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...
Noticed any brown rot this summer?

Noticed any brown rot this summer?

One of the diseases it’s important to monitor at this time of the year is Brown rot. In our part of the world (in southern Australia), our typically hot, dry conditions don’t usually favour the disease, but the recent rainy weather has meant that Ant has...
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...
Do wind and fruit go together?

Do wind and fruit go together?

We’ve had some mighty winds over the fruit season. We live in a very windy spot here on Mount Alexander – it can often be completely still in the valley below us, but blowing a gale up here on the farm.  Wind has a bit of a bad reputation when it...
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...
Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

Top 4 tips for getting rid of tiny bugs

The Rutherglen bugs are backā€”have you seen them on your fruit? Rutherglen bugs covering a nectarine A few years ago we (and everyone else trying to grow fruit on the east coast of Australia) had a plague of these tiny bugs, but we’ve seen very few since then....
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