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Whether you love purple, brown or green skinned figs, they’re a delicious sweet fruit to grow at home, with fruit maturing during late summer and autumn.
Figs are hardy, deciduous trees that can grow up to 5 m tall or there are dwarf varieties that are much smaller, around 1.5 m tall, that are perfect for smaller gardens and pots. You can also espalier figs across a wall, so they take up very little space.
They like a warm sunny spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. Most figs are self-fertile so don’t need another fig to produce fruit.
Although harder to find than Meyer lemons, Eureka lemons (Citrus limon ‘Eureka’) are well worth growing as they are thin skinned, have minimal seeds and the fruit is large, juicy and acidic.
One of the advantages of Eureka lemons is that although winter is their peak fruiting season, in warm areas they can produce fruit almost year-round, so you’ll always have tasty lemons on hand.
Eureka lemon trees can grow up to 5 m tall, however can be trimmed during winter to a more manageable size. Lemon trees can also be grown in pots, which helps to limit their size.
What do you get when you cross a raspberry and a blackberry? A loganberry! They’re named after the horticulturist James Logan, who accidentally created this new hybrid. The fruit have a slightly elongated shape like a blackberry but are a dark purplish red colour, similar to raspberries.
Loganberries are soft, tangy and juicy and can be used in desserts, crumbles, cakes and drinks as well as turned into richly coloured jams and jellies. Or perhaps loganberry glazed pork chops? And of course, loganberries can be enjoyed fresh with lashings of cream!
Loganberries are an ideal berry for growing at home, as they’re hard to find in supermarkets and green grocers as they don’t transport or store well. No transport issues when they’re growing in your backyard! The berries might not even make it back into the house.
Loganberries grow best in cool to warm temperate zones. They are a ‘brambleberry’ which grow on canes up to 1.5 m tall. To make maintenance easier (and promote a better harvest), loganberries can be grown up between 2 wires on a T-shaped trellis. Look out for thornless varieties of loganberry, which will create a much less painful berry growing experience! During autumn, cut back to ground level the canes that have borne fruit, leaving fresh, newer canes to grow and provide fruit next summer. Do this each year to avoid the canes getting messy and out of control.
Loganberries prefer a slightly acidic, moist rich soil. Before planting, improve the soil with a concentrated source of rich organic matter like Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed and then reapply around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring to autumn to promote lots of healthy cane growth, a strong root system and lots of plump, juicy berries. Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed is also boosted with New Zealand seaweed, which encourages strong root development and improved plant health.
Fruit protection tip: birds will enjoy loganberries as much as you, so some bird netting may be required to protect your developing crop.