How To Prune Raspberries

You’ll get the best out of your raspberries with a winter prune – bigger fruits, less disease and easier picking. For Red Raspberries That Fruit In Summer Year 1 The new canes that shoot away in spring are green and fresh – these are called primocanes. Through the summer they develop fruit buds along the […]

Pruning Tips + Pruning Video + Book News

Last month I promised you the new and improved version of “A Beginners Guide To Pruning”, and now I have to un-promise. It is not ready. My time has been spent on more important things – I’ve been with my dear sister-in-law who was finishing her days after a short, sharp battle with lung cancer. […]

July In The Vegie Patch

These root crops were sown late autumn and the reason they’re growing like little rockets is because they’re cosy beneath a cloche. That plastic skin has warmed the soil to 13°, while outside the soil’s a mere 7°. A handy option if the gardener (that’s me), can see there won’t be enough carrots come spring. […]

How To Plant Fruit Trees (And Bravely Prune Them)

Put a $10 tree in a $20 hole! Dig Dig a 20 litre hole If you are on clay, puncture the bottom of your hole by pushing your garden fork in as far as it will go If you are on sand line the bottom of your hole with wet newspaper Mix the original soil […]

The Perfect Raspberry Frame

This here is the raspberry frame I wish I’d made. Seeing it in action the summer after we’d built ours was bad luck for us, but hopefully not too late for you! Create two rows, 400mm apart using 1.8 waratah’s on an angle at each end of the row to make a “v” shape. Make […]

To Copper Spray, Or Not?

Cankers, oozing sap, fruit scab, fruit rot, leaf spots, leaf curl or mildew are all signs bacteria or fungus are ruling the roost in your orchard. Today, I want to look at two ways to manage these infections: short term remedies of copper and lime sulfur, long term holistic loveliness. We don’t need to be […]