Saturday, July 30, 2011


Another great day and weekend.
Plants growing good now.
Berries - all doing well.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Cherries - split buy rain, up to 50%
Apples and pears - sizing, finally
Peaches - down crop
Apples - mediocre
Pears - OK
Strawberry - good crop
Raspberry - lighter than normal year, poor pollination
Blueberries - just started picking, huge crop.
Blackberry - huge crop.
Spotted wing drosophila- found along River Road, Lane County, OR: as last year. has been around now for two weeks, but levels seem to be down, at this point.
Fewer codling moth, filbertworm. Cherry fruit fly showed up two weeks ago and this week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Lots of aphids and predators.
More army worms, cucumber beetles, and cutworms.
A report of pandora moths, the big fuzzy caterpillars.
Plants looking better.
Blueberries ripening.
A few strawberries ripening, some raspberries,
and blackberries - looking good.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Filbertworm and codling moth numbers going up. Control is needed the numbers being seen.
Spotted wing drosophila - more found along River Road in raspberries, so watch raspberries. Watch in black and soon blueberries.
More good weather, still cool in the AM.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Great weather.
Berries are ripening very nicely.
Fruit sizing.

Irrigation needed again.
Lawns going dormant if not watered.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another great day

Seeds planted two weeks a go are FINALLY coming up.
Tomatoes are either growing good or not.
Other warm season plants - slow.
Tomatoes showing very curled leaves = either weed and feed or Garlon applied nearby or a virus called tomato curly leaf virus.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The weather was fabulous today. I got a slight sun burn. Yeah.
Cherries split from the rain. Cherry season has been shortened. Strawberry and raspberry crop - rain has shortened the crop.
Garlic is ready to harvest. The rain will make tomato pollination longer as it washed a lot of pollen away.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weather guess

Monday July 18
The latest berry harvest season in the past 40 years was 1984, when marion blackberries were harvested from July 13 through Aug 26. The tardiness this year has easily broken that amazing record, as marion harvest should kick-off around July 20-21. A clipping system may arrive Monday July 26 to cool things and threaten showers over NW WA for a day or so; not a threat to OR at this time. Overall, the PNW should remain seasonal and warm in the July 27-30 period. Some cloudiness possible. Model bring on some warmer temperatures in the July 31 to Aug 4 period. Can it be? -Rufus

Sunday, July 17, 2011

More rain

With the warm rain, diseases will be rampant.
Copper or sulfur may be needed ASAP, especially on tomatoes.
Apple and pear scab is rampant also.
Rusts and mildews will continue.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

More rain

More rains means - no irrigation for a few days. Weeds are loving the weather and are growing great. More fruit scab, more rust. With the hot and cold, watch out for tomato late blight, with water soaked stems and brown/black leaves. If you find this, bring it to your local Extension office.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New old bug

A new old bug was found at one of the local gardens. It was a "dung beetle", which helps to compost animal manures. I haven't seen one but the literature says they are fairly common in the Willamette Valley. A great find GRG.


Bugs are still in the low amounts.
So far low numbers of cucumber beetles, corn earworm, cabbage looper but lots of moths; few variegated cut worms; with diamond back moths on the increase. Aphids are large on red cabbage but not green cabbage.
Some damage due to codling moth in early apples. Cherry fruit fly found in cherries. Still no spotted wing drosophila. SWD expected any day. For more info go to: OSU SWD

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Rain. It rained almost 1/2 inch in places.
Finding cherry fruit flies in cherries.
Veges still slow growing.
If you have oak trees, look for the jumping oak gall which is 1 millimeter, very small but they really jump. The tiny galls are all over oak tree leaves. The insect inside is a wasp larvae. They jump, in an effort to move into soil cracks where they will pupate and emerge as tiny wasps next spring.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


I am doing a little tracking and 30 people have visited the site since Friday night. Cool. I ma easily entertained. :)
Irrigate this weekend or Monday.
Apples really getting big. See if they need thinning again.
Knock on woo, insects still not many showing up. Some people have had cucumber beetle and flea beetle but the phone calls have not b33n bad in this area.
Eat strawberries, cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Apples that are bumpy and crinkled, their is another cause, it is the rosy apple aphid.

Friday, July 8, 2011


Strawberries - doing well. Red raspberries - ripe. Black raspberries - small and slow to ripen. Red and black gooseberries - excellent crop and ready to pick. Blackberries - huge bloom and crop. Apples, pears and peaches sizing. Early apples - almost two inches already. Cherries - time to pick. Veges - still slow growing. Peas - doing very well. Tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins - just not growing very well.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


The weather as been really, over 80 degrees.
Water the garden, go to the EWEB site and look up ET
evapo-transpriation or how much water is transpiring per
day or needs to be replaced.
Keep planting. Many tomatoes still slow growing.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th July

We honor those who have helped to keep us free.
Great day to be with family and friends.
Irrigate the garden, soil was dry today.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


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Friday, July 1, 2011


Grapes are growing nicely, and are starting to flower or will soon. They are really late this year so grape harvest may be in late August to the cool fall.

Crinkly apples can be caused by a disease...or by rosy apple aphids, which are reddish. Each problem can often have many answers.