What should my fruit trees look like in spring?

What should my fruit trees look like in spring?

As new fruit growers get to know their fruit trees, they’re often unsure what’s ‘normal’ in the different seasons – that was certainly the case for us as we learned our trade! Even experienced fruit growers will learn something new every...
The good work of becoming a fruit tree parent

The good work of becoming a fruit tree parent

Throughout July we’ve had people picking up their pre-ordered trees from Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery (we closed on Sunday), and plenty of people picked up an extra tree or two while they were here! The days have been full of conversations about...

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...

This is what “retirement” looks like…

We’ve been asked a lot recently how we’re enjoying our retirement. Well, so far, this is what retirement looks like… Though we’re not responsible for most of the orchards any more, we still look after the heritage apple orchard. We didn’t...

How to set up a farming co-op

We’ve signed the leases! It took 3 months of negotiation and not a little angst, but all 4 founding members of the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op now have a lease at the farm. (In fact the leases all started on 1 July, it just took another 3 months to work out...