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Home Garden Jobs for Summer 

HIGH RISK FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN SUMMER
  • Stonefruit including cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums.

  • Vegetables including tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and chillies.

Summer
 
Fruit fly activity increases as weather
gets warmer and peaks around January.
 

QFF may infect green fruit so control must start early and continue until all fruit and vegetables are harvested.

 

Key tasks in your garden for summer:

  • Monitor for fruit fly activity each week; 

  • Install traps (one per host tree) and refill/replace every three months. Traps can be purchased from homeware and garden stores or try making your own QFF trap;

  • If using an 'attract and kill' protein bait spray these must be applied once a week. Bait sprays can be purchased from nurseries and home garden retailers or agriculture supply stores;

  • When fruit begins to develop, apply mosquito/ insect nets to trees, or bag fruit on the tree to protect them;

    • Place bags and sleeves over the fruit you wish to keep. Remove any flowers or developing fruit from the plant that are not covered by the barrier. Secure bags and sleeves to the plant with tie wire, clothes pegs or string;

  • Harvest fruit and vegetables early and don't leave over ripe fruit on the tree;

  • Pick up any fallen fruit on a daily basis;

  • Dispose of any fallen or unwanted fruit – but not directly in the garbage, compost or worm farm.  Seal it in a plastic bag and leave in the sun for seven days, freeze it for two days or microwave it and then dispose of it;

  • Encourage your neighbours to manage their gardens as well, to achieve the best results.

 

More information on managing your garden to stop fruit fly is available from Agriculture Victoria

NSW DPI.