Michaels Apples Releases February 2013 Fruit Tree Care Newsletter


Note from Michael: We are back in Reno from TX/MX. I brought back a nasty sore throat and can’t talk yet. I’ll be calling everyone who had question about trees, consults, and pruning as soon as I can talk and we’ll set up appointments.

The Gardening in Nevada Series starts next Tues and the Nevada Small Farm conference is in late Feb; details and links in the newsletter, below:


  • I have bare root fruit trees for sale again this spring.
  • The annual Gardening in Nevada: A Master Gardener Miniseries starts February 5. The talks are given each Tuesday in February and March by Master Gardener volunteers, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bartley Ranch (off Lakeside, south of South McCarran). I will be giving the Training and Pruning Fruit Trees on Tuesday, February 12. I will give the Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees talk on March 5, same time, same venue.
  • The annual Nevada Small Farm Conference is Thursday through Saturday, February 21 to 23, in Sparks, NV, this year at the Nugget. I’ll be giving a talk on growing fruit trees and berries and recommended varieties for northern Nevada on Saturday morning from 10:45 am to 12:00 noon.
  • I will also be giving the Pruning Fruit Trees talk for the UNR Cooperative Extension Grow Your Own, Nevada! Series which starts in April. The Grow Your Own, Nevada! website is a great resource; bookmark or save it to your favorites.
  • I will be holding grafting classes again this year. The cost will be $40 per person. I’ll provide apple rootstocks, scions, and grafting materials; participants will go home with 6 grafted baby apple trees. The dates and locations are not certain yet, but will be in April on the weekends. Detailed information will be in the March newsletter.
  • My garden soil is moist and frozen on the north side of the house and in the shaded areas. Continue to monitor soil moisture once a month.
  • Although not necessary until spring bud swell to ¼” green tip, I like to attack aphids early by applying a winter application of dormant oil spray to my fruit trees; the oil smothers the over-wintering aphid eggs. The mild weather this weekend provides us with a good opportunity for this spray if no precipitation is in the forecast for at least 48 hrs after you spray. Follow label directions. Most garden supply shops carry dormant oil in a pint or quart size.
  • Attention garlic lovers. Now is the time to order fancy garlic varieties for delivery and planting in September/October. Thanks to tip from fellow gardener Mr. Ed Klemish in Winnemucca, we have a website for gourmet garlic bulbs to order now and start this fall (they early bird gets the Spanish Roja and other high demand varieties. Filaree Farm in Okanogan, Washington, www.filareefarm.com has over 100 varieties of garlic!!!  The website contains a wealth of information about garlic; they sell large bulbs for seed and smaller bulbs for consumption. Order early to get the varieties you want.
  • I am available and scheduling pruning jobs and consults starting in late February. I’ll start pruning peaches and nectarines in March.  I appreciate any and all business and referrals. Thanks.


Revised 1/31/13