This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

not my year for apples

ugly apple

Last year I carefully covered all 5 of the apples on my little Fugi tree with stockings. They ripened perfectly and were delicious. But, not being convinced that this was necessary, I left them uncovered this year. Hmmm. All four apples this look terrible. I don't know what caused this. But I think I'll cover them next year.



Blogger Rebecca said...

Hmm...just a guess, but it kind of looks like apple maggot fly damage. The disfiguring is caused when the flies puncture the apples to deposit eggs. Poor apples!

October 24, 2009 6:58 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I guess that means I do not want to slice them and look inside... I was kind of hoping if I peeled off the ugly skin they would be nice inside.

October 24, 2009 7:33 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

After returning from a week-long vacation I visited my favorite BLOG. I was so pleased to see all the new additions since I'e been gone. I must compliment you on all the hard work that you are doing to keep us all informed on all these garden problems that you experience. Keep it up. we love reading about your problems and solutions.

October 24, 2009 9:48 PM

Blogger hip chick said...

Are there other apple growers in your area? Perhaps you could bring a sample to a more established orchard and ask for some advice.

October 25, 2009 4:56 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

If taking a sample for someone to look at, seal it in a plastic bag to prevent any critters getting into their orchard. But you probably already know this.

October 25, 2009 7:52 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I'll just throw them in the compost bin.

October 25, 2009 2:54 PM

Anonymous Stella said...

Yes, it is definitely apple maggot. That's a great photo, byt the way.

Be on the look out early enough (mid summer) to protect fruit next year. Although some years infestations are worse than others and some varieties more susceptible, you will have to control regularly in the future. Apple maggot is hard to control organically; nothing really effective. However, you can monitor with yellow sticky boards to at least alert you to when the fly starts appearing and looking for fruit to lay eggs in.


Backyard Orchardsit

October 29, 2009 1:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I didn't get around to composting them and they're gone now. I bet the squirrels found them.

October 31, 2009 5:33 PM


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