What ever Lilah's reasons, they are no concern of ours, or do you deem
yourself the great decider? As you say, you may not be up to date on
Doo's passion for the most caustic of pesticides. No, he is not a total
fool, but in his past postings, he has shown no concern for the
environment beyond the fig leaf of cost analysis.
His concern about the diagnosis of apple scab went beyond diagnosis, he
had decided that no other opinion was needed, once he had stated the
obvious (to him).
True the pictures of apple scab were similar, but not exactly the same.
So why would he complain about a second opinion? Hubris.
We of wrecked gardens aren't here to ask why, but to answer as best we
I would say that your two presumptions were wide of the mark (my
opinion). It is more of the reaction you might have when a bum comes up
to you and says, "Why don't you give me your money?" It's more revulsion
at the way he does it, than a reaction to what he does. I suspect that
Doo is a commercial grower, and doesn't care if there is poison on his
fruit, as long as it looks good.
I'd be surprised, if she gave you an answer because of the way you
characterized her, but I've been wrong before.
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common
Right, I am a backyard orchardist with about 20 trees.
Billy thinks that I am going to poison the world from my
backyard. He probably drives a pollution machine, heats
his home with a furnace producing hydrocarbons, etc.,etc.
In short, he is a fanatic, out to save the world. If you
see someone flying around with a big 'O' on his chest,
it's Billy, Organic Man.
You have to understand the history of the exchanges between Billy
and myself. He is very closed minded about spraying, and vilifies
me for doing so. I think his post about going to an extension
office was kind of a slap at me as being not qualified to interpret
the original poster's issue, even though she posted a nice picture
of her attacked tree. I have been growing fruit for over 20 years,
and enjoy the knowledge gained in that, plus that I have acquired
through my fruit growing club. Most of them would concurs with
me that people should not be growing apples. if they are organic,
unless they take extraordinary measures like covering each apple
with a bag, or worse yet, allowing a good portion of their fruit
to get wormy. Yesterday, I discarded about 80 percent of my
Lubsk Queen Apples because I didn't spray often enough and had
no time to cover them.
Sure, people can go to their extension office, etc., for more
advice, but why post on this forum. We can just tell every
one that if you have a plant problem, take it to the experts.
My personal experience with extension services, botanic gardens,
etc.,is that most of them have no experience or knowledge of how
to take care of fruit trees. I felt my diagnosis was good enough,
but Billy had to put in his two cents worth. Why bother with
this obvious alternative.
Next time, let us know that you are an organic grower,
so I will not waste my time telling you how to grow
apples. You should be growing pears, peaches, etc.,
which are easier to grow organically.
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