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1409, 2022

TreeCropper 111

September 14th, 2022|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 6 NZTCA Conference 2020 8 Celebrating Gorse 13 Luther Burbank 15 Honeyberry Research update 19 Kaputahi Community Orchard 25 Edible hops 28 Rainy day reading 30 Foraging in a forest 34 Chestnuts: pests and disease 39  Pips & Pieces 40  Subscriptions

1306, 2022

TreeCropper 110

June 13th, 2022|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 4  South Island VP 5  Emails 7 Lucuma & green sapote grafting 10 Fig pruning 12 Dick Roberts Photography Competition 15  Soil Moisture Update 16  Black garlic 20 Citrus selection 23 Codling moth 31 NZTCA history 33 Barberries in the kitchen 36  Pomegranates and pineapples 37  Pistachio trials 39  Pest: flowering currant 40  Chestnut Q&A 47  Pips & Pieces 48  Subscriptions

2803, 2022

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Tamarillos

March 28th, 2022|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block New Zealand horticulture has a reputation for turning obscure fruits into success stories. From Chinese gooseberries (now recognised far and wide as kiwifruit) to feijoas, it seems we can take a species little-known outside of its native range, cultivate it successfully in our amenable climate, make it a domestic favourite, and then more often than not, turn it into [...]

2103, 2022

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Loquats

March 21st, 2022|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block You’ve probably heard gardeners and self-sufficiency enthusiasts talk wistfully about the ‘hungry gap’ as winter turns to spring. In terms of fruit and vegetable production, the late winter and early spring months can be deceptively sparse, as the cold-weather crops finish or bolt to seed and the new-season crops are in their infancy. This is particularly applicable to the [...]

2103, 2022

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Rhubarb

March 21st, 2022|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block Rhubarb and patience can work wonders – German proverb When is a fruit not a fruit? When it’s a vegetable, of course! A vegetable, you say? In botanical terms, rhubarb is indeed a vegetable, as it is the herbaceous stem portion that we cook and eat, as opposed to its actual fruit, which by strict definition is the ‘mature, [...]

1403, 2022

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Almonds

March 14th, 2022|Categories: Almond, Crops, News, Nut|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block This month, we’re going nuts for almonds. Although this versatile member of the Rosaceae family does not provide a crop to harvest in September, it is a cheerful harbinger of spring, among the first of the fruiting trees to flower (somewhat profusely) in late winter and early spring. As such, I think it deserves an early spot in the [...]

1403, 2022

TreeCropper 109

March 14th, 2022|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2  From the editor 3  President's report 5 Field trip - oaks & natives at Woodend 9 Wineberries 12 Rowan 15 Caigua or Slipper Gourd 20 Kiwifruit for home gardens 22 Fireside secrets: drying wood 27 Field trip - capers & quandongs 31 Growing flowers commercially 36 Index issues 101 -108 38  Chestnut cheese research 39  Pips & Pieces 40  Subscriptions

1712, 2021

TreeCropper 108

December 17th, 2021|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 6 From the editor 4 President’s report 6  Correspondence 7  Turning vodka into gin 8  Wildwood mushrooms 12 Chinese toon 14 Early exotic fruit recipes 19 Re: Attack on fig tree 24 Tips for grafting avocados 28  DIY grafting guard 29  Field trip to Hautere Plain 32 Conference 2022 36  Photo competition deadline 37  Johnson Grass 40 Guaviyu 43  Honeyberry harvest 44  Crown shyness 46  Membership changes 47 [...]

811, 2021

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Beyond the Meyer lemon

November 8th, 2021|Categories: Citrus, Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block I’d like to survey every backyard in New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff, and count up all the lemon trees. I reckon you’ll find one more often than not, and chances are those trees will usually be the ubiquitous stalwart of the hardy citrus tribe, the Meyer lemon, and not without good reason. The section I grew up [...]

811, 2021

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – The Humble Choko

November 8th, 2021|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block This month, it’s time for something completely different as we step away from the ordinary and take a look at the much-maligned but eager-to-please choko. You may or may not have heard of this strange pear-shaped “is it a fruit, is it a vegetable?” Those in New Zealand’s northern climes are perhaps more likely to be familiar with this [...]

710, 2021

TreeCropper 107

October 7th, 2021|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6  New committee members 7  Hedge of thorns 10  Canterbury tales 11  Carpophilus beetle 13 Nitrogen fixing in willows and poplars 17 Chokos 20 Growing jackfruit in Auckland 22 Waikato annual tree sale 24 NZTCA Conference 2022 26 Early orchard families in New Zealand 31  Fancy a cuppa in the Wairarapa? 32  Stocking the Nelson pantry 33  Feijoas and biochar 34 [...]

1409, 2021

Persimmons

September 14th, 2021|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block 10 year old espaliered Fuyu persimmon at harvest, Nelson region. Photo: A & B Phillips.                     Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Persimmons May is the peak season for fresh persimmons in New Zealand, with supermarket shelves and market stalls now laden with this increasingly-popular fruit, which looks somewhat [...]

2007, 2021

Table Grapes

July 20th, 2021|Categories: Crops, Fruit, News, Pipfruit|

Written by Anna-Marie Barnes This article was first published in Lifestyle Block Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Table Grapes In a land where wine grape-producing vineyards are a dime a dozen, if you mention table grapes to the average New Zealander, their thoughts will likely settle on the large bunches of majestic-looking but rather tasteless imported fruit to be found in supermarket chillers year-round. But if we cast our memories [...]

106, 2021

Waikato Branch Annual Tree and Plant Sale 2021

June 1st, 2021|Categories: News|

Saturday 3 July 2021 – 8 am to 12 pm Venue: Hamilton Gardens, Governor’s Green To get there; Enter Gate 2 from Cobham Drive, Governor’s Green is the grass area opposite the carpark.   Everyone welcome to sell and buy   Buyers – There will also be a good range of public stalls selling tree crops and plants, ornamentals, farm trees and natives, perennials, cuttings and produce.     The Waikato Branch of [...]

2303, 2021

TreeCropper 105

March 23rd, 2021|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 4  Correspondence 5  Yerba Mate 7  Growing commercial peanuts in NZ 8  New Year's honour for member 9  High Health Orchard 12 Linden trees 16 Nitrogen fixing in sugarcane 18 Sugarcane in Waikato 21 Conference 2021 23 Wish Trees 31 Farmable Orchard app 33 Apple acidity 35  Hot climate apples 36  Index 38 Kombucha 38  Tip to reduce myrtle rust 39 [...]

312, 2020

TreeCropper 104

December 3rd, 2020|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 4  Correspondence 6 Birds in the orchard 9 Honeyberry research update 11 Okinawa spinach 13 Ecosourcing plants 16 Ecosourcing nursery Q&A 19 Using glyphosphate 23 Measuring your carbon footprint 26  Auckland Conference 2021 27  Conference field trips 29  Growing jackfruit 30  Conference speakers 31  Making gorse rum & ice cream 33 Multi-grafted apple tree 35 The papaya project 39 Knowledge in a [...]

109, 2020

TreeCropper 103

September 1st, 2020|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6  Correspondence 7  Highly recommended plum varieties 10 Harlequin ladybird 14 Eating acorns 18  Acorn recipes 19  Cider 21  Hops 22  Saffron milk caps 26 Growing truffles 29 Creating an orchard using permaculture principles 33 Otto Muller, inventor 37 Japanese raisin tree 39  Pips & Pieces 40  Subscriptions

906, 2020

TreeCropper 102

June 9th, 2020|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  Best branch newsletter 4  President’s report 5  Check your envelopes 5 Correspondence 7  Auckland conference 8  Platycodon grandiflorus (doraji root) 10 Honeybees and salt 14 Lingonberry 21  How to be a successful plant hunter 22  Four thieves vinegar 24 Meadowsweet 26 Macadamias & bananas 30 Comfrey as a mineral accumulator 33 Edible roses 35 The story of Granny Smith 37  New Zealand's oldest/most popular [...]

906, 2020

Hop plants – ready to hit the ground running…

June 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

Heather Spence Nelson Branch, June 2020 Brent McGlashen amid his ripening hops, late January 2020 The 2019 TCA conference field trip to MacHops prompted a request for further information on hop plants for sale. A conversation with Brent McGlashen, as affable and helpful as ever, elicited the following. Varieties available from MacHops are Sticklebract, Green Bullet, Pacific Gem and Chinook. The NZ Hops website lists the following qualities [...]

2603, 2020

Dick Roberts Photo Competition Winners 2020

March 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

There are two categories for the photo competition:  Category 1: A photograph featuring “tree crops”. That is, the trees, shrubs and other plants, produce and products of interest to tree croppers. Category 2: A photo that features “tree croppers”. That is, the people involved in the NZTCA, or members and the public attending tree crop events. Winners Overall national winner: Peter Syms, Nelson Winner category 1 Tree Crops: Peter Syms, Nelson Overall [...]

