Capeweed – love it or hate it?

Capeweed – love it or hate it?

We’re often asked what we think of capeweed, which can be seen growing in great abundance all over the countryside (and our farm) at this time of year in spring. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know we’re generally big fans of...
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,...
3 Ways to Improve Your Soil

3 Ways to Improve Your Soil

Do you think about soil much, or is it just something you walk around on, or maybe try to grow something in? If you’re already a keen gardener and have had fruit trees or a vegie patch for a while, you’re probably already aware of how important soil is,...
Have you planted a green manure crop this year?

Have you planted a green manure crop this year?

A few weeks ago we recommended planting a green manure crop as one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your soil before you plant fruit trees. This week we’re talking about what to do next. A green manure is a fast-growing crop of (usually) annual plants,...

Control your weeds…or not?

We love weeds! A lovely mixed patch of weeds Weeds, or understorey plants as we prefer to call them, provide lots of environmental benefits: they shade the ground, provide habitat and food for the bees and soil microbes that are so important for fertility for our...

Is your tree water stressed?

How do you know if your trees are moisture stressed? In spring it can be hard to tell, but it’s a crucial time to make sure your trees DON’T dry out, particularly if they’re still flowering. Gala apple blossom Why is it a problem? In spring while the...