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...
Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Five ways to lead an organic lifestyle

Do you like the sound of living an organic lifestyle? For most people, that probably means trying to eat organic food in their diet as much as possible – but it’s expensive, right? And what about when you eat out? Or have a houseful of hungry teenagers? As...
Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

Dieback and cankers on fruit trees

One of the signs you may have Phytophthora, or root rot disease, is the appearance of these summer cankers on your fruit trees. Though the disease comes from the roots, the dieback starts at the top of the tree, and these cankers usually become active during summer. A...
Why are my apples brown inside?

Why are my apples brown inside?

Have you ever gone to pick your beautiful apple crop and found this inside? It’s internal browning, and it’s pretty gross. When it’s this advanced, it makes the apples completely inedible. It’s not that uncommon to see it in apples that are...
When should you pick your fruit?

When should you pick your fruit?

One of the biggest mistakes we see people make with their fruit is picking it at the wrong time, usually under-ripe. Peaches that are almost ripe – but not quite! It’s a bit of a tragedy, because fruit tastes SO much better when allowed to fully ripen on...
4 steps to keep your worms happy in a heatwave

4 steps to keep your worms happy in a heatwave

Do you have a worm farm? Hugh explaining how to care for your worm farm at a workshop Worms are wonderful workers and are the best (and cheapest) way to produce quantities of fabulous organic fertiliser for your trees, but like all workers, they’ll give you...