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AppliePie

Apple pie time!

If you love making scrumptious apple pies, crumble and strudel (of course served with a large dollop of cream or custard – yum!) then tart green ‘Granny Smith’ is the best variety of apple to use. They’re still tasty after being cooked and when eaten fresh they’re crisp and full of flavour.

Granny Smith apples are late maturing, which means they are fresh and in season in mid to late autumn and also store well.

Granny Smith apple trees do best in areas with cool winters and grow to around 4 m tall. Dwarf varieties, reaching around 2 m tall, can be grown very successfully in large pots, making them ideal for a sunny courtyard. A Yates® Tuscan 400 mm pot is a sturdy, attractive and lightweight pot choice. For best results, fill pots with a good quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.

Granny Smith will need to be grown near a suitable pollinator, like Gala or Fuji, to help achieve the best possible harvest. There are dwarf varieties available of these pollinators as well, so you can have your very own mini apple orchard.

Apples are often planted during winter as bare rooted trees however can also be available as potted trees at other times of the year and so are great for planting during autumn.

Feed apple trees from spring to autumn with Yates® Thrive® Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food, which promotes healthy leaf growth and lots of delicious apples. Yates® Thrive® Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food also contains more than 50% natural ingredients, including Yates Dynamic Lifter®, which helps improve soil quality and encourage hardworking earthworms and beneficial soil microorganisms.

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Alpine strawberries
Fruit

It’s rare to find Alpine strawberries in the shops as they are very soft and have a short shelf life, so it’s only home growers that get to enjoy this delicious berry. Alpine strawberries are sweet, have a wonderful rich strawberry aroma and the plants can fruit for many months. Yates® Alpine Strawberry, also known as European, wild or woodland strawberry, is a low growing, compact, runnerless variety that produces tasty and fragrant small strawberries.

Growing alpine strawberries from seed is an easy and economical way to grow lots of plants. Sow seed 3 mm deep into trays of Yates® Seed Raising Mix. Seedlings will take around 2 weeks to emerge and they can be planted out into sunny or partly shaded garden or into pots when they’re large enough to handle. To encourage healthy green plants and lots of flowers and tasty strawberries, feed plants each week with Yates Thrive® Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete fertiliser that’s boosted with extra fruit-encouraging potassium to help promote a great harvest.


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