Friday, July 16, 2010


The peach tree here is on a slow suicide mission. The poor thing is so laden with peaches that her branches are just snapping off. This also happened the last time she had loads of fruit but  most years she only puts on a handful of peaches and they get eaten by bugs. This year however is different and while the poor tree gets uglier and uglier each day from breakage the fruit on it is astounding.
The other day  two  small branches completely snapped off  so I decided to harvest the fruit from them because I could not let the small but beautiful and tasty things go to waste. I pulled about 8 gallons of peaches off and left the other branches hanging on the ground in hopes that they could finish ripening on the tree. After this evenings rain though I am fairly sure that I know what I will be doing tomorrow. If I had to  make a guess, I would say there is probably another 25-30 gallons on the tree yet.
Today  I canned up about a third of the peaches from the other day and got 7 quarts of sweet Georgia  peaches. I saved the peals so  after I get done with  the actual peaches I can make jelly or "honey"from them. The peaches, while tiny, will sure be nice to have  this winter. Fruit is something that we really could use more of in our daily diet and something we never ever have enough of, so having an abundance  of it is splendtabulous.  Of course after I am through with the harvest this year I might tell you something completely different .
And... since the manthing has been singing this song for approximately three days now, I give you  PEACHES!


  1. Since I was last writing my blog, I've planted a peach tree, plum and 2 apples. They're still young now, but looking forward to a stage when we can can, too.

    - Ranger Man

  2. With a tree so laden with fruit you can forestall broken branches by either propping the branches with a 2x4 softened with a piece of terry cloth or thining the fruit.
    Thinning the fruit is the best method. It might seem wasteful, but allowing branch breakage leaves wounds that could become infected with a fungus or insects.
    I am jealous of your good fortune. All my fruit trees subccomed to fireblight virus.