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Fruit & Berries

Desert King Fig (Ficus carica)

We stock many varieties of figs, as customers like to experiment and try different things, but the variety Desert King Fig is well known for being the most popular in our area as it is the most reliable. Desert King Figs are green skinned with beautiful rosy-pink flesh and excellent flavour. Desert King is a twice cropping fig, but in this case, it is only the first crop that will most likely develop well in Campbell River. The first crop (the Breba crop) will grow from the branches that grew last summer and ripen in August.

Figs are native to the Mediterranean, southern Asia and Africa so when you are choosing a location for your fig tree, find a very sunny spot; probably the south or west side of your yard with good drainage. Fig trees grow to about fifteen feet tall or more in our area but can be pruned to keep the fruit producing at a lower height. Figs like a pH of 6.0-6.5 so a little bit of lime is beneficial in Campbell River. Figs are an attractive tree with beautifully shaped leaves and are deer resistant. 

Can you image how decadent it would be to be harvesting figs from your garden? 

Popular Fig Varieties:- 

Brown Turkey Fig - Medium to large, brownish-purple skin with pink flesh. 

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Blueberry 'Sweetheart'

March 29, 2017

Brand new and now in stock, Blueberry 'Sweetheart', is a very exciting new blueberry variety as it is the first and only blueberry that produces two crops of blueberries; one in June and another crop in August. Now that's pretty incredible!

 

Sweetheart Blueberries grow four to six feet tall and about three feet wide. The berries are medium-sized, with great flavour. If you are already growing blueberries, Sweetheart produces before your first berries and after your last and extending the harvest time of fresh berries in your gardens is actually, "really terrific".  This blueberry is also claiming to be self-fertile - oh my, it is almost too good to be true!

 

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Growing Great Raspberries

In the Spring of 2012, Nigel and I put in a raspberry patch. We built three raised beds about 3 feet wide by 8 feet long. It was funny at the time because we had worked all day on our little project and round about 4 in the afternoon I went to get us a little refreshment.  When I came back across the lawn I looked out to the 3 beds and suddenly realised that they looked, more than a little, like 3 graves. It was also Easter Weekend.

We had a good laugh over this and chuckled that perhaps we should have taken a step back somewhere in the building process to look at the complete picture. Never mind they look great now and the raised beds are working really well.

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Grow Your Own Super Foods!

You don't have to look far to find someone talking about how healthy fresh fruits and berries are for us.  Casually pass the checkouts of your supermarket and the health and fitness magazine covers are raving about these "Super Foods".  Flicking around the TV or while you are surfing the internet we get the same message; fresh fruits and berries are packed with not just juicy flavour but with vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants that help us be more healthy, fight disease and lose weight.  But come on - we knew this.  Mom was always telling us if we were hungry grab and apple.  She must be giggling now to see these same "super foods" dressed up in their superhero capes! 

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