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...
Is your tree water stressed?

Is your tree water stressed?

How do you know if your trees are moisture stressed? In spring it can be hard to tell, but it’s a crucial time to make sure your trees DON’T dry out, particularly if they’re still flowering. Gala apple blossom Why is it a problem? In spring while the...
Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – pretty yellow flowers, but is it a desirable plant? We’re often asked what we think of capeweed, which is often seen growing in great abundance all over the countryside (and our farm) in spring. If you’ve been following us for a while,...
7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

7 Steps to a Simple Worm Farm

Hugh with hands full o’wormsPhoto: Biomi’ Photos This week we’re talking about worm farms, and the huge capacity of worms to turn “waste” food into a rich source of nutrients for your fruit trees. You may not appreciate just how awesome...
To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

Our fruit growing study tour of the USA got us thinking about mulch, as we saw a number of different approaches to it in our travels. An apple tree mulched with woodchips at the Maine Heritage Orchard Of course it wasn’t hard to find orchards where the weeds...
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