So I noticed some crazy effed up leaves on my peach trees this past week. Looked like a leaf roller or something – yeah, it turns out I have a fungal issue with peach leaf curl. Treatment this year will be taking the affected leaves and composting them – and next year it looks like a simple copper spray, or perhaps compost tea, may be enough. Still, pretty frustrated that my first years buds and growth were rendered moot. Live and learn. The trees aren’t really big enough to support much fruit this year, but you still hate to see them in such a state.
On the Good side, – the potato tower is doing fabulous! The two larger plants are putting on an inch of growth a day thanks to the compost rich soil, slow rain, and 1″ of worm castings. Thus far it is VERY encouraging. To top it off, I (finally!) bought a pair of gooseberry plants from a local native/edible landscaping nursery. I am excited to see how big they get, how the fruit tastes, and how bad the thorns are. They are fruiting out already so updates will be coming!
And finally, my personal favorite of the day – two of my compost bins crested 152 degrees today! I typically struggle to get enough nitrogen in my piles as they are mostly coffee grounds, and with an entire winters haul of materials (almost 3 yards!) I needed to get the piles cooking HOT before I run out of room. So I mixed in 2 cu ft of lawn clippings for each 6″ of partially cooked compost, wet it down a bit and let ‘er rip. The first week I hit 142, but I must not have had it wet enough, because after several days of rain, they settled down about 4″ and are cranking along at 150+. That is a personal best and should net me a very fine finished product if I can keep it up. Hopefully I can let every other cutting lie on the lawn and still keep the piles going this strong. How exciting!