Just some quick photos for you tonight. It’s late and I’m totally overwhelmed with life. Being unemployed has that effect on middle-aged bread winners. My eye twitches so much I don’t even have to blink anymore.
My hand is still swollen, more so now, from yesterday’s bee sting.
In the midst of a creative block this morning during “work” I scampered outside to examine the apple trees, only to find their leaves under distress. I looked up in my tree fruit book and it looks like many of the trees have scab or pear leaf blister mites. If it’s scab I’ll need to get a fungicide at the garden center. If it’s a mite, then I sprayed the trees today with Captan Jacks Deadbug which will hopefully do the trick. I eyeballed 0.25 oz of concentrate to go with 15.75 oz. of rain water, which is I think the ratio on the bottle said. I just mixed it in an old spray bottle we had lying around. Supposedly it’s a “safe” product, but I got it all over my hands so if my sperm count is low then we’ll know why.
One note, I don’t think we’ll have any apples this year. I only ever saw those 2-3 blossoms, and that was when the bees were just starting out, so even if they were out I doubt anything got pollenated. I don’t see and fruit buds on the trees and we should have them by now, in time for the “June drop”, when the apple trees drops some fruit to make room.
To keep the deer away from my well eaten apple trees I plan on mixing up a home-made recipe of repellant and spraying that around the apple trees also. In the mean time I’ve encouraged our oldest to pee in the weeds near the apple trees to keep the deer away. I think I saw something like that in Jurassic Park 3; I’m figuring the deer stay clear of human pee. I’ve been helping out as well. Actually when I was out there this morning defending my territory there was a deer standing there watching me. As soon as I reached for my zipper it ran away in fear, so maybe the word has gotten out. Hey, you try to find anyone who loves nature as much as I do.
Enough of my crude high school boy humor, here’s today’s photos, enjoy!