Why am I seeing so many double fruit in my fruit trees this year?

Why am I seeing so many double fruit in my fruit trees this year?

Have you seen any double fruit in your fruit trees this season as you’ve been doing your thinning? It’s quite common to see double fruit (like these cherries above). As you can see in this example, very often both of the fruits that are joined together are...
While you’re thinning, take the time to improve your crop

While you’re thinning, take the time to improve your crop

It’s the right time of year to start thinning your apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. (It’s too early for apples and pears in our part of the world yet). You can read all about the basics of thinning here. It can be hard to figure out how much fruit...
Earwigs – friends or foes?

Earwigs – friends or foes?

This week we’re talking about earwigs – should we hate them, or love them? On the one hand we appreciate all creatures as having a rightful place in the thriving ecosystem of our garden, but on the other hand, they can do an awful lot of damage to our...
Keys to Preventing Leaf Curl

Keys to Preventing Leaf Curl

Leaf curl is a nasty fungal disease that affects peaches and nectarines, but it’s often confused for other things (well, other things are sometimes mis-labelled as Leaf curl). There are other things (both pests and diseases) that can make leaves curl in other...
How to avoid leaf curl by watching for spring

How to avoid leaf curl by watching for spring

At the beginning of July, it always seems to early to start thinking about spring… and yet … these buds on our Anzac peach tree are definitely starting to swell. Anzacs are a great ‘indicator’ variety for us, because they’re one of the...