Re: The Definitive Agriculture/Permaculture Thread
In the last couple years we had something occur that I haven’t witnessed before. Much of our land used to be orchards. Most of that has been shaded over with second growth forest and the orchard trees are mostly dead. However, around the edges many apple trees still survive and seem to be doing fine. They produce huge numbers of apples, but since we do nothing to care for them, most are heavily bug damaged. Two summers ago, however, none of those trees produced any apples, not one. It may have had something to do with a dry stretch early in the summer. Anyway, last year the trees produced as normal, except there was little bug damage. The only thing I can speculate is that the bugs died off in a year with none of their normal fruit. Have any of you seen such a thing before?
I’d say that sounds like a likely explanation. i learned about those sorts of dynamics in ecology classes in college…