1003, 2020

TreeCropper 101

March 10th, 2020|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2 From the editor 4  President’s report 5  Correspondence 6  Conference 2020 8  Drought tolerant tree crops 9  Tree crops all year round 11  Red kiwifruit 12  Viburnums 14 Plant varietal rights 17  Chinese nutmeg yew 18  Reading faded plant labels 19  Fragrant olive 21 Nitrogen fixing in pines 26  Missing December issue 27  Pruning blueberries 28  Trees for bees 32  Gorse 33  Gorse petal ice cream 34 [...]

1712, 2019

TreeCropper 100

December 17th, 2019|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  Issue 100 4  President’s report 6 Correspondence 9 Macadamia nuts 12 Cranberries on the West Coast 16  Recipe: cranberry salsa 17  Shredders 19 Honeyberry update 22 Conference 2020 field trips 24 Conference registration form 26 Conference 2020 speakers 28 Counting birds for research 32 Walnut trials 36  Propagation from cuttings 37  Chinese tallow tree 39 Avocado mutants 42  New national secretary 43  Bladder nuts [...]

1609, 2019

TreeCropper 99

September 16th, 2019|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  Diary of a Christian 3  John Gare Butler 4  President’s report 5  Correspondence 8 Summer grafting 10 The search for juniper berries 12 NZTCA Conference 2020 15  Hazel grove in memoriam 16  Growing cinnamon 18 Chestnut beer 22 Flammable native plants 25 Purple tea 27  Sea buckthorn berry brandy 28  Growing sea buckthorn 30 First babacos in New Zealand 34 Knowledge in a nutshell: [...]

1609, 2019

TreeCropper 98

September 16th, 2019|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2  From the editor 3  President’s report 4  Correspondence 5  NZTCA photo competition winners 6  How to make cider 9  Peckhams field trip 10  Conference 2019 photos 11  Golden Hills Walnuts 14 Pollinating pecans 16  Grafting pears on hawthorn 17  Food act amendment 20 Trail tree markers 23  Blackberry jam tree update 24  An interview with a BioGro auditor 27 Honorary life members 27  Dr Don McKenzie Award recipients [...]

2608, 2019

NZ Tree Crops Association Dick Roberts Photo Competition 2020

August 26th, 2019|Categories: News|

In our first photo competition we discovered our members’ photography talents — now we want to see more of it! We invite all branches to our second annual NZTCA photo competition, in memory of professional photographer and dedicated tree cropper Dick Robert. Category 1: a photo featuring TREE CROPS - trees, shrubs and other plants, produce and products of interest to tree croppers. Category 2: a photo featuring TREE CROPPERS [...]

1906, 2019

Bay of Plenty Branch – 2019 Annual Tree Sale

June 19th, 2019|Categories: News|

2019 Annual Tree Sale Day Venue: A & P Showgrounds, Katikati On: Saturday July 20, 10am – 12.30pm Enquires: 07 549 2795 Good variety of fruit and nut trees at reasonable prices plus other plant stalls from Katikati and other areas. We aim to have early, mid season and late varieties of major fruit groups so gardeners have fruit all year round. Cash payment only

805, 2019

Inaugural Dick Roberts Photo Competition 2019

May 8th, 2019|Categories: News|

At the 2019 Nelson Conference we celebrated the life of Dick Roberts through the inaugural photo competition. Dick was a professional photographer, dedicated Tree Cropper, founder in 1973 of the Willing Workers On Organic Farms scheme (now known worldwide as WWOOFing) and in 1975 he helped establish the Nelson Tree Crops Association.  He travelled extensively taking photos for his collection. Dick’s 300 acre Todd’s Valley Farm was used as an educational [...]

705, 2019

Fruit and Nut Trees for Every Microclimate – A Guide to Planting in Nelson & Marlborough

May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|

This resource was funded by the Dick Roberts Community Trust. G. R. (Dick) Roberts moved to Nelson in 1968 to develop 300 acres of gorse covered hillside in Todds Valley, as he could see its potential for a variety of tree crops. Dick was a professional natural history photographer, teacher, founding member of the New Zealand Tree Crops Association and a keen advocate for “tree crops for every micro-climate”, based [...]

1604, 2019

Welcome to new Tree Crops Secretary Vera Burnside

April 16th, 2019|Categories: News|

NZ Tree Crops Association welcomes Vera Burnside from Waihi to the role of Secretary on the national Management Committee. Katrina Richards has stepped down to devote more of her time to roles in Search and Rescue and the Meteorological Society of New Zealand. Annie Barnes has stepped down as South Island Vice President. This role remains vacant. Expressions of interest can be sent to President David Whyte at president@treecrops.org.nz or [...]

1403, 2019

TreeCropper 97

March 14th, 2019|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6  Emails & letters 7  Air layering propagation 12 Beauty berry 14  Bay of Plenty Branch gifting 15  Neem oil 18  Seed banks 19  Palm sugar 21  Propagating tips from 1853 22  Chestnut recipe hunt 24  Recipe: chestnut frittelles 25  Don McKenzie Award past recipients 26  Honeyberry in review 28 Kai Rakau Project 34 Blackberry jam tree 36 Index 38 Pips & [...]

1812, 2018

NZTCA Dick Roberts Photo Competition

December 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

Branches are invited to take part in the first annual NZTCA Dick Roberts Photo Competition. This has been created to encourage members to take and share photos of tree crops, tree croppers and branch events. The competition also celebrates the life of the late Dick Roberts of Nelson Branch. Dick was a professional photographer and dedicated tree cropper. Funds from the Dick Robert Trust have been donated to facilitate this [...]

3011, 2018

TreeCropper 96

November 30th, 2018|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6 Letters 8 Pests: Lemon tree borer 10 Hemp and pumpkin seeds for profit 15  Tarocco orange 16  Blue sausage tree 18 Do rootstocks impact flavour? 22  Native birds as alternative to pesticides 23  Conference 2019 - speakers 24  Conference 2019 - registration form 26  Conference 2019 - field trips 27  Rootbound plants 30 Eating acorns 32  Acorn pikelet recipe 33 [...]

2011, 2018

John Richards Trophy

November 20th, 2018|Categories: News|

This new trophy has been donated by the Richards family to mark the contribution of the Late John Richards to Nelson Branch.  John was present at the second ever meeting when Tree Crops Nelson was formed in the 1970s. The trophy is a brass crocodile nutcracker recumbent on a nut wood plinth. It will be awarded to a member of the Nelson Branch of the NZTCA who is deemed to [...]

1209, 2018

TreeCropper 95

September 12th, 2018|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2 From the editor 4  President’s report 5  Letters 7  Pine, pasture & kauri dieback 8  Aquaponics 10  Macadamias 11  Prunus leaf curl 16 Growing wasabi 18 Goodnature traps 20 Soil biology 22 How to plant a tree 24 Solanums in the forest 27 Cicada damage 31  Propagation tips 32  Natural dye plants in Franklin 34 Nelson conference 2019 36  A day in the life of the Membership [...]

309, 2018

In The Media

September 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|

Four articles about the NZTCA Conference, Tauranga, 2018 from “The Orchardist” (Vol. 91(7), Aug. 2018). All material supplied courtesy of Denise Landow, the author and copyright holder of these articles. NZTCA Awards Alistair Mowat David Pattemore David Whyte

506, 2018

TreeCropper 94

June 5th, 2018|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6 Letters 8 Drought hardy ground covers for food forests 12 Honeyberry in the USA 14 Golden passionfruit 18 Avocado orchard field trip 20  Collecting scion wood 21  Tapping syrup from trees 25  Homemade bitters 26  Creating swales 27  Feijoas fight fungi 28  Potential crops in New Zealand 29  The HSNO Act 31  Untreated eucalyptus posts 32  Growing forestry trees 34 Pollination [...]

603, 2018

TreeCropper 93

March 6th, 2018|Categories: TreeCropper|

    Contents 2 From the editor 4  President’s report 5  Underplanting fruit trees 7 Haskap research update 10 American ginseng 15 Tree crop trial templates 17 DIY labels that last 19  Removing fruit from young trees 20  Conference 2018 - speakers 21  Conference 2018 - field trips 22  Knowledge in a nutshell - Rob Peden 24 Using plasterboard as mulch 26 What apple variety is that? 33 Pest - [...]

