Search found 51 matches

by Chuck Rhode
Wed May 23, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Cydia pomonella
Replies: 1
Views: 617

Cydia pomonella

That's codling moth (C. pomonella), the worm in the apple, and this is for those of you who have backyard electronic weather stations and are running a Linux-based PC in the kitchen. Take a look at the weeWX software suite (written by Tom Keffer) for managing that weather station and collecting back...
by Chuck Rhode
Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Good enough to eat
Replies: 1
Views: 3298

Re: Good enough to eat

Even though it is an old article, it is frustrating to see such nonsense being published in a serious newspaper. Monbiot is not just our moonbat; he's everybody's moonbat. He's such a great moonbat, we here in the States have heard of him, courtesy of the Canadian climate-skeptic blog of Steve McIn...
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Apple Variety
Replies: 3
Views: 3785

Re: Apple Variety

Hi, we are looking to get a single apple tree for our smallish garden - eating variety. We are looking for a self pollinator that requires little/no spraying. We have previously had an unidentified apple tree. The flesh was pinkish and quite fluffy - not keen on getting the same again. Maybe you ha...
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Versatile apple for the NW?
Replies: 2
Views: 3092

Re: Versatile apple for the NW?

My husband is interested in cider making, I would like something to eat fresh, and we both want to be able to bake with them. Consider a multi-graft tree, or top-work your Yellow Transparent. Raising multiple varieties (even on one trunk) means that unrelated pollen will generally be available unle...
by Chuck Rhode
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 2618

What is this?

http://lacusveris.com/Snaps/B9%20--%20Sheboygan,%20WI%202014-07-24%2012%3A00%20Thumb.jpg Please help me identify this whip. I have a pretty good notion that this is Budagovsky (the Bud 9 rootstock). It came up volunteer in my orchard where I had removed a flowering crab apple, and it seems identica...
by Chuck Rhode
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: What's the problem with this tree?
Replies: 4
Views: 4439

Re: What's the problem with this tree?

I don't suppose it could be something as simple as (lack of) water stress....
by Chuck Rhode
Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Trees refusing to branch...
Replies: 6
Views: 5330

Re: Trees refusing to branch...

Here're some notes from a series of lectures on "Fruit Tree Growing for the Backyard Gardener" by Tony Dembski at Brown County Extension Service (Green Bay, WI) in early spring 2011. Notching above a bud on the trunk in early May before bloom will stimulate vegetative growth. Notching was accomplish...
by Chuck Rhode
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Enterprise apple, Wealthy
Replies: 3
Views: 3830

Re: Enterprise apple, Wealthy

Anyone familiar with these apples in general, was looking to get scion wood possibly at the end of winter. They seem like very good all around apples. My zone is 5a-6b - western MD. I'm in 3b in eastern Wisconsin. I have twenty trees of various kinds. Wealthy is the most prolific bearer of all. ......
by Chuck Rhode
Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: New Prairie Spy Tree
Replies: 6
Views: 5166

Re: New Prairie Spy Tree

Yep, I put some miracle grow on it, last year and a couple of times earlier this season. ... I intend to use dried organic manure unless you advise otherwise. Young trees can use the nitrogen (N) for vegetative growth. I'm told some varieties are prone to fruit splitting, though, when getting too m...
by Chuck Rhode
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: New Prairie Spy Tree
Replies: 6
Views: 5166

Re: New Prairie Spy Tree

Thanks for the thorough advice. I don't think the gashes or better described as splits, are from birds. Maybe it is like cherries. I think cherries split if they get too wet on the tree. Man, what a wet summer. Each apple has usually one large split about an inch or more much more in length, about ...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: New Prairie Spy Tree
Replies: 6
Views: 5166

Re: New Prairie Spy Tree

Some apples have already fallen to the ground. I thought this was supposed to be late season apple. Is this normal? Most varieties are prone to summer drop, and it is prevalent in some. Young trees may set more fruit than can be brought to maturity. This is the trees' way of adjusting midseason. Al...
by Chuck Rhode
Fri May 17, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Hello from Eastern Tennessee
Replies: 3
Views: 5375

Re: Hello from Eastern Tennessee

Yes, us codgers should stick together. I was talking to an old dude the other day who is thinking about getting back into the business and rejuvenating an overgrown orchard. This is not a young guy's hobby. All the people I see in it are pushing 60. I'm not sure why, but it's always been that way. T...
by Chuck Rhode
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Loosen Tie-Downs
Replies: 0
Views: 3328

Loosen Tie-Downs

I thought maybe last Sunday was silver-tip, but I looked again today. Hmm, I don't think so. There may be one tree that has just begun to bud out, but the season is early and cold yet, and any signs of Spring are in my imagination. All my dwarf apple trees on B9 and M26 are staked. This evening afte...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Help Apple Tree (Macintosh Dwarf)
Replies: 2
Views: 3701

Re: Help Apple Tree (Macintosh Dwarf)

It's awfully close to the fence. Do you want to train it espalier ? Maybe the fence was put in after the tree was planted, eh? It doesn't have a lot of growth yet and probably is not very valuable. I think I'd euthanize it and start over unless you're invested in it emotionally. Things to do better ...
by Chuck Rhode
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: What pest prevention/treatment should I do in Seattle
Replies: 2
Views: 3025

Re: What pest prevention/treatment should I do in Seattle

The nylon mesh you mention is called Maggot Barriers: http://www.groworganic.com/maggot-barriers-tan-144pk.html I've used these and believe they work well. You wait for fruit set and then go through the orchard, thinning by hand. If you thin your apples chemically, then probably Maggot Barriers are ...