Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

We want to talk about Leaf curl. It’s a common fungal disease of peach and nectarine trees (if you have leaves curling in other types of trees it’s caused by something else). It may seem strange to be talking about it so late in summer, as it’s a...
Can broken branches be mended?

Can broken branches be mended?

In our long career as fruit growers, we’ve frequently made mistakes in our fruit trees—just so we can demonstrate the theory of course! The broken branch in this Granny Smith apple tree is a case in point, or this broken branch of peaches… Peach tree with...
Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Do you like the sound of living an organic lifestyle? For most people, that probably means trying to eat organic food in their diet as much as possible – but it’s expensive, right? And what about when you eat out? Or have a houseful of hungry teenagers? As...
Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

One of the signs you may have Phytophthora, or root rot disease, is the appearance of these summer cankers on your fruit trees. Though the disease comes from the roots, the dieback starts at the top of the tree, and these cankers usually become active during summer. A...
Do wind and fruit go together?

Do wind and fruit go together?

We’ve had some mighty winds over the fruit season. We live in a very windy spot here on Mount Alexander – it can often be completely still in the valley below us, but blowing a gale up here on the farm.  Wind has a bit of a bad reputation when it...
3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

3 steps to a new tree with bud grafting

Do you know how to graft? Have you tried, but had mixed success? It’s not hard, but has lots of aspects to it, and is one of those skills (like pruning) that needs practice to cement the theory. We love it when people who have been to our workshops get back to...