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  • The Couch's urban fruit forest

    Dan’s vision was to transform the established and overgrown backyard into a more personal, social and liveable space for the family. There were some established citrus and fruit trees but the family struggled with green fruit not ripening. There was also a beautiful view of the water and yachts in Panmure Basin but overgrown lavender bushes and shrubs partially obscured it.

    Dan and Goran spent a non-stop two-days transforming this back yard. They built a fertile garden bed in front of the fence line, using Tui Garden Mix, Tui Sheep Pellets and Tui Mulch & Feed, and planted a variety of fruit plants: Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Black Current, Grape, Passionfruit, so in the future the family would be able to enjoy delicious berries, citrus and fruits straight from the garden.

    They cut back a huge amount of overgrown plants and shrubs to allow the existing citrus trees to see the light again. Giving these some space to breath and a good dose of fertiliser should see the fruit ripen again. 

    And lastly they creating an outdoor entertainment space with a feature fire bowl for family and friends to enjoy whilst looking back at the Panmure Basin (which they can now see a lot more of!)

    Plants we used

    A citrus tree. Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Hot & Spicy, Maiden Hair Fern, Boston Fern. Tecomanthe Speciosa, Ugni Molinae. Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Black Current, Grape, Passionfruit, Malus Ballerina.

    Tui products we used

    • Tui Garden Mix
    • Tui Sheep Pellets
    • Tui Citrus Food
    • Black Tui Mulch
    • Seasol
    • Tui Herb Mix
    • Tui Novatec  Premium

    How to plant a citrus tree for optimal fruiting

    • Dig a hole double the size of the rootbase
    • Get some garden mix in the base then stir in some sheep pellets
    • Soaking the rootball in Seasol solution before planting
    • Place the tree in the hole and backfilling with a mixture of garden mix and sheep pellets
    • Sprinkle the citrus food on the surface of the soil, under the tree’s dripline
    • Add a top layer of mulch, mixing it in with the citrus food
    • Water the plants

    Visit the Tui website for all you need to know about growing your own urban fruit forest and WIN everything you need to get started.