One of the fun things to do with the galls as they are beginning to fall off the tree is to just bring them into the house. As the galls warm, they begin to jump and wiggle around and make a snap crackle and pop noise….
Creeping woodsorrel is a major weed in turf, ornamental plantings, gardens, and nurseries. Uninfested landscapes can become contaminated if infested container stock is used in plantings. As seed pods mature and expel seeds, creeping woodsorrel spreads from container to container, flower bed to flower bed, or across ornamental plantings and lawns....
Conventional wisdom says that aphid populations will drop when temperatures go above 100F. Well, we reached that number and then some so that is one reason to hope that the melon harvest can be saved. The second thing is that there are lots of predators and parasites available to help munch those hardy aphids that continue to survive despite the temperatures. What else could one do to manage aphids to save the melon? Well, here is my list and I am going to do these things because the reward of these perfect melons is a great motivator.
- Hose off the plants with a strong stream of water. This will clean up a lot of the honeydew and reduce the numbers of aphids on the plant. Do this in the early part of the day to avoid water droplets on the leaves during the hot part of the day. Spray them off daily if possible.
- When temperatures drop below 90F during the day, spray with an insecticidal soap, neem oil or summer weight oil and cover the undersides of the leaves as much as possible. These materials may be phytotoxic (cause damage) to some plants, so check labels and test them out on a portion of the foliage several days before applying a full treatment. These materials are considered least toxic materials and do not harm most beneficial insects that may be found on the plants.
- Where there is heavily curled foliage, prune that off to reduce the numbers of aphids that are inside the curled foliage protected from both predators and parasites and any water or pesticide sprays.
- Plan to go to the farmer’s market for great melons if my plan doesn’t work…..
For more information on aphid management in your garden go to: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7404.html to learn more.
Summer Growing Season
- Fertilize young trees monthly. Use 0.5 lb. urea or 25 lb. manure/tree/appl. Mature trees need 50% more. Water fertilizer in. If drip irrigated, do not exceed 1 oz. urea/emitter/mo.
- Drip irrigate daily or sprinkler irrigate about every 3 weeks.
- Maintain a weed free area around the base of the trees within 3' of the trunk with an organic mulch 3–4" deep.
We’ve got an exciting program coming up on August 14 at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard. Spend the day with us learning about creating and maintaining sustainable home orchards of any size. We’ll be tasting fruit, offering a hands-on demonstrations, touring Wolfskill and much more! Your registration of $45 includes lunch, fruit tastings and a pomegranate plant.
Please join us – you’ll leave prepared to start your own backyard fruit production! You can pay by credit card, download the flier, agenda and directions at http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/events/. See you there./o:p>/o:p>