1812, 2017

TreeCropper 92

December 18th, 2017|Categories: TreeCropper|

  Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 5 Letters 7 Macadamia nuts - pollination 8 Fig cultivars: What's in a name? 11 Candy Cotton grapes 15 Summer tasks in the orchard 16 Nashi pears 20 New Zealand's oldest fruit trees 23 Conference 2018 - speakers 24 Conference 2018 - registration form 26 Conference 2018 - field trips 27 Commercial pine nut orchards 31 The aliens have landed 32 [...]

1712, 2017

TreeCropper 91

December 17th, 2017|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 5 Inventive uses for crop waste 8 Capuli cherry 10 Spring tasks in the orchard 12 Growing frewood 14 The kakabeak: an endangered species 16 Snaffle the apple - saving heritage apples 21 Knowledge in a nutshell: David Whyte 23 The ins and ins of seed smuggling 26 Research update: haskap/honeyberry 28 Taro trials 31 Citrus brown rot 34 Trees for bees [...]

1606, 2017

TreeCropper 90

June 16th, 2017|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 3 President’s report 4 Letters 6 New South Island vice president 7 DIY olla 8 Apple breeding using genetics 10 Field trip: Waiata Gardens 12 Truffles Q&A 15 Growing szechuan pepper 17 Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) 19 Nitrogen fixing plants 24 Life membership recipient: Bill Rae 25 Avocado trials with mycorrhizal fungi 28 Field trip: Plant & Food Research Riwaka 30 Conifer grafting 34 Winter tasks [...]

1205, 2017

Walnut Blogletter 29 – April 2017

May 12th, 2017|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Walnut Blogletter 29 – April 2017 This blogletter is a quick appeal for information from you lot. We have just had the absolutely worst season weather-wise that any of us imagined. A problem, yes. But it is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about growing these walnut things. So please get on your computer and give us a quick description of how this season has treated you. [...]

2603, 2017

Walnut Blogletter 28 – March 2017

March 26th, 2017|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Walnut Blogletter 28 –  March 2017 Covered in this blogletter is our continuing battle with Phytophthora, and the latest results in our search for better walnut varieties. Plus I have thrown in a few notes on random walnut topics spotted on the internet. But first… A follow up on our stumping experiment… In the May 2012 blogletter I described an experiment of ‘stumping’ some 4 year old trees that had [...]

2603, 2017

TreeCropper 89

March 26th, 2017|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 3 President’s report 4 New national secretary 5 Comfrey 9 Phenology in the field 12 Guava palaver 15 Feijoa maturity dates 16 Tree crops for every microclimate 21 Dung beetles 23 Fruit waste holds water 24 Hall Cup recipients 25 Nitrogen fixing plants 29 Biological farming in Australia 31 Autumn in the orchard 33 Knowledge in a nutshell 34 Conference 2017 35 Community fruit harvesting [...]

1303, 2017

Sugi – The Sacred Japanese Cedar

March 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

by Ben Gaia, West Coast TCA, dialatree.co.nz Cryptomeria japonica, the Japanese Cedar, sometimes called Japanese Redwood by foresters, should be a widely planted timber tree for New Zealand. For thirty years I have been growing and promoting timber trees, especially alternative timber species to wean off our reliance on pines, which although healthy and fast growing, tend to blow down on a large scale. Pinus timber is only allowed in [...]

512, 2016

TreeCropper 88

December 5th, 2016|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents 2 From the editor 3 President’s report 4 Letters 6 Obituary: Les Gruebner 7 Mixed forest model for the West Coast 11 How to make a solar dehydrator 14 Oakleaf papaya 17 Cold hardy subtropicals 18 Research update 20 Hazelnut repository 22 Tree lateral tie downs 23 Conference 2017 27 Insiders guide to walnuts 31 Finding the right pollinator 32 A plum summary 33 Plum maturity chart 34 Non-crop [...]

611, 2016

TreeCropper 87

November 6th, 2016|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents Front cover: Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) 2 From the editor 3 President’s report 4 Letters 5 Roots 8 The Food Act 2014 9 Understorey planting 12 Subtropicals in Australia 14 NZTCA research report 16 Controlling weeds 18 How to make potpourri 20 Pest: black cherry aphid 23 Knowledge in a nutshell: Clare Ryan 26 The permaculture orchard 30 Subtropical experiments 32 Almond trials in California 35 Lichen on your fruit [...]

2610, 2016

Walnut Blogletter 27 – October 2016

October 26th, 2016|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Last July I introduced the blogletter with this paragraph. With the huge increase in walnut plantings around the world, especially in China, we need to focus on what advantages we can exploit for walnuts grown in New Zealand. Massive planting has also been happening in countries around the Mediterranean as well as non-traditional places like Australia and Chile. Even in USA the big increase in walnut area is meeting headwinds [...]

808, 2016

Walnut Blogletter 26 – August 2016

August 8th, 2016|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Obituary Very sad news. Les Gruebner, a long time Bay of Plenty Tree Crops member, died quite unexpectedly on Monday night. No other details are available at the moment. Les was a major force behind NZTCA getting a website, and was also very encouraging to me producing this blogletter. He will be sadly missed. Some feedback Hi Nick, Thanks for the recent newsletter.  I wonder if you can help me [...]

2907, 2016

Walnut Blogletter 25 – July 2016

July 29th, 2016|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

The May Walnut Industry Group (WIG) newsletter raised some issues in my mind. It seems that we were not the only people to have a challenging walnut harvest with prolonged autumn rains. This report was in April this year. Intense rainfall has had a major impact on Chile’s walnut production, in particular the late season Chandler variety, says the grower and exporter association Chilenut. You can see the full article [...]

1707, 2016

Summer Pruning of Stone Fruit

July 17th, 2016|Categories: Crops, Tips & Techniques|

Bill Rae demonstrates summer pruning Some of the ideas expressed by Bill Rae, 28-Feb-2016. Compiled by Don Harwood. Purpose Remove excess growth to allow light into the tree and onto fruiting buds Stimulate new growth. Heavy pruning stimulates lots of new growth but less fruit production. Shape the tree, pyramid or open vase shape typically. Vase has only one layer of branches extending from the stem. To limit [...]

2306, 2016

TreeCropper 86

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents Front cover: Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 5 New members 6 Letters 7 Dr Don McKenzie Award recipient 8 Feijoas 9 Miracle berry 10 Importing seed 11 Subtropical plants in Waikato 14 Apple research 16 Humus saves the world 20 Biochar 24 Olive leaf extract 25 T-bud grafting 26 Loess Valley, China 28 Black chokeberry 30 Sheep sorrel 31 Citrus deficiences 34 Franklin [...]

1906, 2016

Hazelnut

June 19th, 2016|Categories: Crops, Hazel, Nut|Tags: , |

Guidelines for Growing Hazelnuts in New Zealand A series of bulletins in PDF form for download (2016): Bulletin 1: Introduction Bulletin 2: Hazelnut Varieties Bulletin 3: Flowering and Pollination Bulletin 4: Nut Development and Quality Bulletin 5: Establishment Bulletin 6: Orchard Management Bulletin 7: Harvesting […]

1605, 2016

Sheryn Dean- 2016 Dr Don McKenzie Award Recipient

May 16th, 2016|Categories: News|

Sheryn receives the Dr Don McKenzie award from president Bob Phillips The 2016 recipient of the Dr Don McKenzie award is Sheryn Dean (ex Clothier), who retired as TreeCropper editor earlier this year after 11 years. Sheryn is one of a rare breed – a second generation TreeCropper, growing up in the Dean family. She joined Tree Crops under her own right in about 2004 and epitomizing the [...]

1205, 2016

Conference 2016 Review

May 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

See more conference photos here. From Franklin Branch Chair, Raewyn Jarkiewicz Huge congratulations to the committee for organising the NZTCA National Conference held at Wesley College 22nd – 24th April. Thanks go to Heather Douglas, Joan Leitch, Val Pearce, Keith Dixon, John Allen and Virginia Warren for all their time and effort in making the conference a success. Also thank you to Bron & John Fergusson for manning the produce [...]

2303, 2016

TreeCropper 85

March 23rd, 2016|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents Front cover: ‘Tamarillo’ by kind permission of Trish Coonrod www.trishcoonrod.com 2 From the editor 4 President’s report 6 Letters 7 New committee members 8 Obituary: Barry Charles Quinn 9 Hickory nuts 10 Hickory nuts - the inside story 11 Waimea Nurseries: Q&A 15 Bamboo: pandering to a market 17 Harvesting bamboo 18 Date plum 20 Franklin conference 2016 22 Tamarillos 26 Psyllids & essential oils 27 Fungi - an [...]

