Monday, March 02, 2009


Note to self: Do not look up ways to prevent apple pests whilst eating breakfast. Not only are the pictures of the caterpillars yucky, but reading the words of one cheeky organic grower put me right off my feed. What were the words, you ask? Why of course they were "where's the other half of the worm?" blarf. Anyway, after wasting about an hour on the internet trying to become an expert on organic orchard maintenance, I think I'll just call my local Extension office and let them tell me what to do.

On a happier note, reading about apples and orchards always makes me sing this song.


  1. NYS (and perhaps Illinos) if filled with apple coddling moths.
    I gave up on organic vintage apples years ago.

    Yes, the apples (sheep nose variety) had a great apple flavor.. the one or two you could harvest with out 'worms' (moth pupia) but with out spraying or netting (fine net that had to be adjusted almost hourly!) there was no way to get a crop.

    good luck on your quest for home grown organic apples!

  2. I gave up growing organic broccoli after a particularly wormy head. It's just too gross.

  3. I swore off organic broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower for the same reason, Elise. *shudder*

  4. EWWWW! I've had that happen with cherries too!