Archive for August, 2010

Worms In Your Raspberries?


This year that little worm may be the larvae for the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) (aka Cherry Vinegar fly). The fly has been known to the area since 2009, and is common in many areas around the country now. The SWD attacks cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, grapes and nectarines. Breeding sites are found where there is overripe or fallen fruit. Fruits become infected near harvest time (that’s blueberries and raspberries now).

Find out more about SWD in the WSU Factsheet FS049E. WSU also has information about damage, monitoring and management in their Orchard Pest Management pages.

See videos for Spotted Wing Drosophila on the Oregon State University site.

Urban Chicken Squabbles

“Urban Farming” and “Growing Local” are buzz words for the sustainability movement. Most of us understand that raising your own vegetables, chickens, and bees adds to the richness of our lives and is good for the community. The Seattle Times talks to Laura Watson, a Master Gardener, who finds herself standing at ground zero in moving a community one step closer to an urban farming reality. Read more>>>


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