Back to Basics: Fruit Tree Pruning Videos

Here are a couple of videos that I hope will give beginners a bit of pruning confidence. Thanks to my buddy Ray at Soulhaven Productions for making them and thanks to Barry for letting us film his trees! These fruit tree pruning videos won’t answer all your questions, not by a long shot. But they […]

July In The Vegie Patch

Even when its cold and frosty there’s plenty of food to be had from the garden. Here’s a quick round up of what we’re harvesting to inspire you to a four seasons vegie patch. Leafy greens abound – chard, spinach, parsley, kale, chickweed, cress, miners lettuce and rocket. Bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage ripen […]

Fruit Tree Pruning a go!

Sharpen up friends! This month we’re pruning! Deciduous fruit trees, berries, grapes and avocado are a go. If you haven’t found your pruning feet yet, know that you will. Be content with one new thing this winter – perhaps seeing the framework for the first time, or the fruit buds, or pruning your first big […]

How To Prune An Avocado

If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years teaching pruning, it’s that when I start to talk about old wood, new wood, two year old wood – your mind squeezes shut with fear. So before we begin here today lets relax a little. Just hang with me here while I talk about new […]

How To Prune A Grape

Grapes fruit on new season wood. Prune your grapes every year to avoid a tangle of shoots and to grow better fruits. Grapevines have a tonne of vigour and left to their own devices take over the garden, next stop the world. The good news is grapes can handle a hard prune, so if your […]

The Winter Greenhouse

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse beneath the still growing tomatoes and peppers. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse, (or biofumigant if you want the techy term). I don’t chemically sterilise my greenhouse soil or go through the rigours of emptying it all out […]