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Monday, June 6, 2011

Orchard todo Tuesday June 6

I will be at the orchard tomorrow a bit late so if someone who has keys can be there early to open it would be great.

I will be shifting to my personal email address at the end of the month so emails from this email address may be gone. That will be Extremehort@aol.com

We need to pick up fallen fruit on the ground the very first thing to keep some insects at bay such as dried fruit beetle. That can be started immediately when you arrive.

Fruit in the cooler needs to be brought out for sale and new fruit picked needs to go in the cooler if not sold. Wind levels have to be below 2 mph (slight movement of leaves on trees).

Sprays: calcium needs to be sprayed on the Comice pear and Mutsu apples to prevent corky spot and bitter pit, spinosad on the nectarines for thrips control and preventing fruit scarring and insecticidal soap on the vegetable plots as a general purpose spray. The insecticidal soap is called Empede in the pesticide shed.

Phone messages need to be retrieved first thing tomorrow and responded to. The voice message needs to be changed as well to reflect what is available. Those on phone duty: you can retrieve phone messages left at the orchard from your home phone provided the phone is left on at the orchard. To do this send me an email and I will walk you through it.

Everyone needs to sign in the volunteer log and sign out when you leave.
All visitors need to sign in the orchard visitor log.
All phone calls need to be logged in the phone log.

• Irrigate
• Pick up fallen fruit
• Bring out fruit from cooler for sale
• Spray calcium, spinosad, empede,
• Return phone calls left on orchard phone
• Someone needs to be present on the phones the entire time we are there and greet visitors (very important)


  1. Head's up! I found bagrada bugs on one of my tomato plants.

  2. Thanks, Marie. This insect was reported here last year by Diane Greene, a local producer (Herbs by Diane) in Boulder City, NV. This insect was reported in southern California and Arizona previously so this is a good post. A very good series of pictures of this insect is published online by the University of California Riverside and can be found at http://cisr.ucr.edu/bagrada_bug.html