Olive trees, with their attractive greyish foliage, can be successfully grown in backyards as well as in a large pot in a sunny courtyard. They’re hardy, dry tolerant plants that grow well in cool to temperate climates.
Salads, pizza, tapenade, pasta and breads are just a few delicious ways to enjoy olives, which are usually harvested in autumn. Different varieties are suited to different uses, such as ‘Manzanillo’ for pickling, ‘Kalamata’ for eating fresh and cooking and ‘Frantolo’ for oil, and also for different climates, so pick a variety suitable for your area (and your favourite recipe).
Also check your chosen olive to see if it will produce a better crop if cross pollinated with another olive, with trees taking around 4 – 5 years to bear fruit.
When planting a new olive tree, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the planting hole and keep the soil moist while the olive establishes.
Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter every spring and autumn to encourage healthy growth and lots of olives.
Soil tip: olives prefer a slightly alkaline soil (pH 7 – 8). In areas with acidic soil, apply some Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite around the root zone to increase the pH.
Crisp slices of pear on a cheese platter, delicious pear tarts and cakes and refreshing savoury salads are just some of the ways pears can be enjoyed. Pears are high in dietary fibre and a good source of potassium and the peak pear harvest season runs from late summer into autumn.
You don’t need to have a large garden to be able to grow a pear tree. Super dwarf varieties such as Fleming’s® Nurseries Trixzie® ‘Pyvert’ only grow to around 1.5m tall so are perfect for both small gardens and growing in pots.
Pears are also great for espaliering, where the trees are trained to grow flat against a wall or trellis, so take up very little room.
Pears do best in cool to temperate zones, with different varieties requiring different levels of ‘chilling hours’ to maximise the fruit yield.
For warmer areas look out for special ‘low chill’ varieties like ‘Flordahome’ and ‘Hood’. Check the pollinator requirements for your chosen variety, as some need to be planted near a suitable mate to be able to set fruit.
Pears are most commonly planted during winter as bare rooted trees however can also be available as potted trees which are great for planting during autumn. When planting a new pear tree, either potted or bare rooted, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the planting hole and keep the soil moist while the tree establishes.