Posts Tagged ‘peaches’

Peach thinning

Dave wanted to make a video of peach thinning to clarify exactly what he’s doing this time of year.  (I hope our four year old terrorizing our one year old in the background isn’t too much of a distraction.  We were considering doing another take, but he probably wouldn’t have behaved the second time either.)

Rain envy

I meant to write this post last Friday when things were looking quite parched around here.  Since Friday, we had a very welcome and celebrated two inches of rain.  My dad is a dairy farmer, and was talking about how painful it is for a farmer to drive around and look at corn fields.  As farmers, we hate to see any kind of crop suffering.

Corn, when dry, curls up to conserve water. This is a sad sight for farmers.

We irrigate peaches with drip irrigation.  Dave has it on a timer that waters the orchard in three different zones, one zone every other hour.  There is one emitter at each tree giving enough water to keep the tree and fruit healthy, but not enough to feed the weeds around it.

Drought may be terrible for field corn, but in a dry year, the peaches, though small, will be incredibly sweet and tasty.

Our first variety of white nectarines is over, but the second variety should be ready in a week or two.  If you haven’t had a white nectarine yet…you should.  Dave, the fruit farmer who gets weary of fruit from being around it so often, sneaks into the cooler often to snatch a white nectarine or three to eat over the sink while the juice drips down his elbows.

We are just getting into the heart of peach season, but some peach trees are already picked clean.  This will become a more common sight as peach season progresses.

Looking at the apples, it’s amazing how large they are already.  This is a Honeycrisp that will be picked in about a month.

Peach season…so close we can almost smell it

The peaches…they are a-coming.  Dave was excited to show me the Rich May peaches which are looking like they are almost ready to be plucked from the trees.

We went for a leisurely walk through the orchard on Sunday to see the progress. It’s amazing how this orchard changes from day to day. The dogs, of course, were delighted that we decided to take a walk.

This is one the Rich May peaches. Dave was originally predicting that we would be picking them this week, but the weather is predicted to be fairly cool. That will slow their ripening.

A Rich May tree

Of course, not all the peaches look like the Rich May.  I went to a tree directly across the row from the Rich May and took a picture of a green fuzzy orb patiently waiting for the dead of summer .  Its time will come.  Just not yet.

Here is a little glimpse at the Honeycrisp.

This is a cluster of Honeycrisp.  You can see their little pink cheeks.

Earlier this week, Dave ordered a whole truckload of bark mulch for the blueberry bushes.  He considered putting down plastic like at our other farm, but he was concerned that the voles would find the warm plastic a little too homey and would destroy the blueberry bushes by chewing off all their bark.  This mulch is great for acid-loving plants like blueberries and we hope isn’t as inviting for voles.

Caleb and Benny had a great time playing in the mulch. They dug in it, slid down it, and got terrifically dirty.

Dave commanded the boys to temporarily stand against the greenhouse so they wouldn’t be traipsing through the mulch making a mess while he finished.

There are a few precious blueberries on these young plants. They won’t be coming to market, though. The farthest distance they’ll travel is from the bush directly into our watering mouths.

One last thing…Dave wanted to post a picture of a tomato plant in the greenhouse for those of you confused by the last post.  Each plant is supported by a string.  It is clipped onto that string at approximately 12 inch intervals the whole way up.  This is the string that is lowered and moved, taking the plant with it.