7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

This week we’re talking about worm farms, and the huge capacity of worms to turn “waste” food into a rich source of nutrients for your fruit trees. It’s the single best thing you can do at home to provide high-quality fertiliser for your fruit...
To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

There are many different approaches to mulch, with some people swearing by it, and others rarely or never using it or recommending it. We tend to be in the latter camp. Our fruit growing study tour of the USA last year got us thinking slightly differently about mulch,...
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...
Creating water security in a changing climate

Creating water security in a changing climate

A year ago we were feeling pretty excited about the new water tank we installed next to our shed as part of the ‘Hub’ infrastructure we built for the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, funded by an Agriculture Victoria’s Food Source grant. We were lucky...
Can you grow your own multigraft fruit tree?

Can you grow your own multigraft fruit tree?

Multigraft fruit trees are kind of awesome. The trees above and below are great examples. Above is a multi-graft pear with both Packham (green leaves) and 20th Century Nashi (red leaves) on the same tree. The one below is an apricot tree with both Katy and Trevatt...
How long is your fruit season?

How long is your fruit season?

One of the questions we were asked recently is “how long can you stretch out your fruit season by planting the right varieties?” Great question! A long season is something we’re constantly testing and aiming for, as it’s one of the best tools...