Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thinning peaches, trapping for moths

Very busy keeping the trees watered that I can.  We have enough water to irrigate the young trees and the berries.  The older trees have to rely on rain which has been very light the past month.  Newly planted trees … Continue reading

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Fruit thinned by nature

Quite a bit of work to do in the nursery now.  Single out the tops, make sure all flowers are removed, weed, irrigate, check for pests.  Also, we tie a string above the row (a foot above the tops of … Continue reading

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Stripping late blossoms

Most of our apples have set their fruit, but a few blossoms are still straggling behind.  Today we’re going through by hand and pulling those weak late-bloomers off, since they can get fireblight infections and the blossoms aren’t needed for … Continue reading

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Extended bloom bring up dilemma

We have apple trees still at full bloom and others at petal fall and beyond.  This brings up quite a dilemma.  The new apples must be protected from plum curculio feeding when they grow to about 7mm or more but … Continue reading

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Petal-fall pests

Petal fall is a time for making lots of pest control decisions.   At petal fall our main concerns are oblique banded leaf rollers, plum curculio, codling moth and oriental fruit moth.  Catches of oblr and ofm have been low and … Continue reading

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Spring back on schedule…and we still have fruit!

Just back from a few days off.  Seeing quite a bit of fruit out there as the weather warms up a bit.  Even peaches and plums are showing a crop.  Not a huge crop but a crop. This will make … Continue reading

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Butterflies working the flowers

Warmer weather and sun brought out the pollinating insects yesterday.  Had hundreds if not thousands of beautiful butterflies working the flowers.  Very weird and interesting.  At least two bee hives swarmed yesterday.  The hives are very strong this year.  Lots … Continue reading

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