1703, 2016

TreeCropper 84

March 17th, 2016|Categories: TreeCropper|

Contents Front cover: Red currant - a fantastic, edible, Christmas decoration that ripens right on time every year. Photo: Sheryn Clothier 2 Editor's opinion 4 Pips and pieces 6 NZTCA notices 7 President's report 8 Your letters 10 Persimmons 13 Questions 14 Lucuma 16 Asimoya 18 2016 Conference 23 Monk Fruit 24 Guthrie-Smith Arboretum 29 Pineapples 30 Rootstock effect on fruit 34 Understanding your soil test 39 Monkey Puzzle tree [...]

1309, 2015

TreeCropper 83

September 13th, 2015|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Contents Front cover: A selection of apples from Plant and Food Research’s germplasm collection. See page 22. Copyright © Plant & Food Research. All rights reserved. Back cover photos by Sheryn Clothier. 2 Thanks to members contributing to TreeCropper 5 Why two copies 6 President's report 7 Pips and Pieces 8 Almonds 14 Apples 28 Bananas 32 Capers 37 Pine nuts 38 Chestuts 46 Figs 59 Guava moth 59 Gevuina [...]

1209, 2015

TreeCropper 82

September 12th, 2015|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

TreeCropper Issue 82 Front Cover: Leonie Bart (centre, pink shirt) shared her extensive knowledge and experience with NZTCA members as we toured her 4ha avocado orchard during Conference 2015  2 Editor's opinion  3 Thanks to members contributing to TreeCropper  4 President's report  5 NZTCA notices  6 Pips and Pieces  8 Your letters  9 Growing bat willow 10 In defence of truffles 14 Willow weaver 16 Growing willow for basketry 18 [...]

405, 2015

Auckland Branch – First Annual Tree and Plant Sale

May 4th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

40 year Anniversary of Tree Crops: Special Event Auckland Branch First Annual Tree and Plant Sale Saturday 11 July 2015 Wet or Fine 10am to 1pm Venue: Auckland Botanic Gardens Manurewa In the covered courtyards. Everyone welcome: gardeners, lifestyle and small block holders, farmers, nurseries. You can buy and sell, look, talk trees and ask questions. Buyers Anything could turn up for sale on the day.  First in – first [...]

1604, 2015

Biosecurity and MPI involvement

April 16th, 2015|Categories: News|

At the (2015) conference the very informative and engaging Dr John Clearwater presented on beneficial bugs.  Needless to say in question time there was quite a few divergent questions.  What John stated was that Tree Croppers are a wonderful resource as ears and eyes on the ground noticing new bugs, and that the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) should highly value our ability to give feedback about new or invasive [...]

503, 2015

TreeCropper 81

March 5th, 2015|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TreeCropper Issue 81 Front cover: Gevuina flowers and nuts at Lyn and Steve Bentley’s property in Te Anau. The trees are cropping well, the problem is how to extract the nut. See page 8. 2 Editor's opinion 3 Thanks to members contributing to TreeCropper 4 President's report 5 Pips and pieces - classified advertising - Your letters 10 Gevuina - uses 12 Truffle 16 More than cider 18 Pinus Armandii [...]

2002, 2015

Chestnut

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Crops, Nut|

You've heard of that 'old chestnut' – perhaps we have defined it here: The Chestnut industry in New Zealand has been arduously nutted out many times over; but it always seems to relegate itself into the 'nearly made it' chest. This time - 2013 - there still remain international markets pleading for product. A leading tree propagator of great experience holds a bud grafting workshop featuring chestnuts. He has supplied [...]

2002, 2015

Nut Crops Summary – Grow Nuts Yourself

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Crops, Nut|

Written by Eric Cairnes, NZTCA - February 2000 So you've bought or are thinking of buying a rural block and perhaps earning some retirement income from growing something, preferably something you yourself like eating.  What about nuts? They are high value, store well, are eary to transport, lend themselves to niche marketing and can be managed on a fairly small scale. Remember the in shell nuts you indulged in over [...]

402, 2015

Walnut Blogletter 21

February 4th, 2015|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walnut Blogletter 21 - Introduction A few random thoughts coming your way, mostly in response to emails. If you hear some walnut news or observe something interesting in your orchard, let us hear about it.  We can all learn. If you have made or are selling walnut equipment that would be interesting too. All the best as you count down to the next walnut season. nick Enjoy: Blogletter 21, click [...]

301, 2015

Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market

January 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|

The source of our planet's food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared. Should tree croppers be concerned about this? But farmers are resisting, saving seeds in banks and barns across the world. Now they have devised a revolutionary project -- a global [...]

912, 2014

TreeCropper 80

December 9th, 2014|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

TreeCropper Issue 80 Front Cover: Flowers and fruit (unripe in picture) are simultaneous on jaboticaba, which is obviously pollinated by bees in New Zealand.  2 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier  3 Thanks to members contributing to TreeCropper  4 President's report Bill Rae  5 Your letters 10 Casimiroa - members’ reports continued 12 Pips and pieces - classified advertising 13 Jaboticaba 16 Jaboticaba - members’ reports 22 Biodynamics explained 24 Conference 2015 [...]

2509, 2014

TreeCropper 79

September 25th, 2014|Categories: TreeCropper|

TreeCropper Issue 79 Front Cover: Casimiroas growing at Miranda, northern Waikato.  2 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier  3 Thanks to members contributing to TreeCropper  4 President's report Bill Rae  5 Your letters: I rejoined - kawakawa leaves  6 Pips and pieces - your classified advertising Countrywide comments  8 David Colley on Eucalyptus 10 Michelle Derecourt on climate change 12 Rachel Rose on hügelhultur beds 14 Yangmei - a new crop for [...]

3006, 2014

Walnut Blogletter 18 – May 2014

June 30th, 2014|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

← Return to All Walnut Blogletters Not having put out a blogletter 18 for a while has been eating at my conscience, so with another season underway, I thought I would try and get the conversations going again. This will be a short letter, with the aim of eliciting your comments and stories, which is what most participants value. I find every season is a one-off, and leaves you quite [...]

3006, 2014

Walnut Blogletter 19 – June 2014

June 30th, 2014|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We follow up with another blogletter 19 so soon because Valda Muller informs me that their operation is about to air on Country Calendar sometime in June, probably the 21st. And I know you don't want to miss that. Her letter below...

2406, 2014

Walnut

June 24th, 2014|Categories: Crops, Nut|

Walnut categories: The Walnut Industry Nut crops summary - Walnut, Chestnut and others. Walnut Blogletter launched in 2010 by Nick Nelson Parker  

2705, 2014

Food Act 2014 – Notice

May 27th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

The new Food Act - what does it mean for businesses 28 May 2014 In a few days time the Food Bill which was passed by Parliament this week will become the Food Act 2014. The new Act intends to make it easier and less costly for many food businesses, while ensuring the food produced is safe. The new Food Act aims to give food businesses the tools to manage [...]

2105, 2014

TreeCropper 78

May 21st, 2014|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

TreeCropper Issue 78 Front Cover: Pecan nuts forming at the property of Wendy and Dennis near Foxton.  2 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier  3 President's report Bill Rae  4 Your letters: Buart nuts, Holm oak, Hemp concerns, Avocado seedlings, Dry lemons, Brix  8 Pips and pieces 10 NZTCA Management Committee – Profiles of new office-holders 12 NZTCA Conference 2014 reports – Water, the Elixir of Life Bonus: Peter Robinson on rainwater [...]

603, 2014

TreeCropper 77

March 6th, 2014|Categories: TreeCropper|

TreeCropper Issue 77 March 2014 Front Cover:  Photo by John Cowan — Winning photograph of the 2013 NZTCA Conference's photographic competition. The face is of one-year-old grandson Joseph...   1 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier   2 President's report Murray Redpath   3 Your letters   6 Pips and pieces   8 Lucuma Tree - Pouteria Iucuma Frankincense Kathrina Muller John Dean   9 Blue Honeysuckle - Lonicera caeulea Kathrina Muller [...]

2402, 2014

NZ Food Bill – Submissions by tree croppers

February 24th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

"Our members have expressed their disquiet at the barriers this Bill puts up to their way of life and their financial viability..."  20 February 2014 Study the Written Submission here; and the Oral Submission here - to gain an insight into this divisive legislation. Food Bill 2010 (2010 No. 160-2) Food Bill - Submissions, extracts: "...A walk around a farmer’s market will provide insight into public interest in locally produced gourmet [...]

812, 2013

TreeCropper 76

December 8th, 2013|Categories: TreeCropper|

TreeCropper Issue 76 December 2013 TreeCropper 76 Front Cover:  Christmas, summer and lots of fruit are coming! Feijoa flower petals are a colourful addition to summer salads. Their flavour is slightly sweet with hints of cinnamon and their texture is delightfully different.Pictured is Apollo flowering in my Waikato orchard.   1 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier   2 President's report Murray Redpath   3 Your letters   4 Pips and pieces [...]

