Q. Is it too late to plant a fall vegetable crop?
A. Yes, fall vegetables should be planted during the early to mid part of September in order to be successful in this area.
Q. Is it possible to preserve apple pie filling? I have lots of apples that I would like to process so they don't go to waste.
A. You have several options for preserving apple pie filling. First, you can prepare the filling and freeze it. In fact, you can line your pie plate with the wrapping materials and freeze the filling in the shape of the pie. This winter, just make the crust and put the filling in to bake. For canning there are two options; you can process apple slices or you can process a pie filling. Directions for both are on the food preservation website www.homefoodpreservation.com. The pie filling uses a thickener called Clear Jel. In our area, it can be purchased at one of the health food stores. Recipes using cornstarch or flour are not safe for canning.
Q. My peaches have small purple spots on the fruit. What is wrong?
A. You likely have a bad case of shot hole disease or coryneum blight. Early symptoms appear on leaves as small, red spots that enlarge and become purple with a white center. These spots will drop out of the leaf, leaving a shot hole. Severe infections will move to the fruit. Remove any infected limbs and treat with copper in the spring when trees naturally drop fruit. For severe infections, treat again in the fall immediately after leaf fall.
Q. Do I have to be a parent to volunteer for the 4-H program?
A. No. Everyone has valuable skills to share. 4-H revolves around the human assets of individuals in their communities. Volunteers often are involved for many reasons, for example; they enjoy working with children, gain new skills, community service, socializing, networking, job references and rsum experience. Whatever your interest, there's a place for you in 4-H.
* Questions can be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 735-3551 or Pasco at 545-3511.