This week’s ‘Q&A with Kareen’ is all about pears. In the video, I answer Elizabeth’s questions about what pears I grow, an explanation about the kitchen tool I use the most for pear preservation, and what to do about codling moths.
The pears in my food forest are one of the yields that I look most forward to in the fall. We have been lucky to have a prolific pear crop over the past several years. I grow Parker and Patten pears but there are several different varieties that are adapted to our climate. As I explain in the video, you can’t just plant one pear tree. Pears need a different variety for pollination. Here are a few pear ‘couples’ that work in a cold climate:
There are, of course, many other varieties out there. As I explain in the video, just be sure to go to a local garden center or nursery that is going to sell varieties that do well in your climate.
In the video, I also share a kitchen tool, the mandolin, that is my go-to implement for dehydrating pears (my favorite way to preserve them). Lastly, even though I don’t have a huge codling moth issue with my pears, I share a strategy that I’m going to try this year.
Click on the video to hear more!
Here’s a link to the video on codling moth traps that I mention in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn9dqDZ44xQ
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