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Case study – Bernie
Case study – Bernie

Introducing ... Bernie, one of our longest-standing members, and a real inspiration for what can be achieved in a short time with a bit of experience, some knowledge, passion, and a bit of luck! Read the case study in Summer - Week 13.

Case study – Celia
Case study – Celia

Introducing ... Celia, who has ambitious plans to expand the fruit produced on her 7 hectare, steeply sloping property. Read the case study in Spring - Week 13.

Case study – Clare & Win
Case study – Clare & Win

Introducing ... Clare and Win. They are passionate gardeners and keen permaculturalists, and have risen to meet some pretty tough challenges in their lives with grace, dignity, and lots of bloody hard work! We hope you enjoy their story, and [...]

Case study – Jim & Mary
Case study – Jim & Mary

Introducing ... Jim and Mary, who in less than 4 years have transformed an almost empty suburban backyard into a lush and productive edible garden. Read the case study in Winter - Week 13.

Catalogue your fruit trees
Catalogue your fruit trees

Giving each individual fruit tree in your garden an identifying name or number will help you to monitor each tree and track its progress. It will also make doing your Grow Great Fruit homework easier! Read the article in Autumn - Week 6

Catsear
Catsear

Catsear is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns. It’s native to Europe, but is pretty much found all over the world. It can be invasive, but has not been listed as a weed of significance in Australia. Read the article in Su [...]

Cherries: picking care & storage
Cherries: picking care & storage

If you’re lucky enough to have cherry trees, you may be getting very close to harvesting the first of the crop, depending on where you live. At our farm in central Victoria, the earliest varieties are normally picked around the middle of Novem [...]

Cherries: preserving
Cherries: preserving

As with all fruit, cherries are most nutritious if eaten straight away, but there are many different ways of preserving them that also preserve a substantial amount of the nutrients, making it a very worthwhile way of providing nutrition for [...]

Cherry pitting
Cherry pitting

It’s easy to see the beginnings of the modern cherry pitter in this patent, filed in 1901 by Jesse Crandall of Brooklyn, New York, for a combined cherry pitter and fork. Read the article in Summer - Week 11

Chickweed
Chickweed

Chickweed is considered to be one of the ‘alternative’ herbs, which means it acts as a catalyst on the action of other plants. It is an extremely useful plant both for eating and for treating a wide range of conditions. Chooks also love it (an [...]

Chill factor explained
Chill factor explained

Chill factor is something unique to where you live, and describes the number of hours your fruit trees will spend below 7°C each winter. Some fruit trees require either low, medium, or high chill, so it’s good to know the typical chill factor [...]

Choose a good nursery tree
Choose a good nursery tree

When you buy trees from a nursery, days or weeks before you buy them they will have been lifted from the soil in which they grew, and then ‘heeled in’, which means they’ve been stored in sawdust, loose soil or some other medium to stop their r [...]

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