Michael’s Apples Releases February 2014 Fruit Tree Care and Gardening Newsletter


I’m back in Reno and a little late with the newsletter, but here it is. Turning on the TV now to watch the Superbowl…I hear that this year they hired someone who can actually sing to do the Star Spangled Banner!

Here’s the newsletter:


I have bare root fruit trees for sale again this spring. Contact me at michael@michaelsapples.com to receive the list, prices, and other info.

The annual Gardening in Nevada: A Master Gardener Miniseries starts February 4. 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 4. I will give the Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees talk on March 4, same time, same venue. The complete schedule for all the talks is available at:  http://www.growyourownnevada.com/horticulture-programs/gardening-in-nevada-bartley-ranch

The annual Nevada Small Farm Conference is Thursday through Saturday, February 21 to 23, in Sparks, NV, this year at the Nugget. For information go to: http://nevadafarmconference.com

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 yet set, 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 aphidsearly 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.


Revised 2/2/2014