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01 May 2012
Storms 29°C / 85°F

sMy strawberries have baby fruits, as do the cherries, plums and apples. The currants look like they’ll ripen before the strawberries.

There’s spot on my plums, likely cedar rust. Oddly enough, the apples look mostly awesome but I already see a few infected leaves. I’m starting to understand that with orchard management there really isn’t prevention, only control – at least with my still haphazard orchard management (ingot in 3 sprays instead of 8 – partly because the trees went into full bloom in the middle of fungicide spray season and I dont think I’m supposed to spray during bloom.

Today I discovered Eastern Filbert Blight in my beloved Corkscrew hazelnut. The shrub is only entering it’s third season. I realize now that it must have come to me already infected. I will lose the whole bush, every branch is infected at the base. I’ll dig it out soon and hope the EFB doesn’t transfer to any of my other plants.

All my biggest tomatoes are suffering from something. They are on the porch, either the night time cold or possibly the leaves got burned from fertilizer, or both. I hope they’ll bounce back. It this is just another kick in my ass for not potting up the remainder of the seedlings. The little ones are doing well but not sizing up because I left them in their six-flats.

Potatoes have leafed up from their shallow holes. They should be ready for Hilling in another week.

Comfrey is gone gangbusters. I’ll get a good batch of comfrey tea off the first cutting.

Wheat hasn’t sprouted yet. I don’t know if it takes a long time to germinate or what.

Arugula is in full flower and inhad no idea the flowers smelled so good.

So, so much work to be done.


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Sorry to hear of all your gardening challenges! I hope the diseases don’t spread.

Posted on 03 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Oh dear, sorry to hear about your problems. I hope you manage to get a handle on it all and can feel better about the rest of the growing season.

Posted on 03 May 12 (over 3 years ago)
creme

creme

Folia Helper

United States5

Thanks ladies. I’m sure I’m just crabby today. I knew, gorgeous as this weird weather has been, that it would be a challenging year for pests. Everything woke up early.

It’s just part and parcel of gardening. I’m actually proud at how good I’ve gotten at identifying pests in their infant stages. Now I just need to get better at preventative maintenance in the late winter and really, properly timing controls to interrupt their life cycles.

It takes constant vigilance, a lot of research and a fair amount of money. I hate to say it, but conventional gardening with broad-spectrum insecticides and herbicides seems so much easier somethings.

Posted on 03 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Gardening becomes more challenging every year. I experienced Japanese beetles for the first time in 2011. I dread what new pest will put a dent in my freezer/larder this year.

Posted on 04 May 12 (over 3 years ago)
creme

creme

Folia Helper

United States5

LOL. I don’t remember life without Japanese beetles.

Posted on 04 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

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