October in the Orchard

The plums are having babies. Tiny, wee new fruits, so precious! Keep an eye on how they develop. Thinning time will soon be upon us. Are your peaches or plums showing signs of leaf curl? It’s really too late to do anything, but do support them through this stressful time with regular foliar sprays of […]

August in the Orchard

The earlicheer are flowering beneath the fruit trees and the daffodils are pushing their way through – in another month the orchard will be pretty as a picture! Copper spraying time is here for those of you that had either blackspot on apples or leaf curl, brown rot or bladder plum on stonefruits. (Only spray […]

May in the Orchard

Citrus all need a layer of homemade compost, a top up of mulch and monthly liquid feeding while they are in production mode. Make sure they have some extra shelter if they are young. Mine are still babies, so this winter I’ve made little walls from the strawbale festival seating to cut our cold south […]