Monday, August 26, 2013
This Reliance peach finally came into it's own this third year. Hundreds of perfect peaches for eating and freezing. We made a fantastic peach and blueberry pie last week and I hope for many more this winter.
The first two years it immediately got peach leaf curl as soon as the leaves came out and I finally resorted to some copper sulfate last fall. Put on after the leaves are off, it smothers the fungus while it is dormant.
Usually I wouldn't resort to such treatment, but having tried cherries, apples, plums and pears...I realized that fruits take some extra care and you have to be willingly to put the effort in. The reward has been worth the effort!
PS: the Cherry tree that gets completely and totally decimated by Japanese Beetles every year so that not one leaf is left will be transplanted next year far down in the garden in hopes that the beetles will all fly down to that end of the yard. (Apparently this is an actual pest management technique as told to me bya gardening mentor Carl Sargent.)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Here are a few of the best pictures from the season that haven't been shown yet here at Woodside Farm. Though we aren't through yet, there is so much I haven't posted. Before all the photos include fall color and harvest, I thought I would put these up. Click on the link below to view them.
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Tomato Horn Worm|
|Papaver rhoeas- Corn Poppy|
The two poppies I have are totally different. The Papaver rhoeas is light and airy, with dark green, fringed leaves with small heads. One plant will continue to bloom for more than a month though and that bright red can be seen from across a field. The other poppy is a classic Papaver somniferum with a light purple flower with yellow insides. This poppy has a grey leaf that is rigid and sturdy and is a very upright plant. It looks great sprinkled in among peonies and catmint. Yes, this poppy is a type of opium poppy, but the heads are small in comparison to those grown for that market.
Next spring think about what seedlings you are weeding and how they will look amongst things you planned. Careful editing can bring the most exciting results!