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Winter - a fantastic time for planting Fruit trees

bare rooted fruit trees

Winter - a fantastic time for planting Fruit trees

While many people think of spring as the ultimate time to get out in the garden Winter is actually the best times to get out and plant fruit trees such as stone fruit, apples and pears. Getting fruit trees in the ground during the winter months gives them plenty of time to establish before the hot summer. If planting deciduous trees, you can minimise transplant stress by planting when the tree is dormant. You can also source bare rooted trees in winter, the advantage to buying a tree like this is they are often cheaper and more advanced to a...

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Controlling White-fly Organically

Controlling White-fly Organically

White-fly are closely related to sap-sucking aphids. The adults look like tiny, white moths, Eggs are laid on the undersides of leaves and hatch within 8 days. Both newly hatched 'crawlers' and adults feed by sucking the sap from the underside of the leaf. They also excrete 'honeydew' which can cause problems with black sooty mould Unfortunately, over-use of pesticides will kill of white-fly's natural predators. One study has even demonstrated an increased white-fly reproductive capacity when sprayed with certain insecticides Natural enemies of white-fly include small birds, spiders, lacewings, hoverflies, ground beetles and damsel bugs. The adults and larvae...

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Wicking beds - A smart way to grow in Perth's climate

Wicking beds - A smart way to grow in Perth's climate

Wicking beds are basically containers with water reservoirs at the base. Plants are watered from below rather than above, moisture is drawn up through the soil via a process called capillary action or wicking. This allows moisture to be more evenly distributed through the soil, creating better growing conditions for the plants. Pros Uses between 40% and 50% less water than a conventional garden bed. Harder for weeds to establish as the soil on the surface is drier. Once established plants are quite heat tolerant due to the design encouraging the plant to put down good roots Depending on the...

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