Fresh Summer Fruit

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Sweet and juicy bright red strawberries look so Christmassy and festive and chilled are a perfect healthy summer holiday snack, not to mention all the delicious recipes you can include them in.

It’s easy to grow your own strawberries at home, in a sunny garden bed, pot or hanging basket. Before planting strawberry plants into the garden enrich the soil first with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. For potted strawberries use a quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

Keep the soil or potting mix moist and pick strawberries regularly to help promote an extended harvest and feed each week with Yates Thrive® Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that’s boosted with additional potassium, the nutrient that encourages flowering and fruiting.

Applying mulch, such as lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw, around strawberry plants will help to conserve soil moisture and also keep the fruit clean and off the ground.

Snails and slugs like chewing into and ruining berries but they’re easy to control with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem Snail & Slug Pellets around the strawberry plants.

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Christmas Cherries
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Cherries are the quintessential Christmas treat, with delicious shiny red fruit becoming available in summer. A big bowl of chilled cherries is hard to resist, as are fruit and savoury salads with cherries, cherry glaze for ham, cherry puddings, cakes, tarts and cheesecake. We’re going to need a lot of cherries!

You can grow cherries at home if you live in a climate where you receive enough ‘chilling hours’. So cherries are best suited to areas with cool or cold winters, however there are some varieties that will bear fruit in warmer areas.

Cherry trees vary in size from medium height trees down to dwarf varieties in the Fleming’s® nurseries ‘Trixzie®’ range that grow to around 2.5 m tall, which are perfect for smaller gardens. In addition to delicious fruit, cherry trees also have pretty blossoms in spring and lovely autumn foliage.

Cherry trees are most commonly available in winter as bare rooted plants but potted trees can be available at other times of the year. Choose a variety that’s suited to your climate and also check to see whether that variety is self fertile or needs pollination from another cherry. They need a spot with at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and well drained soil.

Cherry pest tip: pear & cherry slugs can attack and skeletonise cherry tree foliage. They can be controlled by spraying trees thoroughly every 7 – 14 days with Yates® Success® Ultra Insect Control.

And for other stone fruit like apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines, continue to reapply Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control each week to the trunk, lower foliage or a piece of plywood hung in the orchard to help prevent fruit from being infested with fruit fly maggots. Weekly reapplication is vital to protect the fruit until it’s ready to harvest.

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