May 24, 2017
The word spread like fire around town last week that someone caught a codling moth in a trap. We raced to get the apples and pears protected by installing nylon ‘footies’ plus netting.
While adding the footies to the apples we could see that the bugs are busier than we are. Here are two ladybugs on the Fuji. Well … they can’t both be ladies. And newly hatched spiders in the Liberty, all scrambling out, ready to explore. Ladybugs and spiders are two of the best beneficial insects for the orchard.
Kate and Elley carved out a new garden bed in a couple of hours. A day later, Sue attacked and created a nice looking nest for the hot peppers. The weed barrier paper is OMRI certified organic and biodegradable. What a nice looking nest for the pepper plants.
Since we can’t control ourselves at plant sales there are a few new plants in the north end. Come and find the new Salvia Hot Lips (Slavia Microphylla) and the Sapphire Blue Sea Holly (Erngium). Ciscoe Morris himself told us these two plants would give us the August flowers that the pollinators need.
All of this activity in the space of about a week! We hope the show slows down a bit in June.