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Haere mai!  Over the coming weeks I will be grafting a selection of NZ heritage fruit trees.  The plant material that I will be using comes from varieties brought here by our ancestors, the NZ pioneers,  and selected by home gardeners for their taste, adaptation to the Northern bioregion, particular uses in the kitchen, pest/disease resistance, nutritional density and suitability to home production.  Other varieties available in nurseries all originate from the mainstream orchard industry, commercial lines that are bred for size, shape, colour and production, only suited to their commercial growing region, that have becoming weak over years of dependence on chemical fertilisers and sprays.

 

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