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Thar be Peaches Here !

Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:36 pm

Well I don't much get on over on this forum. Maybe that should change. Em does a fair amount of gardening with her fruit trees and other interests. One of the things we have tried to cultivate over the years are Peach Trees. They are very much on the absolute northern range of their habitat so to speak so it is pretty much a huge challenge to get them to produce. We had one good year about 8 years ago I guess - had 3 or 4 peaches actually ripen but before we could get them, the ravens did ... oh that was not a happy day :(

Anyways, this year seems different. We have lost 2 trees already and this one seemed to be on it's last legs as well. Surprisingly it flowered this spring and it is now apparent that the bees did their job :{_}:

We will be watching these closely.

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Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:12 am

Hopefully you will be able to enjoy a few peaches this year. You might be able to drape some bird netting over the tree to keep the birds away. Around here, the squirrels also like the fruit trees. My pear tree was loaded down this year. Pears got to be about the size of golf balls, and in 2 days, they were gone . Squirrels. Looks like I may have to thin the population out a little.

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:51 pm

Good luck with your peaches. Hope they make it. I have two trees, had a load of peaches about the size of quarter. Then we had a week of 90 degree heat in May and slowly but surely they all shriveled up and fell off. Nuts!..Greg

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:59 am

Good luck with your peaches. They sure are tasty...when they do make.

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:16 am

I canned quite a few last year, the only fruit trees I have. Good luck with yours Rudi!

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:16 pm

If we can keep the bugs and the birds out of the tree, we might get lucky.

Need to take a pic of my Stella :!: Course the ravens can see the cherries before we do, so it is a fight.. So far Ravens ... not so sure, Me -- plunked 3 of em :lol:

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:24 pm

Get a bird cannon!! The orchards around here use them. :lol:
Hope you get some fruit when it's all said and done!
Chris

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:31 pm

The big green jap beatles destroyed our only peach tree that we had here, so no fruit this year! thanks; sonny

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Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:27 am

My neighbor has an orchard and peach thieves got at the trees closest to the road this past Friday...

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Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:23 pm

Really need to upload the pics. Suffice to say we are ecstatic. Just had a peach cobbler for desert tonight. Simply awesome. Nothing can compare with tree fresh fruit. WoW :D

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Finally getting some time to upload pics. Been raining since yesterday so no splitting going on .. taking a "rain day" off :lol:

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They are not huge peaches but finally after all these years we have had a crop. And my were they good or what.

We just bought at the supermarket a 3qt basket of Free Stone peaches -- not cheap -- grown in Ontario -- nice province, was born there.. however these peaches were not even edible. Dry, chalky, heavy - not juicy and hairy like a peach should be. So our little bumper crop was many times better. Gonna have to try growing a few more peach trees now that we know we can do it. Mulch time is going to be busy this year :!: :D

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:04 pm

"REAL" peaches, and store bought peaches. are a totally different experience. You need to wear a bib, when eating a tree ripened peach! Compare with store bought tomatoes, and garden fresh ones. Ed

Re: Thar be Peaches Here !

Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:08 pm

Ed:

ScottyD'sdad wrote:"REAL" peaches, and store bought peaches. are a totally different experience. You need to wear a bib, when eating a tree ripened peach!


That be true :big smile: I like it when they are juicy.. just like garden tomaters.. or cukes, radish etc... nothing like home grown. :!: This is our first experience with local tree ripened peaches and I guarantee that it will not be the last :D
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