Insects and Apples – 2022 Guide

Each year, insects continue to challenge apple growers in western North Carolina. Marvin Owings, Extension director of the Henderson County Center, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, said county growers deal most with Lepidoptera type insects such as codling moths and oriental fruit moths as well as a different pest called plum curculio. Codling moth Jim … Read more

What to Plant in Your Keto Vegetable Garden – 2022 Guide

Okay, I confess it, I adore seed indexes. No, just watching an online website but a FACTUAL, in print paper seed catalog with 20 assortments of pumpkins, berry shrubberies of all kinds, and sheets of propositions on herbs and seasonings. In general, they start incoming in the middle of January when we’ve remained frozen in … Read more

Fruit Trees: Thinning Young Fruit to Prevent Maintenance – 2022 Guide

Fruit trees often set more fruit than they can support or develop adequately, especially if the trees were not properly pruned during the previous season. Excessive fruit competes with each other for carbohydrates (stored energy) and remains small. This carbohydrate drain, or “sink,” can also weaken the tree and make it more susceptible to pests … Read more

Critter Control: Pests in Blueberries – 2022 Guide

A healthy plant possibly means fewer insects Like most anywhere in the USA, fruits, and vegetables are grown in the Danville, Virginia, area, and occasionally, growers will inquire about growth problems to local Extension agent Stuart Sutphin. However, when it comes to blueberries, the silence is deafening. “I know people around here raise blueberries,” he said, … Read more