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What to do in the Garden: time to plant avocado

Plant an avocado; better still plant two for better pollination rates and more fruit. Given the correct growing conditions these trees will bear heavy crops in three years.

Mature trees can be affected by excessive rain and by hot and dry wind, especially at flowering and fruit set.


Our friend Sid grows Wertz with Pinkerton (in Sydney). Wertz grows to about 4m, a moderate cropper of medium sized rich, high quality fruit; pear-shaped with dark green skin. It does best if grown with a B type pollinator (Sid grows it with Pinkerton and gets good fruit on both varieties).

Plant your trees in full sun with protection from strong wind (which can blow the flowers off). Prevent sunburn of the bark by painting the trunk with dilute whitewash

Plant ‘A’ type: Wertz, Hass, Sheppard, Reed, Pinkerton

Plant ‘B’ type:‘Bacon’ to improve pollination


Where to Buy.

Daleys specialist fruit tree nursery


Garden jobs this week :

  • We are planting lilies; tucking them in any spare space

  • Water your flowering bulbs with a high potash supplement (Thrive for Flowering Plants) to prolong the display.

  • Plant bee-attracting plants in your vegetable garden to help with pollination: nasturtium, marigold, lavender, borage, alyssum.

  • Feed lawns with an organic-based lawn food. We love Sudden Impact for Lawns (Neutrog).

Weeds are thriving at this time. Consider an organic weed control such as Beat-A-Weed Natural Weedkiller (Richgro) or Slasher Weedkiller (OCP) is a registered organic herbicide that is glyphosate-free and rapidly kills weeds, moss, algae and lichen. Use in gardens, paths, drive-ways, around buildings and as a spot spray in lawns. It works quickly to easily control weeds the organic way!