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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]