Courtesy of Nancy Roberts

Finely woven net bags protect fruit from the codling moth, a common fruit pest in the Central Valley.

SacBee Garden

Published: Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8CALIFORNIA LIFE

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For backyard fruit farmers, Nancy Roberts of Roseville passed along this tip:

"I have been fighting codling moths in my apple trees for years and found a trick that is working for me," she said. "If you can keep the codling moths from laying eggs on the fruit, you won't get any worms in them later."

Instead of putting a net over the whole tree, she bags the fruit with net bags designed to hold potpourri.

"I found these bags at a local craft store and they are so easy to use," she said. "I slip these over the fruit when they are small and the moths can't get through the netting to lay eggs. I wait for the weekly coupons to buy a bag of 10 and they can be reused year after year."



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