Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. It’s time to tie down young branches, to change their direction from up to out. Especially important on young fruit trees that you are shaping into perfect specimens. Also for older trees that have had an old branch removed and a newbie has […]

A Heap Of Bright Ideas, My Pruning Book + A New Fertiliser

Dear Gardeners, For many years it was my wish to grow a vegetable garden with no bought fertiliser. But I was never successful. I now know that my goals of abundant crops and a minimum of pest and disease on intensively managed soil, are pretty lofty. My garden needs a bit of outside help. For […]

Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide

Here she is – the cover of my book. I feel a little proud. Fingers crossed we’ll be finished for you next month, so you can use it this winter to unbundle pruning. This is the grown up version of the funny little pruning book I cobbled together a few years ago. A bit of […]

Eke Out The Water – Embrace The Shade

Lizards, chilli peppers and tomatoes are heat lovers. They adore the sun beating down on them. The rest of us, not so! In the baking heat we sweat, plants transpire = energy and water loss. Though we don’t visibly wilt as does a plant, we can relate to those flaccid leaves!  Shade mitigates both losses, […]