Apple Tree (Spray Treatments/Materials)

Based on information gathered at the UNH Cooperative Extension Office: Fruit Spray Schedule.

The proper use of spray treatments can increase the yield of usable fruit but we minimize our usage as much as possible.

  • Sevin (Carbaryl) is effective for many pests, including plum curculio, apple and blueberry maggots, Japanese beetles, spittle bugs and tent caterpillars.
  • Spray oil can help control certain aphids, mites, scales, and pear psyllas on fruit trees.
  • Copper soap (copper octanoate) is effective for cedar apple rust, fire blight and peach leaf curl.
  • Myclobutanil is effective against brown rot and cedar apple rust.
  • Bacillus subtilis (Serenade) is registered for fire blight and gray mold.
  • Potassium bicarbonate is effective for powdery mildew.

Banana Bread Recipe

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  • 4 or 5 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix.
  5. Add the flour last, mix.
  6. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Weeds or Not?

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Dandelions. They might be a nuisance, but if you take the time to take a good look at them, you will see what a great, natural beauty they really are. They are bright, vibrant, and mysterious. How exactly do the little, yellow flowers transform into the white puffy seeds that we played with as a kid? Its always been a mystery to me. Personally I don't see the harm in letting the flowers flourish. I always loved to whisk the seeds away to see them dance through the wind, creating more and more flowers.

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Everyone fusses so much about these little shoots littering their lawns. So What do you think? Are they weeds? Or not?