Why am I seeing so many double fruit in my fruit trees this year?

Why am I seeing so many double fruit in my fruit trees this year?

Have you seen any double fruit in your fruit trees this season as you’ve been doing your thinning? It’s quite common to see double fruit (like these cherries above). As you can see in this example, very often both of the fruits that are joined together are...
While you’re thinning, take the time to improve your crop

While you’re thinning, take the time to improve your crop

It’s the right time of year to start thinning your apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. (It’s too early for apples and pears in our part of the world yet). You can read all about the basics of thinning here. It can be hard to figure out how much fruit...
How to Get Started with Fruit Thinning

How to Get Started with Fruit Thinning

Have you heard of fruit thinning but don’t know how (or why) to do it? It’s a simple but important technique to help your fruit trees bear a healthy crop every year.

Practical grafting

Practical grafting

Want to see a couple of practical ways you can use grafting to create, save or improve fruit trees? It’s such a cool way of getting functional fruit trees in your garden for free that we recommend everyone learn it, but sometimes you have to “see it to do...
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...
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...