I thought I would take a few minutes to show you how things are progressing here in East Tennessee. I went fishing this morning and when I came back home it was a beautiful sun shiny day just perfect for videoing the orchards and the woodland. Just ignore the small section at the first where I forgot to turn the cam corder off when I was moving. I hope you can identify the shrooms in the woods that I shot. I wish all of you could be here in East Tennessee right now. Enjoy the colors.
Beautiful orchard and I'm envious. We're just getting ours started and have a Red or Golden Delicious Apple (gift from an aunt), a Sttayman Winesap Apple and just last year added an unidentified Peach tree from the same aunt that gave us our first apple tree.
Gotta start somewhere, right?
This year, we're adding a Goji Berry, 3 different Currants (white, red and black) Josta Berry and 2 Gooseberries.
This peach growing is just a carryover from my younger days when I did it commercially. I only have 200 trees now, and most of those are just coming into heavy bearing. I do enjoy fooling with fruit trees and I hope I can make the ginseng do as well as I did growing peaches.
I,m glad that someone can recognize these woodland plants. Some of them I am familiar with and many are above my knowledge level.
I hope that you have good results with your fruit orchard and I hope that it leads to some growing knowledge of seng. You'll find that the Stayman Winesap Apple is the best all around that you have in your orchard.
Good evening Latt,
Yes, you do have to spray in most places for the fungus and bacterial diseases that attack peaches. It seems that some places get by without having to do this as much as other places. I think TN gets by a little better than I do. It is real important to spray right now as the blooms are showing \"pink tips and beginning to open. Funginex or Funginil are some of the best products that you can buy over the counter. Three(3) of these sprays are needed from Pink Tip until Petal Fall. That is about a two week period or a little more if you have real cool weather. After the bloom and shuck fall off, you would use the Home Orchard Fruit Sprays that have Captan in them . You can alternate with wettable Sulfur. The Funginex will control Alterneria Blight on Ginseng as well and Phytophtera. It is Systemic and can control for 4 weeks. Since this board generally promotes growing ginseng wild, I would just mention that when you might have severe weather problems or outbreaks of diseases that you would use these products. My plan, as I have mentioned, is to use them early in the life of the plants and then try to get to a more natural method of growing it. I just hate the thought of losing so much each year when I can do something about it.I will probably only be able to do this on my woodlots close to the house. Lugging a sprayer around in the mountains is probably not much fun.