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Orchard maintenance
Orchard maintenance

Orchard maintenance is just a grand way of describing the practice of keeping the area in and around your fruit trees clean, and free of disease producing conditions. It’s NOT about creating a manicured garden, because at the same time it’s a [...]

Planning your home orchard
Planning your home orchard

Summer is a great chance to notice whether your fruit trees are meeting your needs...maybe you want to produce a year’s supply of fruit for your family, provide shade for the kids play area, screen the yard from the neighbours, or ensure a ple [...]

Pollination in your home orchard
Pollination in your home orchard

Fruit trees produce fruit as a result of sexual reproduction, which means that the female parts of a flower have to be fertilised with the male pollen, usually from a different plant. For many fruit trees the pollen needs to come from a diffe [...]

Recording when your fruit trees flower
Recording when your fruit trees flower

Knowing when your trees flower, and observing how well they flower, how long the blossom period lasts, and whether the flowers are affected by anything (e.g., rain, frost, hail, disease or wind) is a crucial step in becoming a good garden dete [...]

Summer tree review
Summer tree review

Noticing how your fruit trees have performed this summer will give you vital information to guide which trees need more work. Read the article in Summer - Week 12.

Understanding pollination
Understanding pollination

Fruit trees produce fruit as a result of sexual reproduction, which means that the female parts of a flower have to be fertilised with the male pollen, usually from a different plant. For many fruit trees the pollen needs to come from a differ [...]

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 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.

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.

Work out your chill factor
Work out your chill factor

Chill factor is unique to where you live, and simply describes the number of hours your fruit trees are likely to spend below 7˚C each winter. It’s definitely worth working out the chill factor at your place, because  in order to get good frui [...]

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