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 […]

Your Healthy Fruit Tree Game Plan + Copper Sprays Explained

Cankers, oozing sap, fruit scab, fruit rot, leaf spots or leaf curl are all signs bacteria or fungus are ruling the roost in your orchard. Today, I want to look at two ways to manage these infections: short term remedies of copper and lime sulfur, long term holistic loveliness. We don’t need to be purists […]

Get Ready For Psyllids

Boy, did we panic about psyllids when they first arrived on our shores. And rightly so! Our tomato and potato crops got hammered as we figured out how to cope with them. And figure it out we did. We’ve got it sorted! So moving on from the panic, let’s make like a scout – Be Prepared. […]