Designing Productive Gardens

Few things can be quite as satisfying as growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit. The quality and freshness of home grown produce combined with…

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Winter Washing of Fruit Trees

Although it may look like there is not much happening with your fruit trees over winter, the microscopic world of fungi is making plans,…

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Growing Apricots

Apricots with their luscious combination of sweetness and tanginess are, in my opinion, the tastiest fruit in the stone fruit orchard. There's…

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Produce in Pots

Plants in pots... it’s hardly a new or revolutionary concept... I mean, we are all well acquainted with the potted Maidenhair fern in the bathroom, a…

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Choosing Fruit and Vegetables to Grow or Buy Organic on a Budget

If it is important to you to reduce your exposure to artificial chemicals in food, it can be quite expensive to buy organic fruit and veggies and it…

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Malabar Spinach Research Project

A great spinach to grow in summer as an alternative to English spinach, which can struggle in the heat, is Malabar spinach, also known as Ceylon…

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Preventing Spread of the Queensland Fruit Fly

QFF depositing eggs in a tomato. Photo: J. Newman, M. Schultz Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) are tropical Queensland rain forest insects, that need the…

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Summer Pruning of Apple Trees

Pruning fruit trees in summer results in less vigorous regrowth and maintains the trees’ general size and shape. When pruning apple trees, it is…

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Is Your Tea Sustainable?

Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a…

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Rental Properties and Small Spaces as Productive Oases

As population and cities grow, houses on traditional quarter acre blocks are becoming more expensive and you may only have the option of renting or…

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