Even in 2018, many of the ingredients in sprays recommended for home orchard use by Extension agents are toxic compounds, and it is recommended that for codling moth alone, they should be sprayed every 10 to 14 days.
Garden Green became involved when a Vashon resident, Dr. Ethan Russo, gave a tour and talk about his own success with using the methods outlined in The Holistic Orchard. One of Dr. Russo's talks was videotaped, and you can see it here.
Handout and Resources From March 25 talk
There was one handout everyone received: a list of ingredients, costs, and sources - plus recipes to make up 1, 2, 3 and 4 gallons of spray. Click here to download that handout. There was also research done on the risk of conventional pesticides compared to neem oil. Click here to download that resource.
Here are additional online resources for you, if you are interested in growing your own organic fruit using the methods outlined by Michael Phillips:
1. Michael Phillips' website for additional guidance:
2. The best link to use if you would like to join the holistic
orchard online forum: http://groworganicapples.com/portal.php. This is the page to see recent activity and hot topics and then go onward to whatever interests you.
3. Grow Smart, Grow Safe - to check out the hazards associated with any pesticides you or your neighbors may be using: https://www.growsmartgrowsafe.org/
4. Vashon Island Fruit Club: https://vashonislandfruitclub.wordpress.com/
At least 215 Vashon-Maury households are members. It is a large and active group.