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Checking on the fruit

We had a couple of nasty ice storms, this winter, and some nights of single digits, too.  So, we lost  some winter crops in the raised beds and a Bradford pear tree at the end of the driveway.  I don’t regret the loss of the fruitless pear.  I know they grow fast and are a boon to contractors, but I think I fruit tree that won’t bear is a waste of space.   Because we lost that Bradford, I’m hoping the real pear I planted in that tree line will have a better chance this year.

It had a tall spike of a trunk.  I cut it out a couple of days ago so that it would aim its growth outward, where I can actually reach any fruit that survives the deer.  I dipped it in some rooting hormone and then in a pot of good, composty dirt.  I don’t really expect to get a tree from it, but it didn’t cost me anything to try.

The Santa Rosa plum, to the right of the front door is covered in blossoms.  The elephant heart plum by the driveway, isn’t as full, but still looks promising.  The peach has blossoms, too.  The apples have no buds, yet.  The sour cherry had buds all over, but nothing has actually opened.

The kiwis are still dormant and the passionfruit is, too.  But, there are buds all over all the blueberries.

The crabapple tree is covered in young leaves, not fully emerged, and I don’t see any flower buds.  That tree has never bloomed.  How does a crabapple never bloom?  I’ve never seen such a thing in my life.  And I got it to pollinate an apple tree that has since died and been replaced by two others, so I really find the lack of blossoms ridiculous.

Spring is creeping in and I am loving it.

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Update May 27th

Garden status with pictures.  This one is going to be kinda long.  Showing fruit trees too.

Serious peas.  We tend to just graze on them right out of the pod like candy.

Squash and Eggplant were overpowering the Okra, so I have attempted to transplant them to the bed where the cabbage was.

Moved seven of them.  Hoping they will bounce back with a little watering.  Tomatoes and peppers in there too.  Harvested what was left of the cabbage to make room for the Okra.

Arugula and Fava beans are doing great.  Been eating arugula for a while now.

Cantaloupe is in a different location, but is coming along.  Tomatoes are still behind where I expected them to be based on the warm Spring.  They are healthy and when they do come in we are going to have way more than we can eat.

We expected our fruit trees to do better this year, especially with the new bee hives.  Most of them bloomed out very early and then the April freezes came.  We covered what we could, but I think the cold nipped them at a vulnerable time.  We had peaches starting, but they disappeared except for one sick looking one.  We have very few cherries and only a couple of damson plums on one of the three plum trees.

The orange tree, however, is looking pretty good.

Herbs in pots on the deck are doing fine.

Also picked chard and brussels sprouts today.

And yes the bees look great today, especially Isabella.  Just looked in on them.  You would never guess that hive swarmed a week ago based on the number of bees.

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Filed under Arugula, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Cherry, Eggplant, Fruit and berries, Herbs, Legumes, Melons, Okra, orchard, Peach, Pear, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegetables