Michael’s Apples Releases September 2013 Fruit Tree Care Newsletter

Michael's ApplesExcept for the smoke, the weather is fine; gardens producing and fruit ripening. Here’s the newsletter:



I’m scheduling pruning jobs starting now through November for older and overgrown apple, pear, and stone fruit trees other than peaches/nectarines. Call me at 722-6303.

Got Honey? I’ll be going out to Paradise Valley to harvest my honey crop tomorrow and will be back in Reno with the golden harvest September 6th. Call or email me to purchase honey.

Got Ginger? Ray and Virginia Johnson’s crop of baby ginger root is now being harvested and sold at their farm in Silver Springs http://www.customgardens-organic-farm.com and is also available at Whole Foods. They taught this old dog a new trick last year…slice and freeze the ginger; then thaw and use throughout the year.

Got Firewood? Call Marcus at (530) 640-2768 for juniper firewood; split and delivered to Reno area for $275/cord…you stack.

Got Berries? Jacob’s berry farm in Gardnerville is harvesting raspberries and blackberries now. Go to www.jacobsberries.com for more information.

Got compost? Nevada Gold compost, in the Red Rock area has compost this fall, contact Dale at hildelowe@rtci.net.

Got apples? If you are looking for local U-pick apples, Agape Organics in Washoe Valley will be starting their harvest season later in September. Al and Delane have several different varieties and their trees are on dwarf rootstocks and hence are kid friendly. Their schedule and information can be found at: http://www.agapeorganics.com.

The third annual Heirloom Exhibition of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and farm animals is being held in Santa Rosa, CA, September 10, 11, and 12th. I went last year with Pawl Hollis and Randy Robison and we were all awed by the vast array of varieties of everything edible. The pyramid of gourds is amazing until you see the pyramid of melons! Worth the trip and price of admission just to stroll around and look. For more info, go to: http://www.theheirloomexpo.com. For a quick visual tour, go to: http://www.theheirloomexpo.com/events/2011-martha-stewart-video

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Grow Your Own, Nevada! gardening classes will not be offered this fall due to budget cuts. The next session is scheduled for Thursdays, April 3 through May 22, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

For those of you who would like to taste many different varieties of apples and other fruits, you might want to plan a trip over the hill to Placerville or Sebastopol. The Sebastopol area has several orchards and roadside stands with Gravensteins (the area specialty) and several other varieties of apples. The Sebastopol crop ripens early but should still have apples now; try www.kozlowskifarms.com for more info. The town also hosts a cider maker www.acecider.com.

In September and October, join the crowd (hordes on weekends) at Apple Hill near Placerville. Numerous orchards have pies, cider (fresh juice), lunches, and many varieties of apples. The larger places stand out, but try some of the smaller growers on the back roads. If you’re able to get away on a weekday, you will avoid the crowds, but Apple Hill is a worthwhile trip even on a Saturday or Sunday. For more info, go to www.applehill.com.

Check your soil moisture; cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and transpiration, so adjust watering time/volume accordingly. For those readers who have lawns, fertilize in mid September to help grass promote root growth for the winter. The best way to limit future codling moth damage is to remove fallen, damaged apples a soon as possible after they fall. So, rake up those fallen apples a couple of times a week and dispose of or compost them.

All my fruit blossoms in Paradise Valley froze at the end of April, but I have a bumper crop of raspberries and good strawberry crops this year. My garden in Reno is mediocre with a 1-foot gap in fruit on the tomato plants due to the hot weather this summer. Zucchini and winter squashes are going wild.

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Good harvest.

revised 8/26/13