July 31 column: Growing apples organically

 Growing apples organically

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Unfortunately, worm-free apples don’t come easily. It is all about my husband’s and my efforts for growing apples organically. It’s been an interesting challenge for us and we are still experimenting but the results have definitely been worth it.
The photo above was taken last fall of one of our many worm-free apples. What a great result!

One interesting side note, though, is that I recently interviewed someone on an unrelated topic and learned that he is using an organic product that contains spinosad. The product he’s using is called “Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew,” which is kind of a cute name! We intend to try it next year and will let you know what the results are.

Now, if you don’t want to go to a lot of trouble to grow your apples organically, a great local source is Cole’s Orchard up on Green Bluff, north of Spokane. Owner Steve Cole is the only certified organic orchardist in Spokane County and he grows several different varieties of apples. Here is a link to his web page: Cole’s Orchard.