Tuesday, June 29, 2010
And Now, Back to Pastel!
I named it "All The Sweetness of Summer" as that first tree-ripened peach is the true indicator that summer is really here - at least for us. We have about 100 peach trees but they're well over 20 years old and just aren't producing much any more. They're also getting "brittle" and the least bit of wind will split the tree or at least break out branches. Because of that, we're gradually taking them out.
That's really for the best though as we started out thinking that we could raise peaches organically. Unfortunately, peaches are very disease-prone and the bugs love them too. Organic methods work but constant attention is necessary and is very labor-intensive.
So, we've planted a couple of new trees that we'll baby along and hope they'll produce enough peaches to herald in summer as well as enough for our table and the freezer!