Our dwarf fruit tree orchard is cooking along, I'm happy to say, and now that we've settled the trees into their new homes and tucked them in with a chunky mulch blanket, they seem to be putting down roots (final to-do setup item: install stakes next to each tree).
As I observed a couple of weeks ago, it has been amazing to watch these trees coming to life and putting out their very first leaves.
Today, though, something is eating away at that feeling. Literally.
Our Liberty apple is the glorious exception. Just look at all of those flowers and un-nibbled leaves! Even a friendly neighborhood pollinator stopping by for a visit!
But its sister (brother?) tree, the Crimson Crisp apple, is not so lucky. It's soft, fuzzy leaves are the largest and most robust of the four trees, but here and there someone's been snacking:
Our Montmorency sour cherry, poor soul, is the worst hit, making me think that it's the least "pest resistant" of the bunch. We actually pulled off and squished some green worm-y things that I'm thinking might be the problem, but the tiny brown dots on the eaten areas make me worried that someone's been laying eggs.
Our white peach, the Raritan Rose, is faring decently so far, a lovely pink-and-green site for sore eyes.
So here's my question - what is eating my fruit trees, and what can I -- organically -- do about it? Please help!
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