When should you pick your fruit?

One of the biggest mistakes we see people make with their fruit is picking it at the wrong time, usually under-ripe. Peaches that are almost ripe – but not quite! It’s a bit of a tragedy, because fruit tastes SO much better when allowed to fully ripen on...

Which apricots make the most delicious jam?

We get a lot of questions in apricot season about which apricots are best for jam. There are dozens of different varieties of apricot available to grow, so it’s a fair question! Ripe, juicy Moorpark apricots Old Australian favourites include Trevatt and Moorpark...

Apricot bottling and a recipe for berry tarts!

Have you done any fruit bottling this year? Never tried it before? It’s really easy, and a great way to preserve the summer bounty to enjoy through winter. Cutting up apricots for bottling (Photo: Biomi) Our farm is a demonstration of how you can grow and...

Why you should pick up fruit from the ground (yes, all of it!)

One of the easiest—but most important—things you can do to control both pests and diseases in your fruit trees is to pick up all (yes ALL) the fruit that falls during the season. We call this practice “orchard hygiene”. Apricots rotting on the ground under...

Did you get the thinning right?

As we go about picking in the orchard during the apricot season, we see the end result of the thinning that was done a couple of months ago – where it worked, and where it didn’t. Here’s a bunch of apricots that were missed in the thinning, and you...

Prevent brown rot in apricots

It’s not uncommon, particularly after rain, to see some brown rot developing in stone fruit like apricots (you might also see it in peaches and nectarines). Notice how the brown rot often starts around a hole? An apricot with brown rot, and holes caused by...