Most all the trees have buds breaking. Today the Warren Pear finally joined the others. Sadly, it seems that all the buds are leaves. References state that fruit may not be produced up until the tree’s fifth year. This pear tree was planted in January 2009 so there is still hope…just not this year.
One of the trees grafted earlier this year was the Fantasia Nectarine. It needs more lateral branches because of sun scald (I have determined without any formal training so…). So far the grafted scions have not shown signs of life ; but the upper branches are bursting. No fruit has been produced to date; but this may be the year. This tree was also planted in January 2009.
Not only are the fruit trees coming to life, the Red Flame Grape is stirring. Farmer MacGregor is the master pruner of this vine as it matures over the arbor he built.
Red Flame Grape
All of the fruit trees and the grape vine have been fertilized but they really needed some mulch to set them up right for the hot summer ahead. I went and got a few bags, came home and cleaned out the garden wagon, then got busy.
The trees are almost ready to face summer. The only thing left is to rig up some kind of shade structure to protect this mini orchard from more sun damage.
Note: If Kellogg would like to send me more Gardener & Bloome, I would shamelessly post the benefits of their product that is 15% chicken $h!t. Even though it’s super stinky, it seems to help the garden grow. Until then, I’ll continue to buy the stuff at my local nursery. For every gardener still living in winter, the reflection on the bag of Harvest Supreme is not a flash from the camera…it’s just that Lucky Old Sun.