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Choose the best bird netting system
Choose the best bird netting system

Birds are one of the biggest problems faced by fruit growers - and one of the hardest to deal with! Deterrents may work on some species of birds, but usually not for long. Some of the best ones may even work  for an entire fruit season, but of [...]

Choose the right compost system
Choose the right compost system

Do you make your own compost? If not, what are the limiting factors...lack of space, knowledge, time, experience or materials? With a little planning, it’s possible to come up with a system that suits every garden and gardener. Read the artic [...]

Cleaning out the pantry
Cleaning out the pantry

Spring is a great time to clean out your pantry, in preparation for the coming fruit season. Doing a bit of a stock take and audit will give you some good feedback about... Read article in: Spring Week 7

Cleavers
Cleavers

You can tell from the many common names for this plant — burrweed, catchweed, goosegrass, stickywilly, Velcro plant, gripgrass and everlasting friendship — that it’s very sticky! The stems are covered by small backward pointing hooklike hairs [...]

Cleft grafting
Cleft grafting

The grafting method you choose depends on the size of the rootstock tree you’re grafting onto. This article looks at cleft grafting, which is perfect for larger rootstocks, or when you have a mismatch between the size of your rootstock, and t [...]

Codling moth
Codling moth

The classic “grub” in apples, codling moth larvae, is one of the most common and destructive pests of apples around the world. By understanding its life cycle, monitoring, and treating it with vigilance throughout the season, it’s possible to [...]

Codling moth management plan
Codling moth management plan

Codling moth is one of the most pervasive and destructive pests of apples and pears. The keys to control are (i) knowing its life cycle and whether it’s likely to be a problem in your district, (ii) monitoring, and (iii) having a treatment pla [...]

Compost tea
Compost tea

Compost tea is a great way to build your soil, making a small amount of compost or worm castings go a long way by rapidly multiplying the number of available microbes—it’s science in a bucket, but way more fun than you had in the school scienc [...]

Creating microclimates
Creating microclimates

Establishing healthy fruit trees, and learning how to grow fruit successfully, doesn’t happen overnight. Because we’re dealing with slow-growing, perennial plants, it can take years to get your fruit trees to be really productive, particularly [...]

Cumquat marmalade
Cumquat marmalade

Because there's no shortage of cumquats in winter, we thought we'd share an oldie but a goodie - cumquat marmalade, with the added bonus of Our Special Tip for Easy Cumquat Preparation! Read article in: Winter week 10

Develop aphid management plan
Develop aphid management plan

Aphids are one of the most common pests of fruit trees, and one of the easiest to control, but it pays to have a plan in place. Fill in the table in the interactive PDF to build a picture of whether you have an aphid problem at your p;ace, and [...]

Diagnosing nutrient issues
Diagnosing nutrient issues

Nutrient deficiencies can be hard to diagnose, but symptoms generally follow recognisable patterns. Luckily, the solution to almost all nutrition problems is the same - build healthy soil. Read the article in Summer - Week 1

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