Sunday, February 27, 2011


Mites. This speckling of the leaves is it. Malcolm Campbell helped me confirm it this morning, They've been everywhere this season - stone fruit, roses, tomatoes. The low impact way is natrasoap, medium is confidor. Kelthane is the miticide, and I thought it was the one chemical I didn't have, then I found a bottle of miticide wiith the same active ingredient (Dicofol) in it. So this season I think I'll be going with the sledgehammer. A bit of a shame.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lotsa Nashis

Nice to pick 1.5 kg of Nashis a day when we want them. Getting those nets over the trees really paid off this year.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Nashis and White Plums

The fruit shopping might be cheaper this week. 3kg of fruit, without even trying. I'm drying basil, and the dehydrator got a workout on some plums earlier today too.

Mitigates the $800 water bills I get for this hobby I suppose.
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Next year's woolly bear caterpillar

Those big furry caterpillars in winter? This is what they become - the fairly nondescript tiger moth. Just happens to be sitting on my - apparently ornamental - bed of marigolds.

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