Are insects in fruit trees a good thing?

Are insects in fruit trees a good thing?

Trying to remove insects from your fruit tree can be frustrating, expensive, and impossible. The Grow Great Fruit targeted intervention approach works much better.

Fear and suspicion of insects

Almost every week, one of our Grow Great Fruit members gets in touch saying something along the lines of “help, there’s a bug on my fruit tree!” Back before we were certified organic we took a different approach to insects, treating them mostly with...

How to Grow Pears

We love pears. They’re a much maligned type of fruit, probably because it’s so hard to buy good, ripe pears, but we reckon they’re a top tree in the garden, and pretty easy to grow organically.¬†Here’s our top 10 reasons why you need a pear tree...

Insects in fruit trees – friends or foes?

One of the joys (and constant distractions) of working outside in the orchard are all the fascinating insects that live in our fruit trees. It might be our work space, but it’s their home. Our journey into organic farming has revealed a rich and incredibly...

Why certified organic? Becoming an organic farmer, part 2

In the first post in this series¬† “How to become an organic farmer, part one…” we told you about the beginnings of our journey from being chemical farmers right through to becoming certified organic. Having just had our annual audit, we thought it...

Bugs on fruit trees

In an organic orchard, having lots of bugs and spiders around is a great sign that you’re doing something right. Here’s a few photos of some of the myriad species we find in our orchards. Traditionally, bugs on fruit trees have a bad name, because they...