Leaf Curl

Leaf curl will be showing up in your stonefruit about now – spring being the season of fungi. Here’s my all round approach to managing fun-guys. It’s too late to do anything now – the time for copper has been and gone. Tuck the copper away for leaf fall. Liquid seaweed makes more sense right about […]

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 […]

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 […]