Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bordeaux mixture

So I've been on the chain gang the past few weeks. Finally, though I have a few days to do something other than eat, sleep and work. I haven’t done anything worth blogging about, and wouldn't have had time to blog about it if I did.
A few days’ grace from work has meant catching up with a few fairly urgent jobs around the place. Number one job has been to spray the fruit trees with Bordeaux mixture to prevent peach leaf curl.
You need to spray the fruit trees at bud swell. Normally I would expect to do this job about the beginning of September. However, it’s been so balmy around here recently that bud swell is happening now. If I left it til the weekend, I reckon I would have missed the boat. (On a tangent - all those tiresome climate change naysayers should get themselves a garden and notice the changes. It’s happening, people. It’s real).
I follow Peter Cundall’s instructions for Bordeaux mixture out of The Practical Australian Gardener. (Jackie French talks about Bordeaux mixture often in her books, but do you think I can find a recipe? It’s probably there somewhere, but the lack of indexes means I give up and look elsewhere)
So, if you have stone fruit trees, and need to spray, here’s what you do.

Bordeaux mixture

Dissolve 100g of copper sulphate in 3 litres of hot water in a non-metal container, and stir to dissolve. Leave for a few hours.

Dissolve 100g of hydrated lime in 3 litres of cool water. Stir for a few minutes to dissolve the lime as much as possible.

Pour the copper sulphate into the “milk of lime” (the solution certainly looks milky) and stir for a few minutes. Pour into your sprayer and top with water to make 10 litres of solution.
Spray on stone fruit trees. We also spray it on the grape vines.
You need to use this solution pretty much straight away so don’t make it up ahead of time to use later. It won’t work.
Lastly, a photo of our newest lamb, born to the sheep we call the Woolly Jumper (she is the Houdini of sheep. She is the only sheep who has figured out how to get out of the temporary paddocks we have around the place).
This little girl is the Woolly Jumper's first lamb, and honestly, she doesn't have a clue about mothering. The poor little thing is lucky to feed for 10 seconds at a time before WJ decides she's had enough and walks off with a slightly desperate lamb after her. Still, despite this, the lamb is doing reasonably well, so she have become a highly efficient feeder.

1 comment:

Sincerely, Emily said...

hope your spraying went will and it works!. cute little WJ jr.! emily