Kaolin Clay Sprays for Fruit Trees

Kaolin clay sprays are an important organic orchard strategy used after petal fall to repel many types of pest insects and protect trees from sunburn and high temperatures.  Kaolin clay repels pests by making the fruit tree an unsuitable environment for certain insects to land, feed and lay eggs. The tiny clay particles serve to … Continue reading Kaolin Clay Sprays for Fruit Trees

Compost Tea Sprays for Orchards

Compost tea sprays are one of the best means to improve the health and productivity of orchard trees.  There are three primary application times: 1. Early spring applications of compost tea as a soil drench are used to boost orchard soil life and fertility, resulting in healthier, more resilient and productive fruit trees. 2. Foliar … Continue reading Compost Tea Sprays for Orchards

Dormant/Horticultural Oil Sprays

Dormant Oil, also known as Horticultural Oil, is an oil that is mixed with water and a solvent such as soap and is sprayed on fruit trees and berry bushes and help to control the overwintering eggs of insects. This insects include red mites, spidermites, scale insects, pear psylla, aphids, white flies and other soft … Continue reading Dormant/Horticultural Oil Sprays

Unwrapping Figs and Pomegranates and Winter Dieback

Spring is on the way!  In the garden, it’s time for seeding the first cool season crops.  In the orchard, it’s now safe to unwrap your figs, pomegranates, and other less hardy plants from their winter protection. WINTER DIEBACK.  For the second year in a row, we had a very harsh winter in terms of … Continue reading Unwrapping Figs and Pomegranates and Winter Dieback

Fresh Figs for Cold Climates

One of the wonder’s of Philadelphia’s fine fruit-growing climate is that we can grow certain warmer climate crops like the fig. South Philly is full of decades old fig trees brought over by immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries. These trees were probably coddled in their youth, wrapped every winter as fig-growers still do in Brooklyn … Continue reading Fresh Figs for Cold Climates