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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Bare Root Fruit Trees

Everything you need to know about bare root fruit trees As the weather gets colder, it’s ever so tempting to stay inside, and curl up by the fire…

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Review of “Preserving the Italian Way”

This 264 page book provides a comprehensive coverage of methods to preserve a vast range of foodstuffs with a focus on traditional Italian…

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Decorative and Productive

This garden is for the soul as well as the stomach - a delight to all the senses. Visually gorgeous in any season, with spectacular camellias in…

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Wild Orange

Indigenous Australians enjoyed a diverse supply of interesting edible plants in the millennia before white settlement. Some, like macadamias, have…

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Babaco

Babaco Carica pentagona is compact, high yielding and more frost tolerant than its close relative papaya (or paw paw) – an excellent candidate for…

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Finger Limes

The fruit of the Australian finger lime Citrus australasica is sought after by top restaurants around the world. Often described as ‘lime caviar’ for…

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Growing in the shade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaCiNizT_BM Can you produce many fruit and vegetables in a small garden?  Of course you can, even when the fruit…

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Pesticides in Fruit and Vegetables

We are all aware that fruit and veggies produced commercially, unless they are certified organic, have been exposed to pesticides at some stage in…

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Pepino – a Perennial Fruiting Shrub

Who doesn’t like easy fruit growing? Especially in these days of changing climates, we look for edible plants that can withstand extremes. So the…

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Citrus Gall Wasp

  Citrus Gall Wasp Many of our more persistent garden pests are not native to Australia but citrus gall wasp is definitely an Aussie grown garden…

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Peach Leaf Curl

Peach leaf curl is a virulent and resistant fungal disease that appears on the leaves of fruit trees in early spring. As the fungus Taphrina…

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Grapes

  There are a few contenders for the most popular variety of various fruits, but there is little competition about the most versatile. Grape…

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Figs

The fabulously delicious fig Ficus carica– known to the Egyptians as the “Tree of Life” – is a wonderful addition to most backyards (and kitchens).…

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