Apple worms - be gone!

Main Street Trees uses nontoxic methods of pest control. This used water bottle is being re-purposed as a trap for the moth that makes worms in organic apples. The bottle hangs from a branch using any twine or wire and has several large holes in the sides. On the bottom is a mix of vinegar, liquid soap, molasses and ammonia to reduce the number of moths in the apple orchard. This is only one technique and several are needed to really do the job of keeping the moths to a minimum.

Robert Young Bamboo - new canes

This month the new fresh cans are popping up on the Robert Young Bamboo. They are striped with yellows, greens and red wine colors. This is one of my favorite bamboos. The height will get to about 14 feet and the cane diameter is about an inch in diameter or more if your stand is happily fed. Some of the canes jog in a zig zag of about 6 inches called knees. This style of bamboo is in the runner category so it should be contained with a sturdy barrier or kept in a container. If you have a lot of space and do not mind, it will spread to a wide area but usually will not travel under pavement. Usually folks are glad they took the time to submerge a perimeter and then let it fill that area beautifully. The new canes coming up right now will be their final diameter and will grow 6 inches per day to their final height and then just get woodier, stronger over the next 5 years.

 

Pineapple Guava Flowers - Edible Petals

I love the taste of both the flower and the fruit of the Pineapple Guava aka Feijoa. It is often seen as a foundation plant near homes as it is a very nice shrub - keeping it's leaves year round with awesome looking flowers at this time of year. Some have had the plant for years and not tried the fruit. Here's a suggestion - try tasting the flower petals too! Don't go overboard on that though and eat too many or you will not have the fantastic fruit in the fall. I think the fruit tastes like strawberry + pineapple + kiwi. It has a good sour to sweet balance so maybe you will like it if sour is okay with you for fruit. Many people have not tried it but like it when they do. It is such a sweet looking plant too. The thick leaves are whitish on the backside and glossy on the top. Even though it is called a guava it can handle frost and I do not cover it like I do for citrus, avocados, other guavas and bananas. I have a set of trees (bushes) selected to have larger than usual fruit in both round and long versions. Add this to an evergreen edible hedge with citrus, loquats and avocados.

Our Farm - a View from the west side

 

This picture was taken from the Main Street side of the farm (vs the Beard Rd side). The very old barn has been earthquake retrofitted. Some of the other "buildings" are shade rooms and frost protection sheds to help keep the young plants happier. We strive to improve the farm and the light/shade situations for the trees each year. The big blue sky is so beautiful over our little farm and makes a lovely backdrop and view while caring for all the plants. Back here are young fruit trees and oak seedlings.

Frost Covers - Almost time to put them away.

We pull the frost covers over to the side when it does not look like we expect frost. We enjoy growing citrus fruit and take the trouble to give them a bit of protection from the coldest nights. Citrus can be grown in a sunny spot next to your house so it will get both the sunshine needed to ripen the fruit and some warmth that leaks from the house at night. Many parts of our area grow fantastic citrus fruit and if your place has both frost protection and lots of sunshine be sure to feed well and often. If your garden has snails or slugs you will know by the holes munched in the leaves. Right now there are fragrant white flowers on the citrus - -what a dreamy smell.