Agriculture

  1. Apple maggot and codling moth

    A bowl of gravenstein apples showing the effects of coddling moth larva. The larvae feed especially on the protein rich seeds, which explains why the core of the cut apples have been almost completely eaten away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Monitor both apple maggot and coddling moth traps to determine when insect populations are increasing throughout the fruit development season...
  2. Container Plant Care in May

    Container Plant Care in May
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Water and fertilize regularly to keep up with the needs of actively growing plants. Allow citrus to dry out somewhat between each watering, but keep figs and bamboo evenly moist. If a plant regularly wilts in the afternoon but the container always seems to have enough moisture in it move the container so it is protected...
  3. Check Your Irrigation Systems

    Check Your Irrigation Systems
    Irrigation equipment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Now is a good time to look over stored irrigation equipment and order replacement parts. Make sure you have a plan for irrigating new plantings this year and order additional parts if needed. All new plantings need at least some irrigation in their first summer, unless you receive about 1” of rainfall every week...
  4. Planting and Growing Raspberries

    Planting and Growing Raspberries
    Raspberries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Raspberries are typically grown in a two foot wide row. Prepare the soil for planting by first clearing weeds in a 3-4’ wide strip the length you are planning to plant. Put a 3-4” thick layer of composted manure (cow, steer, or other ruminants, not chicken) or leaf mold on the surface of the row...
  5. Dormant season pruning continues in February

    Dormant season pruning continues in February
    English: Pruning the vines (Photo credit: Wikipedia) See the Raintree Plant Owners Manual for basic pruning information, or check out our selection of pruning books. Finish pruning grapes, kiwis, figs, maples, and other heavy sap producers this month, before the weather starts to warm, to avoid excess bleeding from the wounds. Prune stone fruits (plum, cherry, peach, apricot, and almond) after...
  6. Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden

    Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden
    Homeowners are encouraged to test their soils for nutrient needs, and to apply only what nutrients are needed for a healthy lawn. Farmers practice the same testing procedure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How well did your plants grow for you last year? A soil test might be needed if you noticed last years’ growth was weak, off-color (red summer leaves...
  7. Planting and growing raspberries

    Planting and growing raspberries
    English: Raspberries Français : Framboises Deutsch: Himbeeren Nederlands: Frambozen ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Bringebær Italiano: Lamponi Română: Zmeure Suomi: Vadelmia Svenska: Hallon Magyar: Málna Español: Frambuesas Azərbaycan: Moruq Português: Framboesa Tiếng Việt: Quả mâm xôi chín. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Raspberries are typically grown in a two foot wide row. Prepare the soil for planting by first clearing weeds in a 3-4’...
  8. Dormant season pruning continues in February

    Dormant season pruning continues in February
    Some Pruning tools that can be used to maintain a garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Dormant season pruning continues. See the Raintree Plant Owners Manual for basic pruning information, or check out our selection of pruning books. Finish pruning grapes, kiwis, figs, maples, and other heavy sap producers this month, before the weather starts to warm, to avoid excess bleeding from the...

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