Spring Disease: Managing Fungus

By far and away the most common cause of garden disease is airborne fungi and 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 […]

Winter Preps, Mighty Broccoli And Death To Cabbage Whites

Aside from keeping everything alive with regular watering and feeding, our most pressing job is sowing and planting the winter food garden. No mean feat when it’s hot and dry. Planting Tips For Hot Days Use the evening for all of your planting and pricking on Be sure the soil you are planting into is […]

Break The Pest Cycle

The heat, all that tasty food, a bit of plant stress = pests! Here are two ways to bust inside that egg-larvae-adult-sex-birth cycle, and keep numbers down. 1. A Daily Harvest So simple, so obvious – harvest daily. Get out every morning with your bowl and remove the newly ripe. What a difference! Berries for […]

Of Lemon Tree Borer And Puriri Grubs

This hole in my Tydemans Late Apple shows a puriri larvae is in occupancy. That vertical scar and diamond shaped hole is the giveaway. Things that drill into the trunks of your trees, eating the wood as they go – are not your friends. Even if they are as beautiful as a puriri moth. Lemon […]