What are those brown marks on my apples?

What are those brown marks on my apples?

We had a great question from one of our Grow Great Fruit members about what causes russet on apples, which describes both the yellow marks (as you can see on the side of this Cox’s Orange Pippin apple), and the rough brown marks around the stem end of the apple....
Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Fruit damage from birds, bats and possums is high on the list of complaints from home fruit growers. This week we look at various netting options, and how they can protect your crop from most of these problems. The birds left us the stems! The cherry trees we planted...
Making something from nothing in permaculture

Making something from nothing in permaculture

The concept of “no waste” is one of the permaculture principles that makes the most sense to us, because it’s how we’ve always tended to live on the farm. Wasting as little as possible seems obvious to us (and probably to you, too), so...
10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

In the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately, sunburn on fruit is a very real risk. It’s different of course to the type of burn damage trees and fruit suffer in an actual fire (as many parts of Australia are currently experiencing), but if you live...
When should you pick your fruit?

When should you pick your fruit?

One of the biggest mistakes we see people make with their fruit is picking it at the wrong time, usually under-ripe. Peaches that are almost ripe – but not quite! It’s a bit of a tragedy, because fruit tastes SO much better when allowed to fully ripen on...
Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

The Rutherglen bugs are back—have you seen them on your fruit? Rutherglen bugs covering a nectarine A few years ago we (and everyone else trying to grow fruit on the east coast of Australia) had a plague of these tiny bugs, but we’ve seen very few since then....