Home & Garden

WSU extension Q&A: May 1, 2010

Q. My friend told me my peach tree has peach twig borer. How can I best get rid of the peach twig borer?

A. If you are an observant homeowner, you may see small holes in the trunk of the tree. If the larvae still is in the tree, the best way to kill it is to mechanically stick a small wire in the hole and puncture the larvae. Otherwise, you will have to spray the bark and lower limbs with an insecticide during the first week of July and August.

Q. When should newly established asparagus be harvested?

A. A limited harvest of asparagus can be made the second year after planting for a couple of weeks or until the spears start to grow small in diameter. Over-harvesting during establishment can decrease yield and the longevity of the stand in the future. Harvest is best when the spears are 6 to 8 inches and while the tips still are tight.

Q. Is it safe to re-freeze meats that have been thawed?

A. As long as the meat was defrosted in the refrigerator, it may be refrozen before or after cooking. If the meat was thawed in cold water or in the microwave, plan to fully cook the meat before refreezing. It is never recommended to thaw meat on the counter because bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature.

Q. When is the tag day for 4-H market livestock projects for the Benton-Franklin County Fair?

A. The tag day for all market goats, sheep and swine project animals is May 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the fairgrounds in Kennewick. You will be able to complete all Benton-Franklin Fair exhibitor forms for your market animals while you are waiting to tag your animal.

* Questions should be called in to the WSU Extension offices in Kennewick at 509-735-3551 or Pasco at 509-545-3511.