Taming the monster

Taming the monster

Moving into a new property with existing fruit trees can be very exciting, with the promise of ready-made fruit harvests outside the back door without having to plant trees and wait years for them to mature. The reality is often quite different, as it often turns out...

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Fruit trees, animals, and electric netting

Fruit trees, animals, and electric netting

Animals and fruit trees are a natural partnership - after all, they evolved together, so it makes sense they work well together, as we've spoken about in this blog recently. It proved to be such a popular topic that we're revisiting it this week. One of our organic...

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Should I prune my fruit tree in spring?

Should I prune my fruit tree in spring?

As we're coming out of winter and spring has clearly started, many of us have fruit trees that are no longer dormant, and are either at budswell stage, or have even started flowering or producing leaves. If you haven't yet pruned these trees (which would usually be...

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Spring miracles

Spring miracles

Here we are again at the beginning of spring, and the ever-repeating miracle is about to unfold before your very eyes! We spend most of our time being serious business people, but it's hard not to be excited at this time of year, as well as a little nervous because...

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Earwigs – friends or foes?

Earwigs – friends or foes?

This week we're talking about earwigs - should we hate them, or love them? On the one hand we appreciate all creatures as having a rightful place in the thriving ecosystem of our garden, but on the other hand, they can do an awful lot of damage to our precious fruit!...

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Animals and fruit trees

Animals and fruit trees

Do you have animals around your fruit trees? We'd never grazed animals in the orchard before (apart from the ones we don't want, like kangaroos, rabbits and hares), until Tess Sellar joined us here at the farm and brought her lovely dairy cows. Tess and Ant (who now...

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The good work of becoming a fruit tree parent

The good work of becoming a fruit tree parent

Throughout July we've had people picking up their pre-ordered trees from Carr's Organic Fruit Tree Nursery (we closed on Sunday), and plenty of people picked up an extra tree or two while they were here! The days have been full of conversations about people's plans...

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What broke my fruit tree?

What broke my fruit tree?

As spring slowly comes our way, we thought it a good time of year to bring you a series of pest and disease management tips. This week we're focusing on identifying the damage that big pests like kangaroos, wallabies, deer, rabbits and hares cause, because they often...

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5 ways to prevent large animals damaging your fruit trees

5 ways to prevent large animals damaging your fruit trees

We've written in this blog how to identify which animals might be causing damage to your fruit trees, but it's also important to think about strategies for preventing the damage. In the case of big animals, it's usually a case of protecting the trees using either tree...

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Keys to Preventing Leaf Curl

Leaf curl is a nasty fungal disease that affects peaches and nectarines, but it's often confused for other things (well, other things are sometimes mis-labelled as Leaf curl). Here's what it looks like: A peach tree with the classic red leaves of Leaf...

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Growing Your Own Fruit Trees From Seed

Growing Your Own Fruit Trees From Seed

One of the interesting things we do here at the farm is grow fruit trees from scratch (as part of our other business—Carr's Organic Fruit Tree Nursery), as well as teaching other people how to do it, which is lots of fun. Pear seed ready to be planted to grow...

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How to avoid leaf curl by watching for spring

How to avoid leaf curl by watching for spring

At the beginning of July, it always seems to early to start thinking about spring... and yet ... these buds on our Anzac peach tree are definitely starting to swell. Anzacs are a great 'indicator' variety for us, because they're one of the early varieties to show...

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