Using biochar to improve your soil

Using biochar to improve your soil

Biochar is one of the most useful soil additives you can use, and while you can add it any time of year (like compost), autumn is a great time to do it before your trees go to sleep in winter, to boost the organic matter in your soil and provide more habitat to help...
How to prepare your fruit trees for winter

How to prepare your fruit trees for winter

This week, we’re noticing that the leaves are just starting to change colour on some of the fruit trees at our place, so we’re focusing on things you can do in the garden to help your fruit trees get ready for winter. The farm’s starting to get that...
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...
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...
Control your weeds…or not?

Control your weeds…or not?

We love weeds! A lovely mixed patch of weeds Weeds, or understorey plants as we prefer to call them, provide lots of environmental benefits: they shade the ground, provide habitat and food for the bees and soil microbes that are so important for fertility for our...
To fertilise or not to fertilise?

To fertilise or not to fertilise?

Crabapple flowers and leaves in spring When your fruit trees start to flower, and produce leaves and then fruit in early spring, they’re using nutrients they stored away in their buds and bark back last autumn. But it’s a pretty limited supply, and as soon...
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