I love the idea of fruit trees. Yesterday, I wandered out in the backyard multiple times, unable to resist the ripe apricots. We planted the apricot tree four years ago (I think), and it is just now really taking off in its production. It's still a small tree, but it is covered in ripe, tasty apricots.
|No, I didn't do a very good job thinning apricots this year.|
While I've had success with apricots, both this year and in the past at another house, I don't have as good of a track record with apples. The trees seem to produce buggy apples. The first thought is, well spray the trees! That would probably work, if I remembered to do that at the appropriate time. However, I don't remember the dormant oil spray until it is too late. So, what can I do? Google to the rescue!
I saw the idea of bagging apples, using plastic sandwich bags. I cut two corners off for ventilation (but won't the bugs get in that way? I guess we'll find out.) Then I placed each bag over a developing fruit, and zipped up the bag. The result now is a ridiculous-looking tree that hopefully will produce good, bug-free fruit. I'll let you know in the fall how it worked.
Do you grow fruit? Do you have any tips for me?
Thanks for new-to-me ideas!