Work Party: Bag the Apples at Historic Meridian Park

When:
June 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2014-06-01T12:00:00-07:00
2014-06-01T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Meridian Park
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Barb Burrill
206-818-4857

Work Party - Bag the Baby Apples

Nobody like worms in their apples! Let’s do something about it!

This is the time oInsect footies on treef year and here is your chance to learn a very effective type of organic pest management. We will be covering each baby apple with a paper bag or nylon “footie,” which will keep insect pests from infesting the fruit with their eggs and larvae, as in WORMS.

We will first look at the baby apples on the branches and remove any apples that are damaged, diseased, or too small. Then we will space the remaining apples apart so they can receive plenty of sun and grow large, sweet and juicy. The last step is to cover each remaining apple with a small paper bag or nylon footie so that the pesky codling moth or apple maggot fly can’t find a suitable place to land and lay eggs. The apple grows inside the bag until harvested, pest-free.

This is an easy skill to learn, but is more fun with company, similar to what happens with a quilting bee. We’re looking for lots of volunteers to come and lend your hands to the trees at historic Meridian Park. Come back in the fall to harvest the resulting perfect apples and you will see that your time spend with the bags and socks was all worth it!

Gloves, supplies, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for the weather.

Meet at the playground and we will go over the details of what trees we’ll be working on that day!

Please RSVP:  melanie@cityfruit.org 

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