Can you grow your own multigraft fruit tree?

Can you grow your own multigraft fruit tree?

Multigraft fruit trees are kind of awesome. The trees above and below are great examples. Above is a multi-graft pear with both Packham (green leaves) and 20th Century Nashi (red leaves) on the same tree. The one below is an apricot tree with both Katy and Trevatt...
How long is your fruit season?

How long is your fruit season?

One of the questions we were asked recently is “how long can you stretch out your fruit season by planting the right varieties?” Great question! A long season is something we’re constantly testing and aiming for, as it’s one of the best tools...
Does fruit love rain?

Does fruit love rain?

As a fruit grower, lying in bed listening to rain on the roof can bring up a wide range of emotions, from joy to despair! In our typical dry summers most people welcome rain when it comes, so it never seems appropriate for us to express concern about the damage it can...
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...

There’s slugs on my fruit trees!

Have you seen these critters on your fruit trees? Pear and cherry slug These are pear and cherry slugs, and as you can see, they eat the leaves on pear and cherry trees. The first question to ask yourself when you see these creepy looking slugs (as with all pests and...

What do you think of pears?

Do you have a pear tree in your garden? Are you interested in growing them? A beautiful Winter Cole pear We’re on a bit of a mission here at the farm to bring pears back into fashion, because when you get them right, they’re really delicious. They also...