612, 2013

Our Magazine – TreeCropper

December 6th, 2013|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

by Maurice Denton In July 1975 the first “Journal of the New Zealand Tree Crops Association” appeared — editor David Ryde, with numerous line drawings by his wife Alison. It was a great success, with reports on the activities of our recently-formed Association and articles contributed by members about a wide range of tree cropping topics. Two issues appeared each year until 1981, when there were three.  But, as the [...]

1410, 2013

TreeCropper 75

October 14th, 2013|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

TreeCropper 75 - September 2013 TreeCropper 75 Front Cover: Lonely in pink—My dwarf peach tree is in a pot and is covered in a mass of white blossoms each spring. But occasionally, amongst the white, is a perfect pink blossom. I sent this photo off to our N.I. vice-president Bill Rae for an explanation...   1 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier   2 President's report Murray Redpath   3 Your letters [...]

2809, 2013

Research Discussion Paper

September 28th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Research|Tags: |

RESEARCH DISCUSSION PAPER The Management committee has asked me to look into the need to promote the research side of the organisation.  The research fund has not been widely used over the past few years and funds are available to branches for their use.  Is it due to a shortage of ideas, an uncertainty as to whether a topic or project is worthy of the name research, a lack of [...]

2709, 2013

Innovation Grant – Wellington Horowhenua

September 27th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Research|Tags: |

20th September, 2013 Wellington Horowhenua Branch NZTCA Branch Representatives Dear Jean and Robyn, At our last Management Committee meeting we unanimously voted to accept your Branch’s application for funds of $834 from the Branch Innovations Fund. Your project “Almond Cultivar & Management Trial” with the objective of optimising almond production is a very worthwhile one. When this money is spent, please send copies of the invoices to our Treasurer, enabling [...]

2009, 2013

Research – Trials

September 20th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Research|

Trials for tree croppers Pushing the boundaries and answering the unanswered is what NZTCA is all about. There are thousands of questions, each with different answers for different climates. Which is the best cultivar? Do organic practices produce more or less fruit than conventional? Which produce the most wholesome fruit, seedling or grafted trees? The questions are endless and the answers aren’t found in the lab, but by NZTCA members [...]

2808, 2013

Walnut Blogletter 17 – August 2013

August 28th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi, Nick ,Pauline, many thanks for sending this on, really enjoyed reading it . Ray, Elaine Brown Jeremy Bicknell also picked up on the Spanish paper on growing walnuts for timber, which developed into a discussion on this topic.  That will be good to reproduce in a later blogletter.  Hi Nick, Many thanks for latest blogletter.  So interesting to hear about walnut growing in China and Jeffrey’s account of his [...]

2108, 2013

Walnut Blogletter 16 – August 2013 – from China

August 21st, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Another welcome interruption to our usual blogletter fare; Jeffrey Feint has just come back from an exciting trip to China, and has generously shared it with us. I think you will gain some worthwhile insights, and it does what any blogletter should do; generate more questions! Blogletter 16 - from China, click to open in PDF format... All the best nick

608, 2013

Hi-Cane® Season – Be Aware

August 6th, 2013|Categories: Concepts, Crops|Tags: |

Hydrogen cyanamide (Hi-Cane®, Dormex®, Breaker® etc) This information is from literature distributed by Nufarm NZ Limited. Copies may be available at your local FruitFed outlet. If you live or work near kiwifruit in July-August-September, or you are planning to try this chemical on other crops, then you and neighbours had better be intimate with this information. Do not expect local kiwifruit contractors to make it available to you, even if [...]

507, 2013

Walnut Blogletter 15 – July 2013

July 5th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

← Return to All Walnut Blogletters This blogletter 15 is so overdue that you probably had thought you had heard the last of me. My only consolation has been that you may have been just as busy with your bumper harvest and probably have not had time to read a blogletter anyway. To break the log-jam, I am passing on this information compiled by David Whyte on Boron (link below). [...]

1206, 2013

Restore poor grassland into productive mixed tree-cropping woodlands?

June 12th, 2013|Categories: Concepts, Crops|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

President’s Report Murray Redpath, NZTCA National President. Treecropper | June 2013 | Issue 74 | P2 Waikato hosted a wonderful conference, with workshops, speakers and field trips showing productive enterprises over a wide range of scales from back yards to large commercial orchards. It is wonderful watching our members share information, debate the different philosophies of how to grow a productive landscape, and enjoy themselves, the same things that have [...]

1206, 2013

Tree Planting Animal Repellent

June 12th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Shelter, Tips & Techniques|Tags: |

Tree Planting and Animals by Nick Ledgard Canterbury Branch Member NZTCA archives All planters of shelterbelts and woodlots are fully aware of the need to protect trees from stock. Most, like me, have learnt the hard way that there is no place for sub-standard fencing. Even just one breakthrough within the first 3-4 years can spell doom for most trees. But few of us succeed in isolating young plants from [...]

906, 2013

TreeCropper 74

June 9th, 2013|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: , |

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 74 - July 2013 Front Cover: Perfect persimmons — Geoff Peach of Holyoak Orchard showed the Conference 2013 Profitable Produce field trip though his packing shed. Destined for the demanding Japanese market, each persimmon is nurtured in covered orchards and inspected under microscopes before being carefully packed.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's reportMurray Redpath   4Your [...]

1505, 2013

Basic Notes – Why this booklet was written

May 15th, 2013|Categories: Archives|

"Green Guide" introduction The Basic Notes booklet is available at no cost to members here (scroll to bottom of page and click on "Older crop guides can be viewed here") When we bought our piece of land we had ideas of growing something. But what? We read and researched and couldn't believe the numbers of books and other resources often needed just to find some basic information. So here is [...]

2004, 2013

The Concept of Water Concentration

April 20th, 2013|Categories: Concepts, Crops|

by Otto Muller In areas where the normal rainfall is only marginal and very often insufficient it is often possible to greatly increase success rate when planting tree or bushes by using techniques of water concentration. Water concentration means creating conditions where part of the rainfall in an area is encouraged to run off from an area where it is not essential into an area that essentially require all the [...]

2004, 2013

The Walnut Industry

April 20th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Otto Muller The two major factors limiting the walnut industry are blight and frost.  In Central Otago the area suitable for planting is limited to areas frost-free during the growing season of walnuts, while in Canterbury areas with lower rainfall are preferred because higher rainfall areas are more likely to have problems with blight.  David McNeill is working on a rather ingenious project to find a solution to the [...]

1004, 2013

Publish or Perish!

April 10th, 2013|Categories: Archives|

Concerning NZTCA - Publish or Perish! Guest editorial by founding member, the late J. Doug Davies. Thirty-one years on, there are several issues of concern to myself as an original founder of NZTCA. There have been a number of changes that, in my view, have had serious consequences for the establishment of tree crop industries in New Zealand: Our conferences have long been the ‘flagship’ of NZTCA. We must restore [...]

2303, 2013

TreeCropper 73

March 23rd, 2013|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 73 March 2013 Front Cover: Crab apples can have high levels of phenolic compounds — the goodies our body needs to fight diseases. See story on page 6. Photograph taken at Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira during the 2011 Hawkes Bay post-conference tour.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's reportMurray Redpath   3Your letters   4Pips and [...]

1603, 2013

Flowering Trees for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: , , |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Acer var Maple Spring 4.5-20m Aesculus var Horse Chestnut Spring - Summer 3-30m Agonis Willow Myrtle Late Spring 5m Backhousia citriodora Lemon Scented Myrtle Summer 12m Callistemon var Bottle Brush Spring - Autumn 3-9m Ceanothus var Californian Lilac Spring - Summer 1.5-3m Cercis var Judas Tree Spring - Summer 5-10m Eucalyptus var Eucalyptus/Gum Trees Spring - Winter 4.5-60m Eucalyptus ficifolia Flowering Gum Summer 7m [...]

1603, 2013

Flowering Shrubs for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: , , |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Abutilon var Chinese lantern Spring - Autumn 1-4.5m Banksia var Banksia Spring - Winter 90cm-1.5m Camellia var Camellia Winter - Summer 1.2-9m Caryopteris var Blue spiraea, Bluebeard Summer 1.5m Cassia Buttercup Tree Autumn - Winter 2m Chaenomeles var Japonica Winter - Spring 1-3m Chamaecytisus palmensis Tagasaste Winter - Spring 5m Chimonanthus praecox Wintersweet Winter 2.5-3m Choisya ternata Mexican Orange blossom Spring - Autumn 1-3m [...]

