Fancy a cup of compost tea?

Fancy a cup of compost tea?

We’re always banging on about soil being the foundation of your entire food growing system, and how important it is to be constantly improving it. So one of the common questions we’re asked, is “how?” There are lots of techniques available to...
3 Ways to Improve Your Soil

3 Ways to Improve Your Soil

Do you think about soil much, or is it just something you walk around on, or maybe try to grow something in? If you’re already a keen gardener and have had fruit trees or a vegie patch for a while, you’re probably already aware of how important soil is,...
Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Here’s a question we’re often asked: as the leaves fall off your fruit trees, is it OK to let them rot on the ground, or are you potentially creating a disease problem? There’s often not a simple answer to these questions, and in fact issues like...
Biochar in a bathtub

Biochar in a bathtub

We became big fans of biochar years ago when we went to this workshop. Then we held our own workshop on the farm to learn how to make biochar vessels out of 44 gallon drums. Despite all of that, we’ve never made it ourselves, because it seems like a lot of...
Prepare your soil before you plant trees

Prepare your soil before you plant trees

It’s time to do some soil preparation before you plant your fruit trees. It’s a great idea, if you have time, to plant an autumn green manure crop. This is particularly important if: you have poor soilyou don’t have enough topsoilyou’re...
3 ways to use prunings

3 ways to use prunings

The farm is in full on apricot pruning mode this week, making the most of this stunning, warm autumn weather and enjoying the glorious colours. It’s an absolute joy to be in the garden and hanging out with the trees. If your apricot tree is like the ones on our...