Home Garden Jobs for Winter
HIGH RISK FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN WINTER
Oranges, mandarins and grapefruit
In winter, QFF activity is less but flies can survive through the colder months sheltering in nearby trees and shrubs.
QFF control in winter focuses on reducing food sources and shaping fruit trees for an easy harvest next season.
Fruit that ripen in winter, like citrus and olives, require continual monitoring and control during winter.
Key tasks in your garden for winter:
Remove any fruit left hanging on tree from autumn e.g. apples, pears, quinces, pomegranates etc.;
Dispose of unwanted fruit – but not directly in the garbage, compost or worm farm. First, seal it in a plastic bag and leave it in the sun for seven days, freeze it for two days or zap it in the microwave;
Think about how much fruit you need and prune your trees down to a manageable size so you can use all the fruit they produce;
Remove fruit trees that are more than you can manage
Clean up vegetable patches as soon as they are harvested;
Help older family, friends and neighbours to prune or remove trees.
More information is available from Agriculture Victoria
or NSW DPI.