Of Citrus, Tamarillos and Feijoas

Spare your citrus and subtropicals a thought as they valiantly try to produce young fruits in this baking heat. They need water. Possibly desperately. The best way is a slow hose at their feet until the soil is nice and moist. Flowering and fruit development are crucial times in a fruit trees life. If they […]

Grapefruit yoghurt cake

Tis the season of citrus (have you made your marmalade?). Everything coming out of the kitchen has citrus in it – hot grapefruit and honey drink, orange coconut cookies, lemon honey and this zesty cake. 1 1/2c flour 2tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1c yoghurt 1c sugar 3 eggs Zest of 2 grapefruits 1/2 […]

April in the Orchard

Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (cankers, oozing sap, cracks in bark, yellowing leaves followed by premature leaf fall) or leaf curl. Do this at leaf fall. Two of my apples had black spot so I’ll do […]

January is Citrus Feeding Time!

It’s citrus feeding time! Especially important for those of you in the lower half of the North Island (or anywhere that’s marginal for citrus) to give new seedlings a good old leg up. Get them growing strong while the weather is warm, so they are bigger and bolder for when they need to take on […]