Pat R Mann

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We had a mild winter and wet spring here in Seattle as well, and I've also got beginning rust on my garlic.

I remove affected leaves, since the rust can be transmitted from current infection sites.

It overwinters on volunteer / wild allum plants, so you can try and remove any of those in the vicinity of your next year's planting site.
2 years ago
Jeremy, can you explain your strategic pruning approach a bit more? Since peaches only bear on last year's growth, I don't see how any pruning could result in more fruit in the same year - though it can stimulate growth that will result in more peaches the following year.
2 years ago
Peaches and apricots are dicey in this area. Cherries also increasingly problematic due to Spotted Wing Drosophila.
2 years ago
I'm also trying to grow peach in the PNW and am experiencing the same symptoms. The tree was super vigorous and healthy last year, now it's really sad looking. I blame it on the rain during blossom.
Definitely not curl; maybe brown rot or some other fungal infection.
I'm giving it a bit more time to see if it bounces back. If not, I think I'll replace it with a tree that does better in our wet spring climate.
2 years ago
Walter's system makes sense to me, since it avoids the potential pitfalls, i.e.
- smothering existing roots
- raising the soil level around the trunk
- cutting the shallow feeder roots

I wonder if this constrains the growth potential of the tree, since feeder roots often grow well beyond the drip line. But in a backyard situation that might actually be desirable to limit the size of the tree.
3 years ago
You have to have bats in the area to start with ... then placement seems to be very important in getting them to accept your house.
I like the Dourson/MacGregor bat house:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/178384835212813768/
Easy to build and easier to mount than the older style boxes.
3 years ago
$300 is a reasonable price tag that I would consider ... if it weren't for the data analytics subscription. Right now you don't provide any cost estimate for that. Also, will I benefit from ongoing improvements to analytics over time?
3 years ago
Great idea - this could really help move non-invasive bee-keeping practices forward.
Can you monitor more than one hive with a single unit? The cost seems prohibitive for large-scale monitoring, but it should still be very useful for sampling; and for advancing understanding of hive behavior.
3 years ago
Thanks for the excellent information Julia.

Personally, I've had measles, mumps, and chicken pox - I assume the vaccines weren't widely available yet when I was a kid. I did get vaccinated against polio and small pox.

I doubt that having gone through these illnesses made me any healthier. But I do believe that a childhood spent playing outdoors, and parents that were not germophobic, helped me acquire a good immune system.
3 years ago
Yes, that apple is just a single data point. But it lends credence to the idea that by carefully choosing your seedlings and/or hybrid parents, you greatly improve the odds of ending up with at least a decent apple. I expect further results to be published on that blog soon.
3 years ago