Testing Apples For Ripeness + A Super Helpful Calendar

One of my most asked questions is “How do I know when apples/plums/ pears are ripe?” I remember wondering that too. The realisation that harvesting required as much knowledge as growing, dawned the day I harvested a whole tree of apples in a rush of excitement because they were red. What a let down when […]

The first Espalier prune of the season

This afternoon I pruned the lateral shoots on my Nashi Espalier. This quick prune keeps things fruitful and promotes fresh shoots, the very same cost were I to leave them to go wild. Cause fruit is whats its all about right…  and a tightly controlled ship. I admit it. Go along each branch and reduce […]

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 […]

Plant Citrus, Prune Tamarillos and Feed your Fruit Trees

Citrus and Subtropical Planting Time is Here! Years ago I read an article by Russel Fransham from Subtropica that advocated delaying planting of citrus and subtropicals until after risk of frost had passed. This made so much sense to me. Citrus hate the cold. Especially in that vulnerable new plant phase. It’s better they flourish […]