Saturday, April 16, 2016

This week

Off to Tajikistan to share pruning knowledge with the villagers there. My posts may be fewer for two weeks depending in internet and coverage. More to come!

Friday, April 8, 2016


Spring weather for now, actually more than spring weather
with temps in the up 70's.
Pears and apples coming into full bloom.
Prunes - blooming.
Hazelnut - leafing out.  The less rain means less eastern filbert
sprays to apply.
Peaches - near done blooming.
Lawn - mowed three times already.

Peony - expanding buds.
Tulips - full wonder.
Noxious weed, less celandine (Ficaria verna) blooming so it is easy to ID
and remove from the landscape.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Myanmar 2016

Only a few more hours and  start my long trip back to the US, by way of Hong Kong, San Fran and then Eugene.

This time the USAID work was thru an organization called Winrock, and I volunteer thru the farmer to farmer  program - helping people to grow food.

The big event was helping the growers - 47 to learn how to do grafting and how to do budding.  I would draw no the board what needed to be done, but showing how to graft,  was difficult to a large crowd, so I would wonder around and show small groups how to do the grafting cuts; then later the budding cuts.  Almost everyone did a really good job.  I was very proud that they understand and then were able to do the proper techniques.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Phunom, Myanmar

The orchards in Phunom are on hills with at least a 50 degree slope.  Almost impossible to walk up or down.  The trees are pretty short so they didn’t need a lot of pruning.

The road to Phunom from either Teddim or Kalay, is on the top of the ridge, shale; and there are landsides everywhere.  You can see where the road has fallen off or is starting to move.  The road is 2 lanes but mainly ½ a lane.  So you get to drive …very… close… to… the side of the road, and in looking down, it is a long, way to the bottom of the canyon.  In most places, the bottom is ½ to over a mile straight down.

We drove the road six times without any incidents.

Now Phunom village is on one of these hillsides.  Along the roadway, houses are built on stilts so the houses can hang over the edge of the road.  Some had a 30 foot drop.

I was told there would be 35 in the classes.  40-47 showed up.  So the last day, everyone got a grafting knife.  I had to pull out every knife I had since there were 12 extra people.  There were 5 villages so each village got a Corona saw.  I only brought three pruners so the host, the interpreter and the local Extension agent got a long handled pruner that they were to SHARE with others.  The people were happy campers.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


The western tent caterpillar webpage at the PNW Nursery IPM website has been updated because the egg hatch occurs at bud break of its hosts. About now. Robin


TODAY  - Yangon, Myanmar.  From my hotel window I could see where there used to be 12 plus greenhouses, they are now in various degrees of demolition.  Workers everywhere taking down the metal frames, breaking up the concrete floor, saving the red brick and stacking the metal side panels into piles.  The size of the greenhouses looked like they were probably for flower production, like the old Chase flower garden by Autzen Stadium, which has also gone away.  This story repeats itself, again.

Now it is 6:38 pm, dark.  Two small fires are burning on the property.  Two groups of people look like they are preparing their evening meals. They live on the demolition site.  The fire was from wood from broken trees branches.  Their home – unsellable pieces of cardboard or broken metal.  They were working out in temps that ranged from 65F in the AM to 97F during the major part of the day.

7pm.  Fires are done.  The temp is a nice 84 degrees. Found out the two groups live on the property so others don’t come and rob the demo site.

Each time I come into my room after watching the workers, I turn down the air conditioning unit.  Three times now.  Does it matter, does it help?  One room out of 513 rooms, no, but I feel that I helped out a tiny bit!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Off for a while

Off to Myanmar for two weeks. Part of that time will be in the mountains without electricity. Hum, fun!!?? Commons and posts may be few.