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Understorey management
Understorey management

Many plants we think of as weeds are also herbs, and contrary to popular belief, are often doing more good than harm - it's understorey management! Read the article in Autumn - Week 2.

Use weeds to fight climate change
Use weeds to fight climate change

Most of us want to grow fruit for the satisfaction of being self sufficient, and providing our families with affordable organic food. Saving money and having fun are the other main reasons we hear that people are passionate about fruit growing [...]

Using fruit tree database
Using fruit tree database

As a Grow Great Fruit member, you have exclusive access to our growing Fruit Tree Database. This is a great tool, which we started for ourselves years ago because it was just what we needed to plan our farm, and it was very hard to get the inf [...]

Using guilds to grow healthy trees
Using guilds to grow healthy trees

Guilds are a collection of plants (and maybe animals) that provide benefits for each other. Guilds cleverly bring together all elements that we normally consider in ecosystem design including plant form, height, diversity, properties and inter [...]

Using swales to control water runoff
Using swales to control water runoff

Every year we all get free water as rainfall, and it makes sense to plan to keep as much of this incredibly valuable resource as possible on the land where it falls. There are two main ways of doing this, by  increasing the capacity of the soi [...]

Using your Fruit Tree Diary
Using your Fruit Tree Diary

Keeping good records is an important part of growing great fruit. This week we’ll go in depth into the Fruit Tree Diary, and learn how and why recording important info about your trees can be helpful. Read the article in Spring - Week 1.

Watering without a drip system
Watering without a drip system

The ideal watering system is one that is low maintenance, delivers water slowly, and once set up, requires very little input from you—hopefully just turning a tap on and off! Unfortunately, most of us have to deal  with much different systems [...]

Weed management with animals
Weed management with animals

Are you wasting energy and fossil fuels mowing the grass, or wasting your time pulling out weeds? Using animals that are designed for the job can save time, money, and energy; keep your carbon footprint  down; and provide many other benefits. [...]

What are our weeds telling us?
What are our weeds telling us?

Lots of weeds act as indicator plants, which means they’re telling us something about the soil they’re growing in – we just have to learn how to look, and listen to their message. We’ve got to learn how to talk  weed! Read the article in Autu [...]

What is allelopathy?
What is allelopathy?

Allelopathy is defined as “the effect of one plant on another through the release of a chemical compound into the environment” – it’s basically chemical warfare between plants! Plants will often produce  herbicides, which suppress the growth o [...]

What is healthy soil?
What is healthy soil?

Fruit trees get their nutrition from the soil. Healthy soil needs to be a happy home for ‘good’ critters—worms are the biggest and most obvious, but there’s thousands of living things in every teaspoon of soil. Healthy soil needs ground cover, [...]

What to look for in spring
What to look for in spring

Observing your garden closely in spring and summer is not only heaps of fun, and constantly intriguing, but also a great planning tool. This month we give you a list of things to be looking out for. Read the article in Spring - Week 11.

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