The sharp-toothed Chinese gooseberry is perhaps better known as the "Mini-Kiwi" or "Kiwiberry" and originates from East Asia. It is related to the conventional large-fruited Kiwi. The fruit measure between 2 and 5 cm, depending on variety, and are oval/round and hairless. They can be eaten in their skins, directly from the bush. The taste is pleasantly sweet and aromatic. Depending on the variety, the colour of the fruit varies between green, grey/brown and red. The Mini-Kiwi is also dioecious, which means that male and female plants have to be planted in a ratio of 1:9 in commercial production. The Mini-Kiwi is undemanding with regard to location and is significantly hardier against frost (- 30°!) than its larger-fruited relative.
Professional growers should plant rhubarb in sunny locations. The ideal soil is medium heavy with a high humus and nutrient value, permeable and warms up easily. The pH value should lie between 5.6 and 7.2. The structure and aeration of the soil can be improved by adding compost, which will promote vigour in the plants. Because the volume of the leaves is so large and growth so fast, rhubarb needs a lot of water. Sprinkling during dry spells will promote growth and yield. One plant is usually planted per one square metre .
Figs are associated with the South, heat and dryness. However, these adaptable plants also grow and fruit in our own climate. The critical factor is the choice of variety and location. Figs must be protected from sun and wind at times of frost.
This variety of figs produces rather smaller fruit than Nordland and Contessina, but is just as hardy against winter. Brown Turkey is vigorous and produces a regular yield. The fruit ripen from mid August, are a dark violet colour and extremely tasty .
Lonicera kamtschatica (L. caerulea) is known as Siberian blueberry, honey berry, May berry or Haskap. The bush is deciduous and usually reaches a height of 1 to 1.5m.
The Siberian blueberry is very undemanding with respect to soil conditions and extremely hardy against frost. The yellowy-green flowers appear very early in the year and will even tolerate frosts. The fruit are a frosted blue – similar to blueberries. The fruit is oval to cylinder shaped and varies from variety to variety. These tasty fruit can be eaten raw or processed. They ripen from the end of May.
Two different varieties should be planted together for improved pollination.