Fruit and Nuts
Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.
In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.
While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:
tree shape and size
taste, texture and use of fruit
time of harvest season
disease and pest resistance.
Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.
Trees provide great ecological, economic and cultural values.
A Garden with Fruit Trees and Nut Trees is a Fulfilling, Meaningful and Worthy Undertaking.
Fruit and Nut Tree Enthusiasts
Backyard orchardists are generally small-scale agriculturists of rare and exotic fruit and nut trees and/or plants. However, some of their growing methods and innovative practices are uniquely suited to both the small-scale enthusiast and the commercial grower.
Brandy Bush – Grewia flava
Brandy Bush, Grewia flava, also known as Velvet Raisin, is a sort of sprawling multi-stemmed, low growing shrubby, up to 2 m tall, fruit bearing plant, indigenous to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. Bark is dark grey-brown with a smooth finish but young branches grey and hairy. Brandy Bush is similar in descriptor to some of the other raisin bushes.
Grewia flava leaves are alternate, elliptic, up to 7cm long and 2.5 cm wide, greyish green hairy on both surfaces, 3-veined from the almost symmetric base and somewhat coarsely serrated margins. A identifying feature of the leaves is that grow upright or horizontal and do not flag downwards. Flowers are yellow fading to orange-brown and star-shaped, 1.5 cm in diameter, solitary or in few-flowered axillary heads.
Brandy Bush Fruit
Brandy Bush fruit is globose or 2-lobed, about 8 mm in diameter, red-brown when mature and edible. It is traditionally used to brew beer and to flavor alcohol. Fruit is also squashed, soaked for a while in water and consumed as porridge.
Brandy Bush Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is from fresh clean seeds soaked in hot water overnight. Germination is unreliable and takes up to about 24 days to take place. Brandy Bush is a valuable fodder plant for wild life and cattle. It is a tough shrub once established hardy to short frosts and drought resistant. Grewia flava is a member of the family Tiliaceae the genus Grewia.
The principal socio-economic uses of Grewia flava include direct consumption of berries, use of stems for building purposes and trading of berries as a source of income to some people.
Brandy Bush – Grewia flava
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