Q. I have a lot of weeds in my Walla Walla Sweet onions, can I use 2,4-D to kill the weeds?
A. No, do not use 2,4-D to kill the weeds on your onions, it will cause significant problems for the onions.
Q. We have a 4-H member in our club with a disability who is preparing some exhibits for county fair, but we're wondering how this member will do in competition. Any suggestions?
A. 4-H exhibition is based on the member's work and how that compares to an established standard of excellence. Therefore, members don't compete against each other, but are judged on how close they meet that standard while taking into account their age, experience and other varying factors.
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Disabilities would be one of those varying factors, however, the judge needs to be made aware of what facts need to be taken into consideration. Write a short note to the Department Superintendent describing the disability, limitations it presents and adjustment the member and leaders have made. This will help the judge come to an appropriate decision.
Q. Can I use any kind of cucumbers for pickling? I have lots of the long, smooth cucumbers in my garden and would like to make pickles.
A. There are two types of cucumbers, slicing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers. The long, smooth cucumber you describe is a slicing cucumber. It will not make a good quality pickle. You can, however, chop them and use them to make relish. For pickling, choose the smaller, bumpy pickling cucumber and be sure you go from vine to brine within 24 hours.
Q. My apple tree has curled leaves and inside the leaf is fuzzy webbing with tiny black bugs in it. What are they?
A. You likely have a moth pest like leafroller or budmoth. You can treat your trees with a generic insecticide. For organic fruit, use an insecticide with spinosad as the active ingredient. Follow all label and pre-harvest instructions.
* Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 509-735-3551 or Pasco at 509-545-3511.