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 […]

How To Grow An Avocado: Fruit Of The Gods!

Growing a good suppy of avocado’s for the team has long been my dream, but they’ve been a tough nut to crack. In part because they’re fussy blighters, and in part because of where I live. While the foothills of the Tararua’s isn’t the perfect location, it is – I have learned – doable (as […]

How To Thin Fruit (And Why You Need To)

For top quality fruit and a better performing tree – thin your fruit this month! Thinning removes the excess to improve the remainder – and it’s a lovely job, so peaceful among the fruit trees. I thin because thinning looks after my trees. It lightens their load. (I love the thought of a benevolent being […]

How To Grow Great Citrus

Citrus are fussy darlings, deeply sensitive to wind, wet feet, dry feet and frost. The foothill’s of the Tararua’s is not their ideal which means I need to work harder to drum up some citrus action. How to Grow Great Citrus Best time to plant is when you are sure of no more frosts – […]