Spring is a curious season, everything feels fresh and my garden is spurred on by a haze of sunshine. This week the Discovery apple tree has started to blossom. It looks magnificent in the sunshine, and certainly has much more blossom than last year. I guess all the rains have helped like they have elsewhere in my garden. I am now hoping for another bumper apple harvest like I had in 2011.
Discovery apples are small-medium in size, with small patches of yellow and largely flushed with crimson. They taste nice and keep well, but because they have sweet flesh they attract the wasps like crazy.
I have heard mixed reviews about using a Waspinator (fake wasps nest) to keep them away, but I have my doubts that it truly works for all situations.
Instead, I have been collecting jam, marmalade and honey jars and will turn them into wasp traps by mixing a bit of the sweet spread in the base, filling half way with water or sweetened beer, and then pierce a hole in each lid to allow wasps to enter. I will then position them to intercept wasps on their way to my apple tree.
It will certainly reduce the number of wasps attacking my fruit, but the best solution is always going to be pick the fruit before the are fully ripe when wasps are attracted to them the most.
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