the roots of two or more plants are grafted onto the trunk of a dwarf plant.
Dwarf trees will grow up to and as wide as 2.5 to 3 meters, therefore making them ideal if space is limited.
Dwarf trees are generous producers, and although these trees are small, their fruit is full in size and flavour and may even start bearing fruit sooner than their larger counterparts.
WHY CHOOSE DWARF FRUIT TREES FOR YOUR GARDEN/SPACE.
Introducing a fruit tree into your space or garden will not only provide you with fresh produce, they are also very attractive plants adding colour to any space, most trees when in fruit produce an outstanding flowering display.
IS THERE A LOT OF WORK INVOLVED IN LOOK AFTER DFT”S?
Like any living organism to gain it’s maximum potential it will need some good old TLC.
That being said you will not be expected to jump through hoops to keep these trees alive. Sub tropical varieties will thrive in our climate having good quality soil, fertilization and mulch for insulation.
A general rule of thumb, when watering is a good deep soak once a week if the trees are planted in the ground, the installation of a irrigation system is well worth considering.
Potted trees, however will require more frequent watering, depending of the time of year E.g. a quick soak everyday in the summer months.
For more information on ongoing maintenance and advice visit: http://www.tallegallafruittrees.com.au/ongoing_maintenance.html
Oh and before we finish we mustn’t forget to shed some light on the Peanut Butter Tree.
Is it a fruit or a nut tree you may ask? well it is in fact a fruit tree it’s botanical name being Bunchosia glandulifera
The species is attractive in appearance with its cluster of yellow flowers and rich dark red fruit, it has a texture similar to peanut butter.
So, if you are looking for something a little more exotic, that has a great point of topic the Peanut butter tree may just be what you are looking for to enhance your outdoor space.
Either way these tiny trees are making their way up on our radar.