7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

Hugh with hands full o’wormsPhoto: Biomi’ Photos 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. You may not appreciate just how awesome...
To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

Our fruit growing study tour of the USA got us thinking about mulch, as we saw a number of different approaches to it in our travels. An apple tree mulched with woodchips at the Maine Heritage Orchard Of course it wasn’t hard to find orchards where the weeds...
Fancy a cup of compost tea?

Fancy a cup of compost tea?

Having our morning cuppa – of tea, not compost! 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...
3 Ways to Love Your Soil

3 Ways to Love Your Soil

Do you think about soil much, or is it just something you walk around on, or maybe try to grow something in? Dark, rich, healthy looking soil If you’re a farmer or gardener (as we know many of you are), you’re probably already aware of how important the...
Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Here’s a question we were asked recently: as the leaves fall off your fruit trees, is it OK to let the leaves rot on the ground, or are you potentially creating a disease problem? Autumn apricot leaves on the ground Issues like this are often decided by...
Soil prep before tree planting

Soil prep before tree planting

It’s time to do some soil preparation before you plant your fruit trees. Lush green manure crop 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...
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