Saturday, July 17, 2010
Rather than typing out something that is already written everywhere and written in a much better fashion than I can do, I will just give a couple links to the sources that I use when I need to reference a manual.
The first link has many ways to can tomatoes, from whole to juice and soups. http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/nutrition/dj1097.html
The second link is to a very well put together picture tutorial from start to finish. The site has tutorials on canning many other types of fruit and veggies too.
The following two pictures are of damage done to a plant in approximately 24 hours by worms. The worms have tell tale signs that they leave behind on the leaves. Large holes and chunks are generally gone from the plant and there is almost always worm poop left behind. The poops generally show up near the stalk and where leaves attach. The poops are little round balls that are black. When finding worm damage the easiest control method is to physically inspect each plant carefully. This means looking at the tops and bottoms of every leaf on all of the plants. The worms get very large and ugly if allowed to and will decimate a crop in short order.
Friday, July 16, 2010
The peach tree here is on a slow suicide mission. The poor thing is so laden with peaches that her branches are just snapping off. This also happened the last time she had loads of fruit but most years she only puts on a handful of peaches and they get eaten by bugs. This year however is different and while the poor tree gets uglier and uglier each day from breakage the fruit on it is astounding.