Love in the time of COVID-19

Love in the time of COVID-19

Are you stressed? Does that seem like a stupid question, in the current circumstances? Isn’t everyone, all around the world stressed as we sit apparently helplessly being hammered by constant media reports of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire? It’s like the...
Should you prune in summer?

Should you prune in summer?

There’s a lot of confusion about when is the best time to prune fruit trees, but we reckon it’s much easier to approach pruning with the mantra that there’s no “right” or “wrong”, there’s just cuts, and consequences. We...
How to Make Pink Lady Apples Pink

How to Make Pink Lady Apples Pink

Do you grow Pink Lady apples? Ever wondered why sometimes they’re a gorgeous dark pink colour… Beautiful dark pink Pink Lady apples … and sometimes they’re pale? These two examples are both from the same trees at our farm (in different years)....
When should you pick your almonds?

When should you pick your almonds?

Apart from all the fruits that are grown commercially in the orchards on our farm, we also have a pretty big garden, with a wide variety of fruit and nut trees, including 8 almond trees (2 each of 4 different varieties) under net. We’re big fans of nut trees in...
Does fruit love rain?

Does fruit love rain?

As a fruit grower, lying in bed listening to rain on the roof can bring up a wide range of emotions, from joy to despair! In our typical dry summers most people welcome rain when it comes, so it never seems appropriate for us to express concern about the damage it can...
Grafting citrus – ouch!

Grafting citrus – ouch!

With the bark still lifting and the sap still flowing, we have already knocked over all our budding for the season! That must be a first. It feels like we’re always rushing at the wrong end of the season to bud tough old buds to sleepy seedlings that are ready to go...
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