Taming the monster

Taming the monster

Moving into a new property with existing fruit trees can be very exciting, with the promise of ready-made fruit harvests outside the back door without having to plant trees and wait years for them to mature. The reality is often quite different, as it often turns out...
Should I prune my fruit tree in spring?

Should I prune my fruit tree in spring?

As we’re coming out of winter and spring has clearly started, many of us have fruit trees that are no longer dormant, and are either at budswell stage, or have even started flowering or producing leaves. If you haven’t yet pruned these trees (which would...
How to Plant a Fruit Tree

How to Plant a Fruit Tree

It’s nitty gritty time! Time to get on the end of a shovel, dig a hole, and plant your fruit tree. We often see fruit trees tied to elaborate staking arrangements, but if you plant them the right way, there’s no need for stakes at all, your tree should be...
How to tell the difference between fruit buds and leaf buds

How to tell the difference between fruit buds and leaf buds

Last week’s blog post about “Know the parts of your fruit tree” led to a flurry of questions about the difference between leaf buds and fruit buds, so that’s today’s blog topic. It’s definitely a very useful thing to know before you...
Know the parts of your fruit tree

Know the parts of your fruit tree

Have you started your winter pruning? If the leaves have fallen off your apple, pear, plum, peach or nectarine trees, now’s the time to get started.  We talk a lot about pruning (because we know it worries more than 50% of home growers), so we thought...

Did you accidentally prune your fruit off?

A lovely healthy peach tree – with almost no fruit! Do you have any fruit trees this year that don’t have fruit on them? Not sure why? It might be because of how you pruned them. One of the principles of pruning is that the harder you prune, the more the...