Testing Apples for Ripeness and Storing the Harvest

This year my 3m x 3m (I keep my trees pruned small), 6 year old Captain Kidd apple tree has given us 40kgs of beautiful apples (approx 266 apples). Last year the harvest was 50kg (about 333 apples). 300 apples a year, per tree – I think is a great yield from a backyard effort. […]

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 […]