First came peach leaf curl. Then came silverleaf.

We spent the week going through all our peaches and nectarines to take out all the infected leafs shoots, put them in plastic bags courtesy of shopping at New World, before dumping them into a drum which is later on incinerated.

While going through with the cultural control, we spotted some trees are down with silverleaf as well. That’s not fun. But on the brighter side, peaches and nectarines were never meant to be the main crops this season, or the next. That said, its easier to control when the number is minimal.

Peach leaf curl… usually controlled by one or two cover spray during bud burst. We had one cover spray on, but we still get it. Why? The optimal infection period is during cool, wet weather during bud burst, and rain helps a lot. Plus our trees are rather high, we wanted to bring them back down but we can’t do away with all the height in one year, that means the sprayer may have some trouble getting to the top tiers. We have also had peach leaf curl last season, which means that the spores are still around. We should have do away with two cover sprays instead of one. In the meantime, we are taking out all the infected leafs shoots now and we will do it again during fruit thinning. We’ll be getting copper lime on post harvest and two cover spray during bud burst after this to properly control the disease.

Silverleaf… the only way to prevent it is to always paint the cuts with Bacseal, we tried Garrison and we absolutely hate the runny blue stuff. We did that, but somehow we still got it. This disease is spread through wind blown spores landing on fresh wounds in winter or spring. I looked into Novachem and I found two products that would be useful for a curative measure. Vinevax Bio-inoculant Implant (Trichoderma harzianum) and Treet (2-hydroxybenzoic acid).  The first one is a beneficial fungus which can be used from early spring to autumn while the other is a fungicide which can be used post harvest through to late dormant.

This is such a pain, that’s why we love our apricots, cherries and wine grapes so much! Yet, we are still going to look after all the trees in our orchards with much tender loving care for they feed us and put food on our plates.

Our orchards on beautiful lands. I used to hike up the hills, but nowadays I just ride up with the quadbike. And yes, those beautiful gorse on the lower frame, smells like shea butter that ladies smear all over themselves. Flower thrips love them, but the wind will blow them into the orchards to land on the peaches and nectarines. Thrips only does damage to nectarines fruit during fruitset and you have to spray for them during flowering. However, the insecticides that you have to put on is harmful to bees when wet. We are not putting on the spray, but instead choose to monitor for them before we spray, so far, the thrips have stayed on the gorse flowers, they like yellow more than pink.

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