Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Waitati Edible Gardeners (column)

By Jason Ross

Waitati Open Orchard (WOO)

Waitati Open Orchardists are an amiable group of folk on a mission to
plant fruit trees in public spaces around Waitati for all to enjoy.
Email waitatiopenorchard@gmail to join our mailing list.

Fruit season is pretty much finished with the Sturmer apples just
picked. If anyone has Granny Smith apples still on the tree, they
await their destiny as winter crumble.

Tree planting season approaches! We are eagerly planning what trees to
plant this year in the 'patches' that we looked at on our wander
earlier this year. So far these are: Waitati School, Orokonui Rd, Top
of View St and McLachlan Street verge.

We are looking for more patches, these may be mown street verges where
a few trees could be put in. Would you like some fruit trees out the
front of your house? Contact us, and if the spot is suitable and we
have enough trees we may be able to supply the trees and plant them;
you could adopt the trees or just keep up the mowing and we will care
for the trees. All trees planted by WOO are for anyone in Waitati to
harvest from. There are many examples of street-side tree planting
already in Waitati, Erne St is a good example, trees beautify our
village, why not make them edible too?

We have just received funding through the Blueskin Resilient
Communities Trust to support our work. Thanks to them and also for
your contributions to our fundraising, we plan to plant 30+ trees this
year and run a couple of free workshops.

WOO (and related) events
Dates and times are to be confirmed. Please contact me for more details:

Working bee at the Orokonui Rd patch: clearing grass, vines etc for
planting. Probably 10 July.

Tree Crops Association Cultivar Preservation Orchard work bee. Weeding
and pruning, perhaps. This amazing collection of around 300 varieties
of apples on Mt Cargill Rd is a must-see.

How to plant a fruit or nut tree workshop. Including soil feeding and
first pruning. Probably 24 July at a patch near you.

Grafting workshop. Free learn to graft workshop. Rootstock and
grafting wood for sale on the day, pre-order to ensure you get some.
Apples and plums. Probably 28 August somewhere in Waitati.

Waitati Open Orchards, Jason Ross, 482 2625, Waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com

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