Your secret weapon against extreme weather

Your secret weapon against extreme weather

In these days of climate variability, farming is becoming increasingly unpredictable. In the last 20 years we’ve had the worst drought, the worst flood and the wettest spring on record! Summers have become searingly hot, with temperature records being broken all...
What are those brown marks on my apples?

What are those brown marks on my apples?

We¬†had a great question from one of our Grow Great Fruit members about what causes russet on apples, which describes both the yellow marks (as you can see on the side of this Cox’s Orange Pippin apple), and the rough brown marks around the stem end of the apple....
Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Fruit damage from birds, bats and possums is high on the list of complaints from home fruit growers. This week we look at various netting options, and how they can protect your crop from most of these problems. The birds left us the stems! The cherry trees we planted...
10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

In the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately, sunburn on fruit is a very real risk. It’s different of course to the type of burn damage trees and fruit suffer in an actual fire (as many parts of Australia are currently experiencing), but if you live...
Soooooo close…

Soooooo close…

For the last 18 months or so we’ve building a new ‘hub’ for our farmers here in the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. This is how the site looked when we began: As soon as we started the co-op on the farm we knew we were going to need more...
Spring has sprung in the patch

Spring has sprung in the patch

Happy change of season and daylight hours out there! Hope this finds you reawakening as one does when the light gets longer and the air begins to blush with warmer winds. The Gung Hoe patch in spring I think the turnover seasons are my favourite on the...