The end of the year was, as usual, a whirlwind. From the many field trips (WWU gardens, Fairhaven Park, Cornet Bay) to the many activities and assemblies things were just busy, busy, busy. Now, the days are slow and I find myself amused by what I choose to focus on outside of the classroom. Things I have learned since school ended on the 18th: >How to make ricotta cheese! Not very difficult and it tastes just divine. I don't think I will ever buy mass produced ricotta again. >How to trade stocks online. No phone calls, just click and trade. Scary at first but I am warming up to this. > That raspberry plants can rust. Sadly those little orange spots on one of my raspberry plants is rust, not a nice disease at all. It doesn't seem to have stopped the plant from producing berries but I have not been successful eliminating it yet. That will be my next learning goal!
Hope this finds you learning new things too. Have a wonderful summer!
Yellow rust has become the bane of commercial raspberry growers from B.C. to CA. Varieties that used to resistant are becoming less so. There's always fungicides, but the organic way to eliminate rust on raspberries is to be fastidiously clean this fall. Cut all canes to the ground and burn them. Turn over or remove all mulch and replace with clean mulch. You'll miss out on the early summer fruiting, but will get a late summer crop and hopefully you'll be rust free!
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