Love in the time of COVID-19

Love in the time of COVID-19

Are you stressed? Does that seem like a stupid question, in the current circumstances? Isn’t everyone, all around the world stressed as we sit apparently helplessly being hammered by constant media reports of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire? It’s like the...
Does fruit love rain?

Does fruit love rain?

As a fruit grower, lying in bed listening to rain on the roof can bring up a wide range of emotions, from joy to despair! In our typical dry summers most people welcome rain when it comes, so it never seems appropriate for us to express concern about the damage it can...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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