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Apricots: picking, care & storage
Apricots: picking, care & storage

One of the biggest challenges when picking any fruit, is choosing the right stage of ripeness. This will depend to some extent on what you plan to do with it and how long you want it to last off the tree, but there are a few guiding principles [...]

Become a no-waste warrior
Become a no-waste warrior

Did you know that about one-third of the food that’s produced worldwide is wasted? Shocked? We were, when we discovered the facts behind the massive problem of global food waste. In this article we give you some great tips on how to make the m [...]

Cherries: picking care & storage
Cherries: picking care & storage

If you’re lucky enough to have cherry trees, you may be getting very close to harvesting the first of the crop, depending on where you live. At our farm in central Victoria, the earliest varieties are normally picked around the middle of Novem [...]

Early apple storage
Early apple storage

Apples have been grown for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and have long been valued as a source of nutrition and vitamins in winter. These days we can eat apples all year due to storage in coolstores using modern technology...but how wer [...]

Peaches & nectarines: picking care and storage
Peaches & nectarines: picking care and storage

It’s a waste to pick peaches and nectarines before they are ready, because flavour and size both improve dramatically in the last week of ripening. Once picked, storing your fruit correctly will let you enjoy it, in good condition, for much lo [...]

Plums: picking care & storage
Plums: picking care & storage

Plums are a wonderful, resilient fruit, that can usually handle rougher treatment, and will be more likely to ripen off the tree if picked too early, than many other fruit. Having said that, it’s still worth trying to get the picking times ri [...]

When should I pick my apples?
When should I pick my apples?

It can be difficult knowing the right time to pick apples—and you can’t just rely on the colour of the skin! Here’s a few simple tests you can do at home to determine ripeness before you pick. Read the article in Autumn - Week 1.

When should I pick my pears?
When should I pick my pears?

Unlike other deciduous fruit, most pear varieties (except some of the early season ones) won’t ripen properly on the tree, but need cold storage for a period of 2–6 weeks, followed by a period of ripening out of the fridge. Pears ripen from th [...]

When to pick quinces
When to pick quinces

There are about 15 different varieties of quince commonly grown and sold, but the two that are most commonly found in backyards are the large yellow pineapple quince, and the smaller, greener Smyrna variety. Quinces are an easy fruit tree to c [...]