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15 years 2 months ago #249 by beedee
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just read this..it might work
Lure away Fruit Tree Pests
Many of you must have had the odd few fruit trees in your garden from which you seldom (if ever) harvest any fruit, due to the ravages of fruitfly, codlin moth, and other pests and insects.
To beat the menace prepare a 'lure' in the following proportions:
One and a quarter pints of water; one tablespoon of ordinary household ammonia; one teaspoon of imitation vanilla essence.
Mix the three ingredients and place about three tablespoons of the mixture into an open-necked jar.
Suspend the jar in the shadiest part of the tree by means of string tied around the neck.
For best results carry out these instructions about three or four weeks before the fruit reaches maturity, and change the fruit 'lure' every week if weather is hot, or every 10 days when cooler.
William Kirk. Blackley.

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15 years 2 months ago #42125 by Ghilly
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;) I wonder if it works on chickens! Those ratbag tarts got our nectarines this year. Granted, 'tis a small tree, but they pinched what there was..... they could have had some help from the dogs as well! I tell you, we have pick pockets and thieves on this property.

Last year we had two peaches on the tree. Kim said "Oh good, one for you, one for me". The wind blew one off and Kim said "oooh look, the wind has blown YOUR peach off!" Ha! yeah? We were sitting on the deck a week or two later when we both noticed the chooks getting down to business on something.... Awww what a shame! it was Kims peach.
I stole it back and cut off where they'd been pecking and we shared two small bits each.

Our trees are only very young, less than three years old but the peach and nectarine trees have been producing small amounts and the plum tree had some fruit but the bees and birds got to them.

Those nasty 'christmas beetles' have been getting at my raspberries along with ants. The ants go between two berries and ruin them.

Actually, I find that any damage to any fruit usually attracts the ants and before you even know the fruit is ripe it's been got at by the sneaky beasties.

The pickpockets mentioned are the goats. They dehead any rose that happens to get within reach. Earwigs are another big hassle. I hate them. They seem to congregate en masse is some places. I even found an albino earwig. It reminded me of that rat on 'A Dogs' tale/tail' Footrot flats movie. Nasty looking thing.

We're all done with fruit on trees for the season. The apple tress are too small to produce anything yet. The lemon and tangelo are fruiting up for the winter though. Still a few frazzled raspberries trying to ripen. Tumnus and Song were in luck today when a big stem broke off while I was mowing. They love raspberry plants.

Yakut

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15 years 2 months ago #42135 by Llew
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Heh - our dog has a fancy for any apples, plums, avacadoes & pears she can find or reach.

Luckily she brings them to show me so I can take the avacadoes away & de-stone them (and she gets them served with her dinner).

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15 years 2 months ago #42160 by chooky
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Labradors eh- My chooks love avos as well.

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15 years 2 months ago #42170 by Gracelands
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My cattle love mandarins. I have a tree right by the back door that produces far more than I can get through, and I throw the windfalls over the fence. They love them so much, they will actually eat them out of my hand, and they're NOT tame cattle. They also strip the grapefruit tree thats in their big paddock. Everything within tongue reach is disposed of the minute its half ripe. I'm left with only the ones really high up, or a few on my side of the fence.

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
Hans Christian Anderson

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15 years 2 months ago #42178 by ccrk9
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quote:Originally posted by Llew

Heh - our dog has a fancy for any apples, plums, avacadoes & pears she can find or reach.

Luckily she brings them to show me so I can take the avacadoes away & de-stone them (and she gets them served with her dinner).

My dogs all like my walnuts, shells and nut go down - but they crunch them up so thats OK - and they dont seem to bother about the almonds -to hard to crunch I think.

Had to fence my nectarine trees off from my 13 year old dog this year - he was seen sitting up on his bum like a Meercat pinching the fruit off the lower branches - pretty good for such a big dog:D

Just wish I had a repellant for the chickens as the keep digging my gazinias out from between the roses on the back fence!

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable
living from a small piece of land. ~ Abraham Lincoln ~

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