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...
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...
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...
Why are my apples brown inside?

Why are my apples brown inside?

Have you ever gone to pick your beautiful apple crop and found this inside? It’s internal browning, and it’s pretty gross. When it’s this advanced, it makes the apples completely inedible. It’s not that uncommon to see it in apples that are...
Your secret weapon against extreme weather

Your secret weapon against extreme weather

In these days of climate variability, farming is becoming increasingly unpredictable. In the last 20 years we’ve had the worst drought, the worst flood and the wettest spring on record! Summers have become searingly hot, with temperature records being broken all...
What are those brown marks on my apples?

What are those brown marks on my apples?

We¬†had a great question from one of our Grow Great Fruit members about what causes russet on apples, which describes both the yellow marks (as you can see on the side of this Cox’s Orange Pippin apple), and the rough brown marks around the stem end of the apple....