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...
In praise of the apple seedling

In praise of the apple seedling

One of our favourite books from Maine – the apple nerd state If you’ve inherited a garden, or moved into a house with existing fruit trees, there’s a very good chance you won’t know what they are – because it’s a rare homeowner who...
Is Grow Great Fruit Growing?

Is Grow Great Fruit Growing?

This time last year I had just MC’d an event and panel discussion  at an event in Castlemaine where David Holmgren introduced his new book “Retrosuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future″ (you can read the blog here, or check out the Retrosuburbia...
Peaches and cream…

Peaches and cream…

It’s happening! We are expanding our patch from 0.5 acres to 1.5 acres. Eek! We have been growing incrementally by design and out of necessity since we started over four years ago. Starting with 1/8 of an acre and then slowly taking on more land as time, finance...
Providing frost shelter

Providing frost shelter

We’ve written about frost and fruit trees before and noted the importance of providing shelter for some fruit trees in spring, which is the danger time when a heavy frost can damage flowers, tiny fruit, or even drop-bears. Our resident drop-bear on a freezing...
Before you do soil prep…

Before you do soil prep…

Autumn is an excellent time for soil improvement and preparation before we plant fruit trees in winter. Apples close to harvest time in autumn There’s usually enough of a gap between when the harvest of summer fruit has finished (though you may still have apples...
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