Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – love it or hate it?

We’re often asked what we think of capeweed, which can be seen growing in great abundance all over the countryside (and our farm) at this time of year in spring. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know we’re generally big fans of...
7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

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. It’s the single best thing you can do at home to provide high-quality fertiliser for your fruit...
To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

There are many different approaches to mulch, with some people swearing by it, and others rarely or never using it or recommending it. We tend to be in the latter camp. Our fruit growing study tour of the USA last year got us thinking slightly differently about mulch,...
Animals and fruit trees

Animals and fruit trees

Do you have animals around your fruit trees? We’d never grazed animals in the orchard before (apart from the ones we don’t want, like kangaroos, rabbits and hares), until Tess Sellar joined us here at the farm and brought her lovely dairy cows. Tess and...
How to Plant a Fruit Tree

How to Plant a Fruit Tree

It’s nitty gritty time! Time to get on the end of a shovel, dig a hole, and plant your fruit tree. We often see fruit trees tied to elaborate staking arrangements, but if you plant them the right way, there’s no need for stakes at all, your tree should be...