1603, 2013

Herbs for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: , |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Achillea millefolium Yarrow, Milfoil Summer 1m Agastache Giant Mexican Mint Summer - Autumn 80cm Alliums Incl. Chives & Garlic Chives Summer 40cm Aloysia triphylla/ Lippia citriodora Lemon Verbena 1-3m Borago officinalis Borage, Starflower Spring - Autumn 80cm Chrysanthemum parthenium Feverfew Summer 1m Coriandrum sativum Coriander Summer 80cm Echinacea purpurea Echinacea Summer - Autumn 45-120cm Eruca sativa Rocket/arugula Continual 40cm Lavandula angustifolia Lavenders Summer 1m [...]

1603, 2013

Garden Flowers for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: , , |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Ajuga Bugleweed Spring - Summer Ground cover Anthemis Marguerite Daisy Summer 70cm Antirrhinum majus Snapdragon Summer 30cm-60cm Armeria Thrift Summer 20cm Aster (Compositae) Michaelmas Daisy Summer 80cm Astilbe False Spiraea, Goat's Beard Summer 80cm Alyssum Alyssum Summer Ground cover Campanula Canterbury Bells Summer 1m Centaurea Perennial Cornflower Summer 60cm-2cm Cheiranthus/ Erysimum Perennial Wallflower Spring - Winter 30cm Corydalis Corydalis Spring - Autumn 40cm Dianthus [...]

1603, 2013

Nuts, Fruit and Berries for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: , , , |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Actinidia chinensis Gold kiwifruit Early Spring Vine Actinidia deliciosa Green kiwifruit Late Spring Vine Actinidia arguta Arguta, kiwiberries Spring Vine Carya illinoensis Pecan (pollen) Late Spring 20m Casimiroa edulis & cvs Casimiroa All year 5m Castanea sativa Chestnut Spring - Summer 10m Corylus avellana Hazelnut Winter - Early Spring 4m Cydonia oblonga cvs Quince Spring 4m Cyphomandra batacea Tamarillo Summer 4m Citrus sp & [...]

1603, 2013

Native Plants for Bees

March 16th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|Tags: |

Scientific name Casual name Flowering Posture Alectryon excelsus Titoki Early summer 20m Aristotelia serrata Makomako Spring 8m Arthropodium cirratum Rengarenga Lily Spring - Summer 60cm Astelia sp. Astelia Spring 1-2m Avecennia resinifera Manawa (Mangrove) Winter 3m Beilschmiedia tawa Tawa Spring 25m Brachyglotis repanda Rangiora Winter - Spring 7m Clematis paniculata Puawhanaga Spring Climber Cordyline australis Ti (Cabbage Tree) Spring 17m Corokia sp & var Corokia Late Spring 3m Dodonea viscosa [...]

903, 2013

Andean Walnut

March 9th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Nut|Tags: , , |

Family - JUGLANDACEAE Botanical Name - Juglans neotropica Diels = J. honorei Dode Other Names - Tocte (fruit), Nogal (tree), Ecuador Walnut, Tropical Walnut, Cedro, Black or Nogul Cedar Introduction In 1977 on a trip to Ecuador Dick Endt of Landsendt Nursery saw the potential for growing Andean Walnut in New Zealand. The first trees were planted in the Auckland area at Oratia,then later at Great Barrier Island. Other older [...]

803, 2013

Tagasaste

March 8th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Fodder and Forage, Shelter|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Classification - Leguminosae Chamaecytisus proliferus var palmensis. Allied species are C. stenopetalus (yellow flowers) and C. Palida (white flowers) Before 1980 it was misnamed Cytisus proliferus in New Zealand. Also known as Tree Lucerne, False Tree Lucerne. Same family as gorse and broom, but infinitely more desirable. Introduction Endemic to the Canary Islands, tagasaste was introduced into New Zealand late last century as a hedging plant and has since become [...]

703, 2013

Pistachio

March 7th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Nut|

Introduction Pistachio (Pistachio vera) nuts are a crop of great antiquity. They probably originated in Iran, Turkestan and Afghanistan. The major producers of pistachio nuts are Iran, Turkey and California in the USA. Less important producers are Australia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Greece and Italy. Orchard cultivation in America and Australia has a short history. Of 40,000 acres planted in California, about 90% have been planted since 1970. Australian interest [...]

703, 2013

Pecan

March 7th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Nut|

Classification : CARYA - Hickory - JUGLANDACEAE Pecan - Introduction Pecan is considered one of the most valuable nut species. The word 'pecan' means “a nut too hard to crack by hand”. Its scientific name, Carya illinoensis is from karyon (an ancient Greek name for nut) and a Latinised version of Illinois (meaning the nut that grew in the territory occupied by the Illinois Indian tribe). This member of the [...]

703, 2013

Organic Tree Cropping

March 7th, 2013|Categories: Concepts, Crops|

The Big Picture The term organic means the production of safe, wholesome food by natural means that are as sustainable as possible, and to leave the soil in an improved state of health. The return to such methods is partly a reaction to the use of toxic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilisers, and also to the over-use and loss of natural fertility of soil. Because the term organic means different [...]

603, 2013

Macadamia

March 6th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Nut|

Classification - Proteaceae Introduction - Macadamia Although Macadamia are native to the eastern subtropical coastal rainforest of Australia (23 – 29 degrees South latitude) until recently the main commercial plantings were all in Hawaii. They were used there for reforestation projects but were not satisfactory for this use. Many trees were planted as ornamentals and these formed the nucleus for the early orchard plantings until in 1936 the University of [...]

503, 2013

Forage

March 5th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Fodder and Forage|Tags: , , |

A Guide to Tree Forage Crops Compiled by G Halliwell Advisory Services Division Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Gisborne, 1979. Foreword Over the past years I have received a number of queries concerning Tree Crops for Forage.  These questions cover a diverse field.  They range from providing a balanced diet for stock at certain times of the year, including the place of leaves in the diet of animals, through to [...]

503, 2013

Bees & Trees

March 5th, 2013|Categories: Bees, Crops|

Bees are an important part of our ecology. They are the main pollinators of many fruit and vegetable species, thus increasing yields. They also provide us with honey, and some medicinal products such as propolis and royal jelly. This Fact Sheet deals with what bees need, how the trees supply these needs, and how bees assist pollination. What the bee needs Pollen is the source of protein, minerals, fats, vitamins [...]

403, 2013

Pine Nut

March 4th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Nut, Pine nut|

Classification: Pinaceae Other names for Pinus pinea Stone Pine, Edible Pinenut, Umbrella Pine Introduction Many species of pines bear edible pine nuts. These nuts are actually the kernels which are released when pine seeds are cracked open, and each cone usually has numerous seeds. Different pine species have different sized seeds, different ease of cracking and different flavours – the worst tasting strongly of turpentine. Pine nuts are very nutritious [...]

403, 2013

Almond

March 4th, 2013|Categories: Almond, Crops, Nut|

Family - ROSACEAE Botanical Name Prunis dulcis (formerly Prunus amygdalus var dulcis) Introduction The humble almond can be overlooked, but is a delicious treat, and compares well with all our other nuts. The almond is only a peach in disguise. A dry fleshed close relative of the peach, the flesh being replaced with a thin dry leathery hull. There are wild relatives of almonds growing over Central Asia, Asia Minor [...]

3101, 2013

Walnut Blogletter 14 – January 2013

January 31st, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

← Return to All Walnut Blogletters Before we get on to the main subject of this blogletter, prompted by the news reports of roundup resistant weeds, we need to air responses to the last blogletter. You may recall, that the subject was fertilizer application, quickly followed by this. A cautionary note about over fertilizing. The benefit of this blogletter has been to see how differently people approach their walnut growing. [...]

1301, 2013

Walnut Blogletter 13 – December 2012

January 13th, 2013|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: |

A cautionary note about over fertilizing. The benefit of this blogletter has been to see how differently people approach their walnut growing. I have been thinking about the possible responses to the fertilizer section of the last blogetter and have decided that a note of caution is in order before you start throwing around large amounts of fertilizer. […]

2912, 2012

Competition

December 29th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , |

We need to keep an eye on the competition. Anna Brenmuhl sends us interesting walnut articles. I have picked out some comments; US (CA): Good demand for walnuts continues “Lots of market research shows that the health benefits of walnuts are important factors when it comes to choosing them,” said CEO of the California Walnut Commission, Dennis Balint. […]

2812, 2012

Fertiliser, frosts…

December 28th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: , , |

Dear Nick You will no doubt have heard that in Central Otago we had another severe air frost at the beginning of November, a bit like having a hundred year event 2 years in a row. I was actually in Brisbane but on returning home noticed that many of our trees were badly burnt even up to a height of 4 – 5 metres, and even in areas with good [...]

