Bacterial canker
Bacterial canker

Bacterial canker is one of many diseases that can cause gummosis in stone fruit trees, particularly apricot, peach, and nectarine. It can be useful to learn the difference between the different causes, to best  target your treatment, though f [...]

Bacterial spot
Bacterial spot

Bacterial spot is reasonably common on plums, less so on apricots, peaches and nectarines. It is more common on susceptible varieties in coastal areas. Read article in Autumn - Week 11

Black spot (Apple scab)
Black spot (Apple scab)

Black spot (also called Apple scab) is a fungal disease of apples and pears which causes small black lesions on fruit and leaves. If the infection is severe, fruit can be badly deformed and unusable. Read article in Autumn - Week 1

Blossom blight
Blossom blight

Blossom blight is one of the main reasons (other than frost) that you may never have picked any apricots from your tree. It’s a fungal disease, and most seasons is preventable by using the right organic fungicide, at the right time. Read arti [...]

Brown rot
Brown rot

Brown rot is one of the most destructive fungal diseases of stone fruit trees, but can be kept under control with good hygiene practices. In late summer it’s very important to make sure there is no fruit left in your peach or nectarine trees a [...]

Brown rot management plan
Brown rot management plan

Brown rot is one of the most common diseases of stone fruit, particularly in climates that have a high rainfall, or in wet seasons. Knowing the conditions that favour disease outbreaks, what it looks like and your main treatment options will h [...]

Different types of organic fungicides
Different types of organic fungicides

While we limit the use of fungicides as much as possible, spraying organic fungicides in spring can make the difference between getting fruit or not getting fruit.

Exploring Black spot
Exploring Black spot

Black spot (also called Apple scab) is a fungal disease of apples and pears which causes small black lesions on fruit and leaves. If the infection is severe, fruit can be badly deformed and unusable. Prevention is easy when you know what to do [...]

Five steps to organic pest & disease control
Five steps to organic pest & disease control

Healthy trees are less prone to attacks by pests and diseases, and prevention is usually easier (and often more effective) than the cure! Read the article in Summer - Week 9

Freckle
Freckle

Yet another fungal disease of stone fruit, freckle doesn’t look great but in all but the worst cases doesn’t affect the fruit under the flesh. Read the article in Spring - Week 5

Gummosis
Gummosis

Gummosis is more of a symptom than a disease, but can give some useful clues as to what’s going on in your fruit trees. It may indicate your tree has a fungal disease, a bacterial disease, a root fungus or has suffered physical or environmenta [...]

Home spray units
Home spray units

Even in an organic garden or orchard, sometimes you need to spray, for both pests and diseases, and also for applying products like compost tea. Having the right equipment for the job not only keeps you safer, but makes the job both more effic [...]