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Different types of organic fungicides
Different types of organic fungicides

While we limit the use of fungicides as much as possible, spraying organic fungicides in spring can make the difference between getting fruit or not getting fruit.

Do a worm survey of your garden
Do a worm survey of your garden

Earthworms are extremely important and play a vital role in recycling plant nutrients and aerating the soil—they’re the “superheroes” of the soil. By doing a survey of your soil, you’ll help improve your knowledge of earthworms and the soils t [...]

Drying fruit
Drying fruit

Don't expect home-dried fruit to look like the store-bought stuff, and when you have a look at what's in the bought stuff, you'll probably agree that's a good thing! Read article in: Summer week 4

Early apple storage
Early apple storage

Apples have been grown for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and have long been valued as a source of nutrition and vitamins in winter. These days we can eat apples all year due to storage in coolstores using modern technology...but how wer [...]

Earwigs and garden weevils
Earwigs and garden weevils

Earwigs and garden weevils are quite different groups of insects, but are pests in your fruit trees in very similar ways. Both climb up your fruit trees and then live in them where they are active at night, and eat young shoots, leaves and wor [...]

Eat organic plums all year
Eat organic plums all year

Plums are a wonderful fruit for preserving because they lend themselves to such a wide variety of methods: bottling, brandied, jam, dried, fruit leather, pickled, chutney, frozen, or plum wine. Fruit preserving will always cause some loss of n [...]

Eight key watering principles
Eight key watering principles

One of the things we know all about as fruit growers is the variability of our climate; no matter where you live, each growing season you’ve got a good chance of experiencing an extreme condition like flood, drought, fire or heatwave. This mea [...]

Establishment pruning
Establishment pruning

Pruning young trees into the right shape when you plant them is super important, as it sets the tree up correctly for the rest of its life. The shape you choose will depend on your purpose for the tree, but once you have decided what shape you [...]

Exploring Black spot
Exploring Black spot

Black spot (also called Apple scab) is a fungal disease of apples and pears which causes small black lesions on fruit and leaves. If the infection is severe, fruit can be badly deformed and unusable. Prevention is easy when you know what to do [...]

Fat hen
Fat hen

A small, upright herb that can grow up to 3 m high, but rarely gets above about 1m. The stems are ribbed and often tinged with purple or red. It has large silvery-green alternate leaves from 2-8 cm long and from 0.5-5 cm wide with toothed marg [...]

Feeding your trees in autumn
Feeding your trees in autumn

In autumn fruit trees start to shut down before becoming dormant in winter, but before then, the tree needs to store reserves of carbohydrates and nutrients in the flower buds to use next spring. The tree needs a lot of energy to produce flowe [...]

Five steps to organic pest & disease control
Five steps to organic pest & disease control

Healthy trees are less prone to attacks by pests and diseases, and prevention is usually easier (and often more effective) than the cure! Read the article in Summer - Week 9

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