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 […]

Boost your fruit trees this autumn

Leaves are turning gold and starting to fall, marking the end of a cycle of growth and the beginning of another as the leaf donates its goodness back to earth. All those tiny openings left by detached leaves makes it a prime time to get a biological (or copper if that’s what’s needed), spray on. […]

Pest Smarts + Neem Giveaway!

Heat and harvest come to this – pests. It’s easy to malign them, “Damn things!”, but pests are not malicious, they’ve come because you’ve served dinner. Aphids, leafhoppers, scale, thrips, green vegetable bugs – put a feed out, create the perfect environment and they will come! A pest free garden Got ya there! Nope, wont […]

How To Deal with Garlic Rust

Despite all my good preps, my garlic succumbed to rust. Aggghhhh! I’ve been a proud garlic grower for 23 years. Kilo braids were my summer pocket money when the girls were babies. Christmas time at Moffat’s cottage was for sorting and cleaning garlic. Visitors were roped in and always left with a stash of beautiful […]