October In Your Patch

With the weather warming up nicely, there’s no better place to be than the backyard. October is a huge month in the patch. With so many varieties to…

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September In Your Patch

September is a fantastic time to be alive for us gardeners! The chill is almost gone from the mornings, and the afternoons are getting longer.…

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August In Your Patch

Cool clear nights, frosty mornings and plenty of rain can only mean one thing, it is August. Travelling around my home town I have already seen the…

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July In Your Patch

When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you…

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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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June in Your Patch

Ok, it’s official, winter is upon us. And while it may seem easier to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book, it is the perfect time…

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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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May In Your Patch

  While the southern parts of Australia have donned winter pyjamas and flannelette sheets, the northern states are still revelling in warm, and…

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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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