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Leaf curl
Leaf curl

Leaf curl is yet another fungal disease that attacks fruit trees, and one of the most annoying. Luckily, it only attacks peaches and nectarines, and is (mostly) preventable - as long as you notice when the buds  start swelling, and get the spr [...]

Leaf virus diseases
Leaf virus diseases

There are many different virus diseases of stone fruit and pome fruit (apple and pear) trees. They can affect fruit (size, shape and quality), but what you’re more likely to notice is the symptoms on the leaves, especially colour patterns and [...]

Management plan for blossom blight
Management plan for blossom blight

Blossom blight is one of the most common reasons that people don’t get apricots on their trees – but most people don’t even know they’ve got it! The keys to control are (i) knowing its life cycle and whether it’s likely to be a problem in your [...]

Managing Bacterial spot
Managing 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 the article in Autumn - Week 11.

Monitoring for budswell to prevent Leaf curl
Monitoring for budswell to prevent Leaf curl

Getting into the habit of using your Fruit Tree Diary will increase your awareness of seasonal changes and triggers, help you get to know your trees, and ultimately make you a better fruit grower! This week it’s time to get ready to monitor an [...]

Pest & disease prevention in spring
Pest & disease prevention in spring

As organic gardeners, we don’t use chemicals to kill pests and diseases, but instead rely on building a healthy, balanced ecosystem in our garden—it’s better for our health, the health of the environment, and it also takes some pressure off ou [...]

Pest and disease control – why organic?
Pest and disease control – why organic?

Most of the chemicals in nonorganic agriculture are used for controlling pests and diseases, and despite the organic sector holding more than 12 million hectares of land in Australia, chemical farming still accounts for more than 99% of the fo [...]

Phytophthora & collar rot
Phytophthora & collar rot

Phytophthora is a pathogenic (disease causing) soil fungus that causes root rot, and collar rot, and can kill fruit trees. It’s favoured by poor conditions, and can be very hard to get rid of once established in the soil. Read the article in [...]

Prune diseased wood while thinning
Prune diseased wood while thinning

Spring is not really the time for pruning but it’s a good idea to keep your secateurs in your pocket while you’re thinning your fruit, and nip off any bits of diseased wood you come across. Read the article in Spring - Week 8.

Recommended organic spray program
Recommended organic spray program

In this article we outline and present in easy-to-read tables the annual organic spray program we recommend for the various different types of fruit-what to spray, and when. It is based on our 20+ years of experience in growing fruit. Read th [...]

Research common pests & diseases in your area
Research common pests & diseases in your area

Our organic pest and disease control strategy is dependent on getting to know your enemy—and the first step is to figure out which of the common pests and diseases are (or are likely to be) a problem at your place. Filling out the tables in t [...]

Shot hole
Shot hole

Shot-hole occurs on all types of summer fruit, but is less severe on plums. It’s a fungal disease (Wilsonomyces carpophilus) and affects leaves, fruit and buds. The disease decreases the efficiency of the tree by decreasing its photosynthetic [...]

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