Puhoi Heritage Fruit and Nut Trees and Vegetable Library
May I introduce myself, Puhoi residents. My name is Julie-Anna Child and we live at the end of Green Hollows Rd. I’m an Agriculture New Zealand Go Organics student. Our group completes Level 3 qualifications this year and meets every Thursday at the Puhoi Hall. It has turned out to be a fabulous science based course. I’m hoping to set up a ‘library’ of local heritage fruit and nut trees and vegetables on an acre of North East facing hillside on our land.
Plants that have acclimatised to local conditions are a rare treasure in comparison to the plants we buy at nurseries which have often been grown in a completely different part of the country. These shop bought plants don’t always thrive in the soils and climate particular to our area. I have seen many lovely old fruiting trees by the roadside. Sometimes our local trees eventually disappear and I would like to grow examples to try to preserve some.
If you have a special fruit or nut tree or vegetable plant on your property you may be willing to give me a scion (a branch cutting i can graft onto root stock) a root or seeds. If so please email or call me. Cuttings need to be taken in late June – early July (and stored in a plastic bag with a moist tissue around the cut until they are grafted).
Better still you might allow me to do an ‘air graft’ on your tree this July and then come back in Spring to take the grafted sapling away. I would be delighted to do two air grafts, one for you and one for me, that way you will also have a second young tree to plant . An air graft entails semi-cutting a branch, wrapping soil around the cut and then sealing this in plastic. This allows a food supply to the new tree and roots grow in the sealed soil. In 3 months time you cut the young sapling tree off the parent tree and plant it .
Obviously I would like to make the process as easy as possible for you. If you would prefer to post me branch cuttings in July or seeds any time just let me know your address and I will send you a stamped addressed A4 size envelope. If you would prefer me to collect cuttings and seeds or do airgrafts let me know. If any case please let me know your contact details, the cuttings/seeds story, the possible age of the tree, who planted it, what the fruit tastes like and is used for and what variety they might be. Delicious or medicinal fruit nuts and vegetables are obviously favoured. I plan to share future scions and seeds freely with interested locals so let me know if you would like to be included.
Julie-Anna Child 021 373910 09 441 4941
mailing address: Julie-Anna Child and John Savage, Kauri Ridge, 152B Green Hollows Rd, RD1 Silverdale, 0994 Auckland.