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Trees, trees, trees...

It's getting late in the planting season but we have finally taken delivery of more trees and after several days of planting have them all safely in the ground. Let the growing begin.
August 08, 2012
  trees 
Pruning fruit and nut trees

Pruning fruit and nut trees

Time of year for pruning, and an attempt to improve the shape of the trees for easier picking.

Our orchard has a number of large trees as well as a collection of younger ones, all require attention.
June 16, 2010
  Fruit  Trees  Pruning  Almond 
More Trees

More Trees

This weekend I planted a number of crop trees. For the most part it was seedling walnuts collected from under my grandmothers tree but also included 5 grafted fruit trees I purchased.

2 x apricot
2 x nectarine
1 x almond
July 25, 2010
The myth about tree & pasture incompatibility - photographic evidence

The myth about tree & pasture incompatibility - photographic evidence

I am passionate about trees and their numerous benefits so I frequently encounter this commonly held misconception when I try and encourage grass growers to consider incorporating trees on their farms. The argument goes something like this: "I can't plant trees in or around my pasture because they compete with grass for light, water and minerals, grass production would suffer".

This photo, taken a few hundred meters from my home on a conventional sheep and beef farm during the worst drought in decades is evidence that certain tree species can actually improve the performance of grass. If only people were as observant as they are quick to dismiss the value of trees in the landscape.
May 06, 2015
  trees  grass  drought 
Service berry seeds

Service berry seeds

Common name  June berry, Saskatoon
Botanical name  Amelanchier alnifolia
Details  Produces flowers and fruit after 5 - 6 years
Seed sourced from plants growing in North America
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Propagate    February   March   April   May  
Tags    perennial  shrub  tree  berries 
Price  $4.9030 seeds
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Visit from Tree Crops North Canterbury

Visit from Tree Crops North Canterbury

Details  We enjoyed a hot and sunny afternoon touring 11 people from the North Canterbury Tree Crops group. I think our alternative and rather unorthodox approach and philosophies were quite an eye opener for most of them...
Date  November 04, 2017
Tags    education  trees 
Long lasting tree identification labels

Long lasting tree identification labels

While I have a detailed planting map in the computer, it is useful to be able to identify trees out in the real world so I made these metal name tags using sheet aluminium. The names are stamped out using individual letter stamp / punches.
September 09, 2013
  tree  technology 
Laburnum

Laburnum

Common name  Golden chain or golden rain tree
Details  Yellow pea-flowers in pendulous leafless racemes 10–40 cm (4–15.5 in) long in spring, which makes them very popular garden trees.

All parts of the plant are poisonous, although mortality is very rare. Symptoms of laburnum poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight frothing at the mouth and unequally dilated pupils.
Family  Fabaceae
Flowers  Yellow
Diameter  6.00
Height (m)  6
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun / part shade
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Good
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  hardy 
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Laburnum

Laburnum

Common name  Golden chain or golden rain tree
Details  Yellow pea-flowers in pendulous leafless racemes 10–40 cm (4–15.5 in) long in spring, which makes them very popular garden trees.

All parts of the plant are poisonous, although mortality is very rare. Symptoms of laburnum poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight frothing at the mouth and unequally dilated pupils.
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  hardy 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Thornless Honey Locust Seed

Thornless Honey Locust Seed

Botanical name  Gleditsia triacanthos f.inermis
Details  Excellent shade and autumn colour tree.
Produces very large pods with sticky sweet pulp, valued for stock fodder.
Thrives in the heat and dry.
Drought tolerance  
Jugulone tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume 
Price  $4.9030 seeds
Planting shelves

Planting shelves

I grow a lot of plants and trees from seeds. One space saving way that I have come up with is to use the vertical wall space at the back of the house where my nursery is located. Adding these metal 'gutters' as plant growing shelves has given plenty more growing area situated at perfect working height.
March 23, 2019
Trees for animal fodder

Trees for animal fodder

By now it should be obvious that we need more trees in our landscapes, however inconvenient that may seem. The benefits are numerous. Using trees for supplementary animal feed is a smart strategy in drought prone areas. This includes:
  • Fresh leaves / foliage
  • Fruits and berries
  • Nuts and seeds
Once established, trees are long lived with a deep root system capable of funding moisture in dry times. Large volumes of edible material can be produced, along with all the other benefits provided by appropriate species of trees.
September 04, 2018
  trees  animals 
Osage Orange seeds

Osage Orange seeds

Botanical name  Maclura pomifera
Details  Thorny tree with very hot burning wood, also used for making excellent bows and natural livestock fencing.
Tags    perennial  tree 
Price  $4.9030 seeds
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Learn to graft fruit trees (seasonal)

Learn to graft fruit trees (seasonal)

Grow your knowledge of fruit tree cloning through the ancient art of grafting. Learn by seeing and doing with hands on examples and one on one tuition and explanation. We will cover:
  • Collecting and storing grafting (scion) wood from desired trees
  • Understanding and propagating rootstocks
  • Grafting tools and techniques
  • View many examples of grafted trees of various types, complexity and age
2 hours
  July   August   September  
$80.00
Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Botanical name  Chamaecytisus palmensis
Details  Fast growing, drought resistant nitrogen fixer (legume). This small tree has white flowers which are loved by bees, bumblebees and native pigeon.
Grown as a nurse or support tree during the establishment of more long term tree plantings. Useful as a quick canopy / umbrella over citrus, avocados etc. or used as physical scaffold for climbers such as grape, kiwifruit etc.
Good firewood from mature trees.

Pour hot water over the seeds and soak for 24 hours before planting into course sand.
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  birds  bees 
Price  $3.9050 seeds
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Tree growth on terraces

Tree growth on terraces

Details  6 years of growth from 2014 - 2020
As part of our water wise landshaping, we spent considerable effort creating a number of hand dug terraces as well as having a mini digger create an access track on a sloping amphitheater.
Terraces allow for improved rainwater infiltration, reducing runoff and erosion while also making it easier to work and harvest from the trees.
This particular area is a nice sun trap and has excellent cold air drainage. The biggest challenge is the dry and, in some places, the blackberry. Here we grow a number of fruit tree types with a focus on apricot.
Date  April 28, 2020
Tags    terrace  trees  progress 
Japanese Raisin Tree seeds

Japanese Raisin Tree seeds

Botanical name  Hovenia dulcis
Edible  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree 
Price  $4.9030 seeds
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Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry seeds

Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry seeds

Botanical name  Hippophae rhamnoides
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  berry  health 
Price  $4.9030 seeds
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Large fruited thornless hawthorn seeds

Large fruited thornless hawthorn seeds

Common name  Chinese Hawthorn
Botanical name  Crataegus pinnatifida
Details  Seed collected from largest fruit that have been under the tree over winter. This is the only type of hawthorn we grow and there are no wild ones in close proximity (that I am aware of) so seed should be pure.
Tags    perennial  tree  fruit  health 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
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Senna Seeds

Senna Seeds

Common name  glandular senna, downy senna, buttercup bush
Botanical name  Senna multiglandulosa
Details  A fast growing evergreen shrub which become treelike. The leaves are each made up of several pairs of thick, hairy, oval-shaped leaflets each measuring up to about 4 centimeters long. The leaves are studded with visible resin glands between the leaflets.
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  flowers 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
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