Four reasons for yellow leaves on fruit trees

Four reasons for yellow leaves on fruit trees

Welcome to autumn! It's pleasant enjoying the cool, crisp mornings, there's a definite shift in the air, and we've even been enjoying some rain. Even if it still feels quite summery at your place, you can expect to start seeing some typical autumn features in your...

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Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

If you still have fruit on your trees this summer, you may have seen this type of damage on it. It's caused by grasshoppers (or more unusually, locusts), which can become quite a problem from about mid-summer onward. A locust on the window of our packing shed They can...

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Are heritage nectarines worth the bother?

Are heritage nectarines worth the bother?

Have you grown any nectarines that look like this? This is the Goldmine nectarine, and sadly, they tend to do this when they get a drop of rain, if the weather conditions don't suit them perfectly, or when you look at them the wrong way! Heritage varieties often have...

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How to grow organic berries

How to grow organic berries

We had the pleasure a while ago of visiting Sunny Creek Organic berry farm in Gippsland, and spent a happy afternoon touring the farm and picking berry farmer Phil's brain. Not that we're planning to start a berry farm! But we've grown raspberries before and know what...

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Noticed any brown rot this summer?

Noticed any brown rot this summer?

One of the diseases it's important to monitor at this time of the year is Brown rot. In our part of the world (in southern Australia), our typically hot, dry conditions don't usually favour the disease, but the recent rainy weather has meant that Ant has ended up with...

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Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

We want to talk about Leaf curl. It's a common fungal disease of peach and nectarine trees (if you have leaves curling in other types of trees it's caused by something else). It may seem strange to be talking about it so late in summer, as it's a disease that shows up...

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Can broken branches be mended?

Can broken branches be mended?

In our long career as fruit growers, we've frequently made mistakes in our fruit trees—just so we can demonstrate the theory of course! The broken branch in this Granny Smith apple tree is a case in point, or this broken branch of peaches... Peach tree with broken...

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Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Do you like the sound of living an organic lifestyle? For most people, that probably means trying to eat organic food in their diet as much as possible - but it's expensive, right? And what about when you eat out? Or have a houseful of hungry teenagers? As the parents...

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Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

One of the signs you may have Phytophthora, or root rot disease, is the appearance of these summer cankers on your fruit trees. Though the disease comes from the roots, the dieback starts at the top of the tree, and these cankers usually become active during summer. A...

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Do wind and fruit go together?

Do wind and fruit go together?

We've had some mighty winds over the fruit season. We live in a very windy spot here on Mount Alexander - it can often be completely still in the valley below us, but blowing a gale up here on the farm.  Wind has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to fruit...

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3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

Do you know how to graft? Have you tried, but had mixed success? It's not hard, but has lots of aspects to it, and is one of those skills (like pruning) that needs practice to cement the theory. We love it when people who have been to our workshops get back to us to...

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Why are my apples brown inside?

Why are my apples brown inside?

Have you ever gone to pick your beautiful apple crop and found this inside? It's internal browning, and it's pretty gross. When it's this advanced, it makes the apples completely inedible. It's not that uncommon to see it in apples that are picked too ripe or stored...

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