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Winter Orchard Care
Winter orchard care

Winter is a good time to get on top of a few things in the home fruit orchard. From managing weeds to pruning, there are plenty of ways to prep your fruit trees for the cold months ahead.

Stop the rot in pawpaw
Stop the rot in pawpaw

If you grow pawpaw, you’ve likely seen the telltale signs of rot at some point, especially during winter. When the fruit begin to colour, small, black, mouldy circles appear that develop into gaping sunken ulcers as the fruit ripens, leaving behind very little edible flesh to enjoy. It’s heartbreaking! Thankfully, there’s a simple solution.

Elkhorn
Divide and mount an elkhorn

The elkhorn fern is an epiphyte that grows naturally on tree trunks and branches. In the home, an elkhorn can be mounted on a board and displayed, creating an eye-catching feature. Here’s how to do it.

Should you rest soil between crops?
Should you rest soil between crops?

The soil in a typical backyard vegie patch works pretty hard. Season after season, we depend on it to grow a continuous supply of produce. As soon as one crop finishes, in goes another. So should we give our soil a rest from time to time?

Propagate a rubber plant
Propagate a rubber plant

If you love rubber plants, then you might want to try this simple propagation method to turn one plant into two! Marcotting, also known as ‘aerial layering’, is a bit like striking a cutting, only it’s still attached to the mother plant. Here’s how it’s done.

Top Jobs to do in May
10 jobs to do in May

With autumn well and truly under way, it’s a great time to be out in the garden, preparing for cold days ahead. Here are 10 jobs for the garden, patch and patio to add to your May to-do list.

5 tips for sowing carrots
5 tips for sowing carrots

You sow, you water, you wait, but all that comes up is weeds! If this sounds like your experience growing carrots from seed, then you’re not alone. It can be disappointing when seeds don’t sprout but once you learn a few tricks, you’ll enjoy excellent germination time and time again. Here are a few secrets … Continue reading 5 tips for sowing carrots