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,...
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...