Everyone has their stories, right. This fruit and that fruit, outside temperatures, fungus, leaf eaters, leaf hoppers, beetles, moths, root rot disease and the list goes on and on. While Figs are easy to grow and they produce, even they have the shiny green wobbly fig beetles. Now those damned bastards always seem to run into me in the garden and buzz around my head and when they do get personal, they also get squished or stomped on. I don’t take crap from commie liberals and I certainly don’t take it from the green bastards, no matters whether they can fly or not.
One of the oldest garden sayings is a spider is a gardner’s best friend and that includes a black widow as well. Mainly they eat the other harmful insects so when I see a spider on one of my orchard trees, I leave them be. The only time I will get rid of a spider is if it’s near a door or inside the house and even then I like to get them in a slippery glass for the nearby outside bush.
Anyhow, let’s talk Apples. I find that in North America while apples will grow, they are such high maintenance and there are so many pests and diseases including the dreaded no-cure “Fire Blight,” not to mention coddling moth; that growing apples is quite difficult and aggravating. Commercial growers have of course many options on the table for their businesses, but for a small home orchard, there are many scary things going on that can cause lots of issues. From the first apple blossom to an actual apple is quite a long period of time. We are talking about 6 months and along this path, many obstacles lie. Thus, apples while a norm in the USA are also one of the most demanding crops to bear. I am including some videos here for you to watch and listen to.
And now the pests…
After watching the next video, you’ll never eat an apple quite as you did again :p
And a deadly disease called Fire Blight for which no cure currently exists except for heavy pruning and care.
and finally, getting back to those delicious apple varieties 😀