img 4351 scaled I looked out the window and...

I looked out the window and…

… what did I see? An apple tree with canker, looking at me.

Well, I guess that does it for our apple trees. I was already pretty sure they had mosaic virus, but I had put off cutting them down in case I was wrong. Sadly today I looked out the bathroom window and noticed this:

It looks terrible. And close up the tree looks equally bad:

I have about ten apple trees out in my north hill right now. Three are this age, and I have six or seven left of the dozen Rambo starts my dad gave me to commemorate our ancestor who brought them to America. They were looking pretty peaked, but I thought maybe they’d come back if we sprayed better. Nope.

It’s just as well. The apples have done nothing more than attract the deer. I do think the easy access to these not-very-good apples may have saved my garden, which is on the opposite side of the house, from being eaten down to nubs. But this is too canker is finally too much. The trees can’t recover and will all have to come down in the spring.

Adding to mental list….

Posted by Jenny Smith

I'm Jenny Smith. I blog about life on the 300+ acres of rolling farmland in Northern Virginia where I live. I like tomatoes, all things Star Trek, watercolor, and reading. I spend most days in the garden fighting deer and groundhogs while trying to find my life's meaning. I'm trying to be like Jesus -- emphasis on the trying.