Yesterday I finished the first round of tree care; inspecting and spraying the fruit and nut trees here at Greenshire. I used a mix of water, hydrogen peroxide, and soap. The peroxide helps against blight, leaf spot, leaf curl, and a host of other issues. Last year some of our nectarine and peach leaves curled so we picked and burned the affected leaves (roughly 1/3 of them), then sprayed with peroxide and there was no further curling that year.

The soap is used because it kills soft bodied insects on contact. We have had problems with some type of hoverfly, aphids, and some kind of slimy worm, so hopefully the spraying will at least keep them in check. The mixture is half 3% peroxide, half water, and a squirt of liquid soap.

It’s best to start a spraying regimen just as the tree buds are starting to break but before they’ve leafed out. The hazelnuts, nectarines, and some of the cherry trees and apple buds had already started leafing out a bit but I got everything else in time.

 

A TREE BUD STILL IN DORMANCY

 

Our nectarines, some of the cherries, peaches, and one of our russian almonds have all set flower buds that are either starting to or have already begun opening up! Now, I’m not going to count my fruit before it ripens because a number of possibilities still stand in the way of a harvest but it’s  exciting to see nonetheless. Especially at this time of year!

When they’re in full bloom I’ll post pictures of our trees but until then here are a few images thanks to some kind photographers and Wikipedia…

PEACH FLOWERS

 

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

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NECTARINE FROM BUD TO FRUIT

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A RUSSIAN ALMOND IN FULL FLOWER

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