Orchard Maintenance

We have a maintenance calendar that guides us as to the jobs that we need to do each month. 

Don’t worry if some of these tasks seem technical. There are experienced members who are very happy to share their knowledge and know-how with you.

September 28th

Riverside Orchard Day

We will harvest the orchard fruit for tasting and juicing, and we’ll also ask Riversiders to bring the surplus fruit from their gardens for pressing and juicing. As a follow-up from the Launch Day Polli:Nation survey, we will study the same survey patches to see what other flowers and insects we can find and record them. The event will also coincide with our regular monthly orchard maintenance to keep the trees healthy and strong for the winter.

May

We will be giving the trees a second feed, check for pests and disease, hand pollinate trees if the weather has been too bad for flying bees and other insects, water trees in prolonged dry spells, and remove any dead or damaged branches.

June

This is the time to thin out the numbers of fruit if they are going to be too much for the branches to bear. We will also prune the plum trees (only done in summer to guard against the Silver Leaf fungus), monitor pests and diseases, and use eco-friendly sprays against pests.

July

We will be giving the trees a second feed, check for pests and disease, hand pollinate trees if the weather has been too bad for flying bees and other insects, water trees in prolonged dry spells, and remove any dead or damaged branches.

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