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...
Planning for productivity

Planning for productivity

Autumn is a great time to review the process for planning your home garden to get maximum productivity over as long a period as possible. We harvest fresh fruit from our orchard for 6 months (from late spring to late autumn), and it’s easy to replicate this at...
Four reasons for yellow leaves on fruit trees

Four reasons for yellow leaves on fruit trees

Welcome to autumn! It’s pleasant enjoying the cool, crisp mornings, there’s a definite shift in the air, and we’ve even been enjoying some rain. Even if it still feels quite summery at your place, you can expect to start seeing some typical autumn...
Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

Could grasshoppers be eating your fruit?

If you still have fruit on your trees this summer, you may have seen this type of damage on it. It’s caused by grasshoppers (or more unusually, locusts), which can become quite a problem from about mid-summer onward. A locust on the window of our packing shed...
Are heritage nectarines worth the bother?

Are heritage nectarines worth the bother?

Have you grown any nectarines that look like this? This is the Goldmine nectarine, and sadly, they tend to do this when they get a drop of rain, if the weather conditions don’t suit them perfectly, or when you look at them the wrong way! Heritage varieties often...
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...
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