Fruit Trees

Our fruit trees are looking good this season.  We finally have gotten to try cherries this year!

The peach tree seems to have responded well to the heavy pruning at the beginning of spring. We tried to follow some extension guides, and while I think we did an okay job, there are still some branches drooping under the weight of the peaches. I have not been thinning out the fruit, but today I did take out a few skinny branches and new shoots. The peach tree has some sappy wounds on a few of its branches, and I'm not sure if that's from the boys sword fights or from something else.

This year I didn't spray anything on the nectarine or peach tree, and there has been a small return of the brown rot on the nectarine. The nectarines are probably ready for picking since the birds have been pecking them, and they are crunchy but sweet. Last year it didn't produce any fruit due to an overzealous pruning, and I suspect that helped reduce the spread of brown rot. Hopefully this will be the first year we get to try pomegranates.

Not pictured is the new pecan tree, which won't fruit for several more years, and the fig, which is still recovering from its move to a more sheltered spot and has not fruited yet.

Hairless Peach or Nectarine



What's Growing

Corn in the middle. Flanked by squash and carrots and the teepee

Broccoli and marigold

Second year Swiss chard

Onion blossom

Fountain, path headed towards the pepper patch

Plot where I dumped a bag of unknown seeds that had gotten all mixed up: poppy, dill, cilantro, lettuces

Same plot, zoomed out
Path looking towards the bee and butterfly corner

Overstuffed pot: lettuce, mint, bee balm, curry, random thing in the middle with little white flowers, pineapple basil, lemon grass

Trees of our Choosing

When we put in the fire pit last fall, there was a very hairy section of the yard that had to be cleaned out. One by one over the past year, we started pulling out shrubs and trees to make room for a new cherry tree and pecan tree. There was no way these newbies would have room or the sun to grow with all the bushy and tall vegetation slammed into this one section of the yard. The goal is to get it back to being a shady part of the yard, but with plants and trees of our choosing rather than terrible collage that came with the house. I'm always a little sad to cut down trees in the yard, but sometimes they come back, and I have to choose what to do with them all over again.

There was a glorious Chinese Privet that the cardinals loved in the winter, but I've known a few botanists long enough to know that privet is evil and invasive to our area, so we finally cut down this monstrous tree-shrub that had more than tripled in size in just the few years we have lived here. It keeps trying to pop up in various areas of the yard, but the initial stump is finally rotting. I don't actually miss it because I keep looking at the tiny cherry tree in its spot and envisioning it taller with beautiful branches and blossoms. We aggressively pull out new privet volunteers.

The two trees I was saddest to lose were a dogwood and red bud. We took them out to make room for the pecan, and now that the pecan seems to be well rooted and growing, I may just not fight the new growth on the stumps. I love a little understory growth. I've been pulling off all but two of the redbud leaders to try to keep it from sprawling out too much, but I haven't decided what to do yet with the cluster of dogwood coming up.

What do you do with tree volunteers? It seems every couple days I'm pulling baby trees out of the vegetable garden and flower beds. Every now and then I'll keep one. There's actually some sort of cedar growing very well on the property line that I dug out of a veggie patch a few years back.

We also saved a tiny magnolia tree and moved it to the property line.


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