To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

There are many different approaches to mulch, with some people swearing by it, and others rarely or never using it or recommending it. We tend to be in the latter camp. Our fruit growing study tour of the USA last year got us thinking slightly differently about mulch,...
Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Fruit tree leaves: bonus or problem?

Here’s a question we’re often asked: as the leaves fall off your fruit trees, is it OK to let them rot on the ground, or are you potentially creating a disease problem? There’s often not a simple answer to these questions, and in fact issues like...
9 Step Process for Preserving Fruit

9 Step Process for Preserving Fruit

Before the days of refrigeration and a supermarket on every corner, preserving fruit (and other food) was a matter of necessity. Knowing and using lots of different methods of storing those essential nutrients to see us through winter was second nature, particularly...
How to Provide Frost Shelter for Fruit Trees

How to Provide Frost Shelter for Fruit Trees

We’ve written about frost and fruit trees before and noted the importance of providing shelter for some fruit trees in spring, which is the danger time when a heavy frost can damage flowers, tiny fruit, or even drop-bears. Our resident drop-bear on a freezing...

What are those brown marks on my apples?

We¬†had a great question from one of our Grow Great Fruit members about what causes russet on apples, which describes both the yellow marks (as you can see on the side of this Cox’s Orange Pippin apple), and the rough brown marks around the stem end of the apple....

Netting options for backyard fruit trees

Fruit damage from birds, bats and possums is high on the list of complaints from home fruit growers. This week we look at various netting options, and how they can protect your crop from most of these problems. The birds left us the stems! The cherry trees we planted...