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Plan, prepare then plant | In Fiona’s Garden | The Land



A FORECAST of early fog and frost on the tablelands was a handy reminder to cover my dwarf Meyer lemon tree.

The Meyer is the most frost tolerant of all lemons, but with a young tree you don’t like taking chances.

The lemon is part of a small orchard we planted last winter.

We’d long wanted a proper orchard and lockdown gave us time to plan, prepare the ground and plant.

The best piece of advice I was given right at the get-go was to order trees on dwarf rootstock, as they are far easier to prune and harvest than bigger trees.

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