A non-commercial guide to organic gardening in the mid-Atlantic states, with some specifics to central Virginia..and some information applicable across the country! Or to other time zones! Across the seas! Who knew?
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden." Thomas Jefferson
Central Virginia Organic Gardener
"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798
Monday, June 25, 2012
The phrase "partial success" in gardening is about as exciting as the sports chant "We're Number 2," but partial success is what I have and partial success is what I will accept. Last summer I had just come off a more than full-time, academic-year job and had sadly neglected my garden, including my peaches. We got very few peaches and a lot of brown rot. This year, I vowed to do better or to chop them down. We extensively pruned in winter and I sprayed dormant oil. In spring, I sprayed organic caterpillar sprays and organic anti-fungals. I sprayed Surround (tm) several times during the growing season and had my husband (a great guy) thin the young peaches severely. This year, we have better yield, still too much brown rot to be happy with, but more good, whole fruit and, some damaged fruit that we can salvage. The photo above is an example of the best of the peaches- the white spots are the Surround (a kaolin clay spray that deters bugs). So, no chopping down this year. I intend to do the same routine, plus have better orchard clean up this year to reduce overwintering fungal spores and bugs. Here's to an ever better 2013 harvest!
Happy gardening! Remember to click on the podbean link and listen to my podcast, or find it through itunes: VirginiaOrganicGardener.