Thanks all for your comments. As for the carrots, they were this year's first planting. I was thinking back to what I had planted there last year to see if there could have been overwintered carrots there, and that's impossible. Last year I had corn there. Quite odd since they came from this year's seed too. Unfortunately I'm not sure if they were bad Danvers or Purple Haze. All I can say is there were a ton of them all together in the middle of the carrot patch. My wife did me a favor and yanked them. Here's another shot of the lot of them on top of the cole crop leaves destined for the compost bin.
There were about a dozen of them, all woody with thick 3 foot tall bushy stalks. I didn't pay attention to what I planted where in the carrot patch, I figured if it was purple I'd know when I pulled them, which we have pulled one that tasted fine. Well, enough about carrots. What else do you give Rudolph at Christmas? Yep, apples.
Last night I was at the Mariner's game in a suite for work. They were loosing of course so I was chatting with the folks in the room and happened upon a gardening conversation. A co-worker was talking about her apple orchard and her failed experiment at covering them with panty hoes booties. Aparently it is too much work for a 20 foot tall tree, let alone a half-dozen of them. So when it came up that I had a small tree with a dozen or so apples, she offered to give me her booties. Tonight after watering the garden, the boys and I went out and covered some tiny apples. We wouldn't have done it if we had a bigger tree or tons of apples, but a dozen is no big deal.
Little Owen proudly standing next to his apple tree.
They may be a bit big to cover, but better late than never. The kids weren't a ton of help, but they sure had fun trying. Owen for instance held the bag of booties (I have about 200 of them), and Logan put the booties over the apples.
Then, instead of using ties to close the ends, my co-worker suggested I just tie the ends together. So I twisted the ends and simply tied them in a knot. Not sure how well it will hold as the apples grow, but I'll check on them each time I water.
Don't they look silly? Why do this, you ask? Well, Western Washington is under a several decade-long Apple Maggot quarantine and we have a major Coddling Moth problem (did I mention Washington is the Apple capital of the world?). How they found my little tree I have no idea, but last year before I picked off the tiny apples to let it grow, I found a couple of moths coddling. I thought they were a dead leaf so I grabbed it to remove it... eww. Anyway, I practiced organic pest control... I stomped on them, hehe. Now I just hope I caught them before the moths found them.
Not only was I productive in the garden tonight, but the kids enjoyed themselves helping me. Isn't life grand?!