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Prevent Fungal Disease: Now is your Moment!

By far and away the most common cause of garden disease is airborne fungi. The mild moist conditions of spring set the scene for primary infections of rust, black spot, leaf curl, shot hole, brown rot and other fungal delights. As I write this it’s raining and cool, the kind of conditions that strike fear […]

What to Do About Leaf Curl

Leaf curl will be showing up in your stonefruit about now – spring being the time when fungus comes out to play. Here’s my all round approach to managing fungi. It’s too late to copper now. Tuck it away until the next key moment which is at leaf fall, and instead give it a power […]

Plant Citrus, Prune Tamarillos + Feed Fruit Trees

Citrus and Subtropical Planting Time is Here! Years ago, I read an article by Russel Fransham from Subtropica that advocated delaying planting of citrus and subtropicals until after risk of frost had passed. This made so much sense to me. Citrus hate the cold. Especially in that vulnerable new plant phase. It’s better they flourish […]

September Fruit Tree To-do List

Manage height Spring is an excellent time to tame the height of deciduous fruit trees because trees respond with gentle growth. They’ve already used a chunk of energy up making blossoms and new shoots which means – joy oh joy, there’s less fuel in the tank. Use this to your advantage, and prune back trees […]