Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The pitiful peach

The pits Not needing too much crème Peaches and Crème James and the Giant Peach? It is quiet on this Monday AM... my Sweetie announced to me his distraught ness over the Peach plague. Now that I am awake I will venture out before the roofers return to put the second layer of MUD on the light wells. I feel sure the spring freeze had a bit to do with the decline of this tree as well as weeks with little rain. We did purchase another one for our wee Orchard. But it could be most peach trees sold by nurseries are grafted cultivars. The trees are prone to a disease called leaf curl, which usually does not directly affect the fruit but does reduce the crop yield by partially defoliating the tree. The fruit is very susceptible to brown rot.


Ki said...

Our peaches don't even look that good. They're only the size of an apricot and already bitten many times as there are lots of brown spots on each fruit. What the bugs don't get unfortunately fungus will. I refuse to spray with pesticides. Besides our small pond is nearby and the overspray would probably kill all the fish.

DeeMom said...

We do not use pesticides either. I am thinking what my Grammy used worked, old soapy dish water…not sure the effect on the pond…might be worth looking into KI.


What you need for this is just soapy water. Collect some of the soapy water in a pan and pour it into a watering can or even use a pitcher to pour it over the plants. If you want to make your solution even stronger, mix three tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water and use this solution weekly. Many bugs just can’t tolerate the taste of soapy water.

Ki said...

Thanks for the tip deemom. It will have to wait 'til next year because the fruit is probably already too damaged to save.