Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pruning Ponderosa Pines

On the left you will see Dan from Oliver Arbor Care‎ after he climbed a small pine with a rope before pruning the dead limbs and those infected with dwarf mistletoe. On the right you can see him in the same tree after pruning it.  Green limbs should only be pruned between end of November to end of February.  This is to reduce infestations of Sequoia Pitch Moth.  The moth generally does not cause severe damage to healthy pines but severe infestations can result in significant pitch bleeding from the tree.  This can make quite a mess in landscape.  See my facebook page for more information on the Sequoia Pitch Moth. 


Some pruning on Ponderosa Pines can be done during the summer months.  I occationally remove limbs that died during the spring and summer as they appear with out damage to the tree or risk of attack by Sequoia Pitch Moth.

No green in this pile

Sunday, February 16, 2014

California Drought, Not good for US

The drought in California and the Southwest will have a very significant impact on the quality of life here in Bend, Oregon.  A large portion of the fresh, frozen, and canned produce we enjoy come from California and the Southwest.  I doubt other regions will be able to make up the difference over the short term.  The net result will be increased costs to the consumers IE us.  Central Oregon is a great place to work, live and play.  It is not a great place to grow produce.  I have fought deer, frost, and poor soils for years at my home at Snowshoe Inn, to grow produce.  I have learned to add large quanties of good compost, manage water, and use row covers to reduce the risk of frost.  In addition I have learned how to create a hydroponic grow room in my basement.  I have been very successful in growing lettuce, beet greens, spinach and micro greens all winter. 

Food for thought, think about adding a raised bed in your garden.  According to Elliot Coleman a 4 X 8 foot bed can produce enough produce to feed one person for the season.  He advocates a very aggressive organic growing techniques.   My 2 X 4 foot hydroponic system produces nearly all of our greens when it is production.

If you think an addition of a produce section for your landscape is in order feel free to contact me for assistance.

Gardening is not only my business it is my passion