2812, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 12 – December 2012

December 28th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|Tags: |

Walnut Blogletter 12 – Introduction We cannot start without a comment about the season this time. Yep! Completely different again. But this time it looks as if the elements have been working for us. We seem to have plenty of nuts set on the trees, and that would be typical around the country from what I hear. Though the cold snap may have inflicted frost damage in some South Island [...]

2412, 2012

Hazel – Hazelnut Crop Guide

December 24th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Hazel, Nut|Tags: , , , |

This fact sheet has been produced with the latest information available at the time of publication. In no way, however, can this sheet be considered the ultimate in information for New Zealand growing conditions: it is just a basic guide on the subject. If you have information to contribute, or feels that any of the information is misleading, then we ask you to contact us using the Comment facility at [...]

212, 2012

TreeCropper 72

December 2nd, 2012|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 72 December 2012 Front Cover: During the Nelson 2012 annual NZTCA conference, members visited the home farm of Robert Appleton (of Appletons Tree Nursery). In an arboretum grouped according to province, members stop to admire trees native to Georgia, USA.     1 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier   2 President's report Murray Redpath   3 Management Committee [...]

1110, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 11 – September 2012

October 11th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Blight Control This is good topic for a blogletter, raised by Andy Philpott. We can all learn if you share your blight control experiences. Dear Nick & Pauline Enjoyed your comments on Copper Spraying and Walnut Blight – about 3 years ago I was overseas and left careful instructions for copper spraying with a guy who worked for me. I didn’t discover until about February that he had ignored my [...]

110, 2012

Management of Shelterbelts For Horticultural Crops

October 1st, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

By R L Hathaway Soil Conservation Centre, Aokautere, Ministry of Works and Development, Palmerston North. Most growers agree that the provision of a well-designed shelter system is very important for the production of high quality horticultural crops in most parts of New Zealand. Considerable effort may be spent in determining the optimum design and species combination for the area and crop type to be protected, but of equal importance to [...]

110, 2012

Shelter – The Case For Cloth

October 1st, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

Inadequate shelter is costing kiwifruit growers tens of thousands of dollars a year in lost production, says Mr Rick Reid, marketing director of Savlon Reid Ltd. Research indicates that about 80% of all kiwifruit orchards have inadequate shelter he says, and this could be costing some orchardists up to $50,000 a year. Mr Reid believes poor shelter in many cases is the result of poor planning based on the old [...]

2809, 2012

Tree Species for Horticultural Shelter

September 28th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

by R. L. Hathaway Soil Conservation Centre, Ministry of Works and Development Aokautere One of the major decisions to be made in developing a horticultural property is that of which tree species or species combination to plant for wind protection. For many growers, this is a difficult decision, despite the fact that considerable experience with trees for windbreak establishment has been gained over recent years in New Zealand. The main [...]

2809, 2012

Bob Hathaway

September 28th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

Mr R. (Bob) L. Hathaway For some time since 1968 he had been the National Plant Materials Centre scientist in charge of the programme for introducing, breeding and selecting willows for soil conservation. Clones he has developed include the recently released fast-growing Salix matsudana x alba shelter selections "Tangoio", "Makara" and "Moutere". Mr Hathaway's other major responsibility was the selection of soil conservation species, mainly Eucalyptus, for seasonally dry hill [...]

2709, 2012

The Big Mistakes

September 27th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

Growers establishing a shelterbelt often make one of these four mistakes, says National Plant Materials Centre* scientist, Bob Hathaway. • Inadequate weed control: This problem particularly affects the new horticulturalist or part-timers who haven't time for weed control. All new shelterbelts should be kept free from weeks for the first two years, either by cultivation or herbicides. Spraying with herbicides is the main method. • Irrigation not organised until trees [...]

2709, 2012

Shelter Questions

September 27th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

Scientist Bob Hathaway says four questions are usually asked about planting shelterbelts. Answers to these form part of the series of articles Mr Hathaway has written about shelterbelts. • What are the best species to plant in my area and situation? Salt-laden or very strong winds are the main limitation on what to plant. Otherwise you can grow almost anything. The situation and crop chosen also influence choice. • What [...]

2709, 2012

Summer Winds Taught Us Something

September 27th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

By Lynsey King - from 1983, timeless advice. Five summer months of strong salt-laden winds have taken their toll on shelter-belts. Scientist, Bob Hathaway has been studying the damage the winds have wrecked, particularly on poplar and willow shelter-belts in the Manawatu. Strong summer winds normally last only a month or so, but last summer's abnormal conditions has taught scientists several lessons. One lesson is that there are serious limitations [...]

2709, 2012

Back To Basics On Shelter

September 27th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Shelter|

First part of a series from Growing Today, July 1983 by R.L. Hathaway National Plant Materials Centre, Aukautere Provision of adequate shelter from wind is essential for the successful production of most horticultural crops in New Zealand. Good shelter not only results in improved yield and quality of crops; it often determines whether or not the crop can be grown at all. A large proportion of horticultural crops are grown [...]

209, 2012

TreeCropper 71

September 2nd, 2012|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 71 - September 2012 Front Cover: The beauty of the orchard in spring represented by the delicate flower of the Giant of Gascony quince.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's reportMurray Redpath   3Your letters   6Pips and pieces   8Neonicotinoids for bees   9Saffron - Threads of edible goldJulie Winder, Wairarapa Branch 13Feijoas/boron - trial reportRoy [...]

2307, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 9 – May 2012

July 23rd, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Walnut harvest Did you get a crop this season? Reports I have had are that all the bad weather through the summer has had its toll. Everybody‘s harvest is lower than last year; ranging from 25% to 95% down. When spring began to unfold, or more descriptively wrap us in a continual blanket of fog and drizzle, I was expecting a 90% reduction in crop, but as it turned out [...]

706, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 8 – January 2012

June 7th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

With a new walnut harvest looming on the horizon, I thought I would put out another short blogletter to keep in touch and also to let you know of the visit by some members of the Walnut Industry Group to walnut orchards in the Eastern Bay of Plenty this Waitangi weekend 4-6th February. You are all welcome to all or part of it. There will be three fieldays; Doug and [...]

706, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 7 – July 2011

June 7th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Walnut Blogletter 7 This blogletter is mainly Jeffrey Feint’s experiences. It is really enlightening when people share their thoughts so freely. Although I have responded to some of them individually, it would be really useful if a number of you could also express your opinions about what he has said. I have always found that until you are getting contradictory advice, you are not making much progress. Keep up the [...]

706, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 6 – June 2011

June 7th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

Walnut Blogletter 6 This blogletter will focus on systems and techniques to make harvesting more efficient. Again I am not purporting to define how it is to be done, but I am hoping to be a little provocative, so that some of you cannot resist telling me how it REALLY should be done. I had hoped to cover machinery that I know many of you are developing, but that will [...]

706, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 5 – May 2011

June 7th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

I have just come up for air at the end of a fairly intense walnut harvest. The wet weather concentrated the nut fall, which was a good thing, but it meant that we had to be extra conscientious about getting the nuts in off the wet ground. So top of the priority list is get this blogletter away as your contributions need to see the light of day. [...]

706, 2012

Walnut Blogletter 1 (Introducing Nick)

June 7th, 2012|Categories: Crops, Walnut, Walnut Blogletter|

May 2010 Perhaps I should start by introducing myself. My name is Nick Nelson Parker. In the late 1970's we started planting an experimental walnut orchard/forest. This photo was taken this spring in front of one of my 31 year old walnut trees being grown for timber. It is also one of my earlier selections for nut quality. We are now winding down nut gathering operations in the orchard, lifting [...]

206, 2012

TreeCropper 70

June 2nd, 2012|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 70 - June 2012 Front Cover: Jo Shephens, Plant and Food Research's Rubus breeder stood in for Ron Beatson, the hops breeder, who was away on the day the Nelson Conference field trip visited. The objectives for hop breeding is wider than boutique beers and aimed at the whole industry producing both alpha (bittering) and aroma hops. [...]

203, 2012

TreeCropper 69

March 2nd, 2012|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand expanded="true" title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper 69 Front Cover: Ben Elms and the Central Otago Tree Growers Branch has initiated an Orchards in Schools project. Pictured here is Breagha Rennie (holding branch), then Pip Barrett, Ben Elms, Lily Roberts and Emilie Barnett at Hawea Flat School planting the first orchard of their project. Read Ben's report on page 32. (Thanks to Wanaka TV [...]

212, 2011

TreeCropper 68

December 2nd, 2011|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 68 - December 2011 Front Cover: The 2011 Post-Conference tour was treated to wonderful morning tea on the lawn of the original homestead of Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira. With views over the extensive plantings through to Lake Tutira, it a was an auspicious start to a wonderful tour. For a full report, see page 9.   [...]

