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
- 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