Grafting citrus – ouch!

Grafting citrus – ouch!

With the bark still lifting and the sap still flowing, we have already knocked over all our budding for the season! That must be a first. It feels like we’re always rushing at the wrong end of the season to bud tough old buds to sleepy seedlings that are ready to go...
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...
Success in the nursery

Success in the nursery

It’s so nice when things work as they’re supposed to! A successful grafted cherry tree in the nursery The grafting in Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery finished a few weeks ago, and now we can see whether it worked or not. Excitingly, most of them...
How do you plant a green manure?

How do you plant a green manure?

We talk about green manures and how important they are for the soil all the time, but the logistics of getting the seed into the ground can be daunting, especially on a large scale, so we decided to share how we did it this week in the nursery. The fallow nursery...
Harvesting  rootstock trees

Harvesting rootstock trees

Back in August 2018 we tried an experiment to grow our own rootstock trees, in a technique called a stool bed, and the results are out – we’ve just done our first harvest! Merv harvesting apple trees from Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery stool bed...
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 well as teaching other people how to do it, which is lots of fun. Pear seed ready to be planted to grow rootstock tree Some trees are grown from cuttings (e.g., plums) and some...
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