Saturday, August 9, 2014


O'Henry peaches are on the menu for fresh, local (my backyard) fruit.  There are blemishes, but it's the price you pay to have tasty peaches at your fingertips and taste buds.  Bird netting was draped over the tree as the fruit started to blush.  It's not tied down and blows in the Sahara-like breeze.  Sorry birds. You lose.  There are some blemishes; but that's the price you pay for delicious, nutritious fruit.

O'Henry Peach
This espalier tree got away from me last summer as I wanted to have a canopy to shade the trunk and avoid scald.  Pruning was very light last summer.  Fruit develops on the growth of the previous summer; so I only pruned lightly to encourage fruit development.  Now I have all this growth and can't decide how to handle the growth.

Leave it and enjoy the fruit. Prune it and enjoy the look. Hmmm. Now that I have those options before me the answer seems pretty obvious.

With this historic drought, has anyone adjusted fertilization along with irrigation?  I've heard both arguments -  Fertilize less to reduce production that need irrigation.  Fertilize well to support stressed vegetation.  I heard the second argument on a radio ad for ag fertilizer so...


Sue said...

I've always read that you shouldn't fertilize during periods of drought as it encourages growth, thereby stressing it even more.
Lucky you with peaches--I'm so envious. We are a zone 4, but I tried peaches anyway and for 4 years it worked, but this past winter proved too harsh and I lost all 3 trees. I'm devasted. I only got 4-5 peaches a year, but HEAVEN, absolute heaven.

daisy g said...

Oh, there's nothing like peaches. And to have them in your own backyard. Amazing! I would think more fertilizer adds to the stress of the plant. Perform, perform, regardless of the weather conditions! So glad you have something so delicious to eat!

David said...

Mabelline, peaches can grow with limited success here in Nebraska but it always depends on when the last frost hits. If the frost hits when the tree is in bloom then all is lost. Every so often when weather things happen just right the peach tree will be loaded with tasty peaches. Not many people try to grow them here because of the disappointment factor. You are a lucky person and I'm green with envy about being able to pick your own peaches from the backyard tree.

I'm really discussed with fresh peaches here. Since when did peaches lose their fuzz and become hard instead of soft and juicy? Every so often a shipment of real peaches comes to the store but most have no fuzz and no taste. They are an embarrassment of what peaches are supposed to be. I'd take real peaches with blemishes any day over the so called fresh peaches of today.

OK, now that I'm done with my rant, have a great backyard peach day.

dorothy said...

Those peaches look luscious, and I don't see a single blemish! There is nothing like the taste of fresh peaches. I don't know that I have ever had O'Henry peaches but will have to look at the farmers' market next time I go. As far as fertilizing, I would think it's best not to during drought conditions.