[nafex] Organic spraying of fruit trees?
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sat Feb 11 11:13:13 EST 2012
Yes, you really need to identify first what the problem is -- not only
insect or disease, but also which insect(s) and/or disease(s). Most
organic solutions are fairly specific.
I hadn't heard of paw paw as a spray. I just tried looking it up, and
wonder whether it's the paw paw or the soap in the recipe I found
that's doing the job (presuming that it is doing the job, that is.)
-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
On Feb 11, 2012, at 11:03 AM, Ginda Fisher wrote:
> What is the goal of your spraying? That is, what are you trying to
> protect against?
> If it's bugs, zip-lock bags provide pretty good protection for pomes
> (apples, pears) but tend to rot stone fruits. Of course, they don't
> do anything to protect against squirrels, raccoons, or deer. The zip-
> lock bag also provide some protection against fungal diseases,
> because they are a physical barrier between the fruits and the
> spores. Clip off the corners so that water doesn't collect in the
> eastern MA, zone 6, with lots of squirrels, raccoons, and deer.
> On Feb 11, 2012, at 10:56 AM, Steven Covacci wrote:
>> Is there an organic (one that will not harm wildlife, such as
>> amphibians) solution for spraying fruit-crop trees (apples/pears,
>> stone-fruits, etc.)?
>> Is paw-paw (Asimina) a legitimate solution? I know that even this
>> is toxic to fish (and I have no doubt toxic to amphibians).
>> Anything I can do? If I don't spray, will I be able to cut away
>> damaged parts, and still eat the fruit. No extra-protein jokes lol!
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