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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]