Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summertime peaches

Just a few months ago (two posts down) this same little bird house was surrounded by pretty pink flowers. Thanks to the bees, we will be picking peaches this weekend! The tree is a Mid-Pride, freestone, low chill requirement- 250 hours, self-fruitful. This is ds's special tree because he dug the hole that it now fills. Unfortunately, he was unaware that the hole he spent so many carefree hours creating was going to be filled. He now claims this as his tree and still gets upset about the loss of his lovely hole in the dirt.
Peaches are something we decided to grow because we all like them, they are relatively expensive in the store, and never taste quite as good as home grown. We have three trees that ripen at different times. This prevents peach overload for more manageable harvests. Fighting the squirrels and the birds has become a fierce battle. Any hints for protecting our peaches?
Update July 5: Time for canning! Dh picked about 15 pounds this morning and we'll be canning them this afternoon. In another week more will be ripe enough to pick.


mindyluwho said...

I LOVE peaches! My in-laws had a tree that bore the sweetest, juiciest white peaches. They were the best I've ever tasted. The saddest part about them selling their house was that we would not be able to eat those peaches anymore.

My hint for protecting your peaches?

Don't give me your address! ;)

Sarah H said...

Some people hang old cds in thier trees, the reflecting light is said to scare off intruders.

Good luck!