Before I start my post proper, I would like to report that I have been able to make a partial fix of the comments function on my blog. It seems that WP has introduced a new piece of software for publishing blog posts and, while it is available online, it doesn’t work (for me at least) through the app.
So, yesterday I added the comments box to the posts where it had been missing but you still might not see it if you are reading on your WP app. Anyway, it would be interesting to get feedback on this, so that I can continue to investigate if necessary.
The first day of August and I’m excited. I used to feel sad at the advent of autumn but when I felt the first tinges of autumn in the air earlier, I was pleased.
Look at these tresses of apples. I’m going to thin them out shortly, so that the remaining apples can grow a decent size. I’ve never seen so many on this tree before and, apart from the odd one which has gone mouldy, they look a healthy bunch.
The downside of achieving codling moth-free apples, however, is that the pheromone traps also kill other insects, including bees. There was unfortunately one honey bee on the trap I replaced today.
Almost all of the insects you can see above are male codling moths. Officially, this number suggests an infestation but I am not going start using chemicals, even if they exist for such a pest. In any case, the apples themselves suggest the trap is sufficient.
So, will I use the pheromone trap again next year? Yes, I think I will but I will start a bit later – the trap wasn’t needed until May, whereas I put it up in April, when it only caught other insects which weren’t a threat. Hopefully after that, I will be able regulate the situation without the need to trap bees in order to have apples.
I wonder if it was possible to save orchards before the days of pheromone traps?