This year, I’m trying several approaches with the fruit trees.
- I’m trying to bag the table grapes to see if that will help with the fruit rot they suffered last year. I read that grapes self-fertilize (like tomatoes and peppers) so bagging them early, while in flower or just after petal-fall will help minimize fungal infection as well as deter attention from insect/bird/animal pests. I’m using waxed paper bags for these.
- The bagged ones were not sprayed, though spraying with fungicide is said to improve results (I did just this morning find my copper fungicide so I may spray-and-bag the remaining fruit trusses)
- It’s hard to see in the photo, but unbagged ones were sprayed with Surround for the time being.
- For apples, there is an overwhelming recommendation to just use plastic zip bags with corners cut off. I’ve sprayed the unbagged ones with Surround this morning. I might still try the nylon booties (apparently they have better results if soaked first with Surround)
- I found out that the zip bags won’t fit over peaches with their shorter stems. For now, I’ve sprayed them with Surround, but may go back to protecting them with plastic sandwich and berry clamshells since chipmunks and squirrels go after them when they are close to ripening. (I may also switch up to clamshells for the apples to protect them from animal marauders later.)
- While I had the sprayer loaded, I’ve started spraying Surround on my tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings as well as cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels Sprouts which are attracting unwanted attention from the Cabbage whites and cabbage moths. I need to get the powder form of Bt since I can’t stand the smell of the liquid. I also need to *find* my bolt of tulle so I can cover them up in a tent.
- Although I did add a small amount of sticker, Surround tended to bead and roll off of the crucifer leaves. I have to decide if I want to/can use more sticker when spraying them. Surround has a way of drying into eye-blinding WHITE... and peach fuzz tomatoes, etc. look more
than adequately covered.... maybe spray the waxy plants on a separate day so as not to confuse the concentration of sticker.....