April in the Orchard

Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (cankers, oozing sap, cracks in bark, yellowing leaves followed by premature leaf fall) or leaf curl. Do this at leaf fall. Two of my apples had black spot so I’ll do […]

October in the Orchard

Leaf curl It’s too late to do anything – copper is wasted once the infection is showing, liquid seaweed every week or as often as you can manage is your best bet for tonic support. If its a full on infection, your tree may defoliate and have to produce a new set of leaves to […]

May in the Orchard

Citrus all need a layer of homemade compost, a top up of mulch and monthly liquid feeding while they are in production mode. Make sure they have some extra shelter if they are young. Mine are still babies, so this winter I’ve made little walls from the strawbale festival seating to cut our cold south […]