209, 2011

TreeCropper 67

September 2nd, 2011|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 67 - September 2011 Front Cover: Diana Bell presented a selection of heritage apples for tasting during the Hawkes Bay 2011 NZTCA Annual Conference. Sourced from Plant and Food Research's heritage orchard of what was ripe at the time and looked tempting, the varieties included Egremont Russet, Rhode Island Greening, Golden Harvest, Merton Russet, Captain Kidd Kay, [...]

206, 2011

TreeCropper 66

June 2nd, 2011|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 66 - June 2011 Front Cover: NZTCA members view a custom-made brush unit used to clean feijoas and a sorter which uses weight to size and direct feijoas into four different off-ramps and collection crates. This sorter was demonstrated during a field trip to Ray and Jean Hollis's Kapiti Gold Organics feijoa orchard in Te Horo during [...]

203, 2011

TreeCropper 65

March 2nd, 2011|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 65 - March 2011 This issue was delayed in the Christchurch Earthquake 'Red Zone' for a few weeks. Front cover: Crispie™, a new pipfruit cultivar, is a typical European shape with a light yellow colour. Bred by Plant & Food Research at Riwaka Research Station (see page 8) and commercialised by Prevar™. Copyright © The New Zealand [...]

212, 2010

TreeCropper 64

December 2nd, 2010|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

[expand expanded="true" title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] Front cover: Native bee, Lasioglossum sp., in flowers of Bulbinella, a New Zealand native plant. (Photo by Chris Morse, © Landcare Research New Zealand Limited).   1 Editor's opinion Sheryn Clothier   2 What to do with December's produce Lois Limmer   3 President's message Murray Redpath   4 Your letters   7 Pips and pieces   8 [...]

209, 2010

TreeCropper 63

September 2nd, 2010|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 63 - September 2010 Front cover: Spring is heralded by the mass of blossom on a three-year-old Dans Early plum. Photo taken by Sheryn Clothier at her Waikato property in spring 2009.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's MessageMurray Redpath   3Pips and pieces; Your letters   6Reflections of a walnut researcherVernon Harrison   8Almond trial updateAnn [...]

206, 2010

TreeCropper 62

June 2nd, 2010|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 62 - June 2010 Front cover: The Mandeville Meander 2010 Conference field visit took NZTCA members to the blackwood woodlot and sawmill of John and Robyn Fairweather - see more photos on page 32. Photo by David Colley.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   3President's MessageMurray Redpath   4Granny Louisa apple Mary Browne   6Planting in clayReg Lewthwaite [...]

203, 2010

TreeCropper 61

March 2nd, 2010|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 61 - March 2010 Front cover: Fred Davey demonstrates 'Lady Muck' during a NZTCA Conference 2009 field trip to Cobtree Farm. Originally designed as a alpaca and horse poo collector, it also picks up olives, and in this case, hazels. See other members' harvesting ideas on pages 32-37.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's MessageMurray Redpath   [...]

212, 2009

TreeCropper 60

December 2nd, 2009|Categories: TreeCropper|Tags: |

[expand expanded="true" title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] Front cover: Macadamia A4 in full flower at Torere Macadamias. Read Vanessa Hayes' update on the New Zealand Macadamia Industry on page 14.   1 Editor's opinion - Poisoning Paradise with 1080 Sheryn Clothier   3 President's Message Murray Redpath   4 Your letters - organics or mainstream reply; forest symbiotics and multi-tier farming   6 Cider making [...]

209, 2009

TreeCropper 59

September 2nd, 2009|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 59 - September 2009 Front cover: Flowers of the hazelnut, Tonda di Giffoni, encased in ice. It was midday in Clyde (June 2009) when this picture was taken, and still -2°C. But the styles can still be receptive - see page 24.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2President's MessageMurray Redpath   3Your letters - animals in organic [...]

206, 2009

TreeCropper 58

June 2nd, 2009|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"] TreeCropper Issue 58 - June 2009 Front cover: Trevor Byron (front), Bruce Christensen (center using draw knife and shaving horse) and Eric Cairns (rear - foot operated lathe) demonstrate green wood-working techniques at NZTCA Conference 2009. Tool, chair, hurdle and trug making were just some of the skills demonstrated. The emphasis was for using local material and improvising on [...]

203, 2009

TreeCropper 57

March 2nd, 2009|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]    TreeCropper Issue 57 - March 2009 Front cover: A banana plant growing in an unheated greenhouse.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2Message from the PresidentMurray Redpath   3Letters to the editor - Politics unavoidable, needless instrumentation, pine nut cracker?   4Conference 2009Kapiti Coast   7Walnut blightNick Nelson Parker   9BananasRoger and Janet Bodle, Sheryn Clothier 14Persimmonsincredible edibles 17Timber for toolsWendy [...]

212, 2008

TreeCropper 56

December 2nd, 2008|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 56 - December 2008 Front cover: Selection of pine cones with edible nuts. Photograph by Eric Cairns.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2Message from the PresidentMurray Redpath   3Letters to the editor - Avocados and browsing, asimoyas, politics, avocado 'Bacon'   5Pine nutsincredible edibles   6Edible pinesLouis Trap, updated by Eric Cairnes 11Dwarfing trees by bark inversionGail Newcomb [...]

309, 2008

TreeCropper 55

September 3rd, 2008|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]     TreeCropper Issue 55 - September 2008 Front cover: The fruit and seeds of a New Zealand-grown asimoya. Photo by Roy Hart. See article on page 20. 1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier 2Message from the PresidentMurray Redpath 3Letters to the editor, Management Committee notes 4Message board - Wanted: Recipes, lawyer, photographs; Bed Swap 5Diana Loader - life membership  6Leaf curl - curesYour suggestions for [...]

306, 2008

TreeCropper 54

June 3rd, 2008|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 54 - June 2008 Front cover: Tropicana, a red-fleshed apple. See page 23 for details. Photograph by Sarah Macmillan.   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2Message from the PresidentMurray Redpath   3Message boardBed Swap, Recipes wanted, Photographs needed, Artist required   4 Letters to the editor    NZTCA Conference 2008:     5 Jenny Lawrence wins Dr Don Mckenzie Award     6 [...]

303, 2008

TreeCropper 53

March 3rd, 2008|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 53 - March 2008  Front and back cover: The Dragon Fruit or pitaya - see story page 14    1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2Message from the presidentJohn Dean   3Message boardConference 2008, Eastwoodhill trip, Bed Swap   4Walnuts - converting to cashby Jenny and Malcolm Lawrence   7Walnuts - today's marketJenny Lawrence   8Phytolacca acinosa - the world's [...]

312, 2007

TreeCropper 52

December 3rd, 2007|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 52 - December 2007 Front cover:Photograph by Stephen Goodenough courtesy of 'A Cracker of a Nut'   1Editor's opinionSheryn Clothier   2Message from the presidentJohn Dean   3Message board    4Inbox    5Cropping carbonSheryn Clothier asks Larry Burrows   8Emissions Trading SchemeWebEd, from MAF information 10Simple beesAlfred Harris, Waikato Branch 13Almond - trial reportAnn Phillips 16Blueberriesincredible [...]

309, 2007

TreeCropper 51

September 3rd, 2007|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 51 - September 2007 Front cover: As seen during an NZTCA 2007 Conference field trip to the West Auckland property of Wade and Jenny Cornell, a banana flower setting fruit. The type of banana is generally called a "sugar-type banana" as compared with the tropical commercial "Cavendish type banana". The variety is either Misi, Luki or [...]

306, 2007

TreeCropper 50

June 3rd, 2007|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 50 - June 2007 Front cover: Peter Robinson walks the Waikato and Thames-Coromandel Branch through his chestnut crop in Hamilton.  2   President's report  3   National Committee  4   Mailbox / Tree Crop Bed Swap  5   Tree crops - back to the future  8   Feijoas 11   Book reviews 12   Chestnuts - [...]

303, 2007

TreeCropper 49

March 3rd, 2007|Categories: TreeCropper|

[expand title="Click to expand/hide cover thumbnails and table of contents -"]   TreeCropper Issue 49 - March 2007 Front cover: The abundant fruit of the attractive mulberry tree are a favourite of NZTCA president John Dean. Find out more on page 26.  1   open opinion guest editorial - Tom Dinning  2   President's report  3   South Island Vice-President's report  4   North Island Vice-President's report  5   Conference [...]

1501, 2004

Branch Innovations Fund

January 15th, 2004|Categories: Crops, Research|Tags: , , |

Research Purpose To encourage branches to establish innovative projects that help foster the objectives of NZTCA To enhance the overall profile of NZTCA as a leader in research and community support To provide funding support for branches wishing to establish projects to support local branches in two principal areas: Research and development. Branch projects may focus on the potential of "new" crops for the region, or on perspectives or issues [...]

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