Questions not deserving of a whole thread


Sorry for your loss. According to these sites, moonglow pears ripen in early August and it will ripen to peak flavor in cool storage. I will put them in a closed paper bag with a ripe apple or banana to see what happens. If it is very humid in your area, please check them daily for spoilage.


This is not the season to buy apples because they’ve been in storage a long time. To keep, they need to be picked before they’re ripe. For this reason, they’ll have the texture and flavor of unripe fruit. After they come out of storage, they’re already as sweet as they’re going to get.

When the new crop begins to show up on roadside stands is the time to start buying (and using) apples. Just don’t expect to keep them into the winter yourself unless you have varieties that will withstand long storage and even improve with time. Keep them above freezing (but close) and in the highest humidity that you can manage.


What did the roots look like? maybe you can manual spread them and replant


I consider reading the following article as entertainment only, because I am not in the field. However, I know my health food store has organic apples from USA year round, so obviously they come from storage. They are too unripe to taste good. I also notice at Costco, when in season, they would have two types of the same apple variety, with the one classified as “new crop” a little more expensive.


My husband found it. He says no roots were exposed…just laying over on the ground. I haven’t dug or felt around it…It may have snapped at ground level.


Thanks.very good advice on buying apples, I try to remember that


I think you are right on the target. Those apples I bought very likely and old apples and have less of nutritional value. I may have to start grow apples on my own soon if I want have better tasting fruits.


I reduced my original picture of the Splash pluots from 2.0 MB to 42 KB, and posted on “2019 pick of the day (no text)”. Please let me know if the picture is good enough. If it is, and if everyone does it, then we can save a lot on display and storage fees.



Sorry, but by reducing it so much I could not zoom into it ti see more detail as I could do with larger photos



Thank you for your comment. I uploaded the original picture.


I’m looking to buy Spinosad and looking at Bonide captain jack dead bug brew (.5% soinosad) and Monterey Garden insect spray (also .5% spinosad) you mix same amount of oz to a gallon of water on both products. But Captain Jack costs twice as much as Monterey.
At this point I don’t see why someone would spend more money on what seems to be the same product. Then I read what insects each product controls. Captain Jack lists OFM and CM. Monterey does not. Do you think they control the same insects with same amount of spinosad and captain jack label is not accurate when they claim to control OFM and CM? Or is it possible to formulate it in a certain way to control more insects with same level of spinosad?

Here are the labels:


Can anyone ID this volunteer cucurbit? It doesn’t look like anything I’ve grown, and I have no idea how the seed got into the row of bell peppers where it popped up.

Is it an acorn squash?




Do you think it’s a cross of two?


Looks like a ball zucchini


Ah, so maybe a weird baby from a hybrid zuke? Mine died of borers before they ripened anything last year, so I still don’t know where the seed came from. Perhaps some little critter dropped it off… Thanks for the input!


I know that a lot of Japanese plums can be good pollenizers for pluots, but does anyone know if the reverse is also true? Specifically I have a Howard Miracle plum and am wondering if Geo Pride or Flavor King would work


I’d say most likely,because it’s the Asian Plum connection in both that has that


Corn question… how many ears of corn each stock to produce? My corns grow extremely well this year, it looks like have potential of grow 4 ears each stock. Is it normal? Should I thin those ears that are still developing?


No don’t thin. Only two will develop enough to pick. The number of ears depends on growing conditions and plant spacing. The more the plants are spaced out the more ears but usually no more than two.


Thanks Steven. I will leave them as is