Garden Report: Fruit in the Trees

So a couple of weeks ago I prepared a neat little post about the various pieces of fruit coming ripe in the garden, and of course forgot to post it.

We've got a really nice year of fruit coming in. In the Asian pears, we have so much fruit on the trees that I will have to be very aggressive about thinning. Last year, one of the trees lost a major limb because it got so overloaded with fruit, so this is something I'm being vigilant about this year. As you can see, the number of fruits on this branch is ridiculous.

Asian pears

Also probably requiring thinning is the quince, although it does a good job of dropping excess fruit. The thing is, we can really only handle so much quince. Also, I think there might be a touch of fireblight in the upper branches that I have to climb up and prune out. That'll give me a chance to thin it out a bit while I'm there.

Quinces

And here we have an apple. There are some apples on the older apple trees this year, like this one, but also a few on the new apple trees. I should really thin those off, but I'm excited about getting an apple we can eat this year so I won't. If this kills the tree or stunts its growth, you can all say you told me so.

Apple

The bad news in the garden is the nectarines and peaches. Not their fruit, which is as robustly overdone as usual, but their leaves, which have peach-leaf curl because I failed to spray them with copper in the winter. I know! I intended to, but never got around to it. And now they will be unwell this year. The infection makes the leaves curl up, so it's kind of like a respiratory illness for a human. My nectarines have asthma, basically. Untreated, it really hurts the tree (mostly by leaving it open to other infections), but for one season it will be OK, though I'll be kicking myself from now until the tree goes dormant.

Nectarine

And finally, the star of May, the cherry. In another week or so the cherries will be in full force in the farmer's markets (we've got an early year this year), and I better get those stupid nets on these trees if I want to see a single piece of fruit in harvest this year. This one is a yellow cherry. If I ever get more than five or six in a harvest, I think I might make a batch of maraschino cherries in a more interesting flavour than the store-bought ones.

Cherries


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posted by ayse on 05/05/08

5 Comments

Your fruit is looking good.

My Asian pears are blooming like crazy and I will need to thin as well. Last year I left far too many pears on my Comice full size tree and lost the center leader when it broke in a wind storm. Live and learn.

For the second year in a row I have lost a peach tree. Same location. I am beginning to think there is something wrong with the soil. I will remove and replace as much dirt as I can when I plant yet another Redhaven peach tree.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get a few apricots this year. Late frost got my fruit last year.

I'm coming to believe that Asian pears are just not sensible trees and need a lot of coddling. At least with apples, if you fail to thin them they don't basically destroy themselves with too much fruit.

Too bad about your peaches. I wonder if it's some kind of soil-borne virus. I've never actually heard of such a thing taking out entire trees, but I'm not a big follower of peach diseases.

Here's hoping there are no weird late frosts or flash floods.

I'm hoping for our apple trees... they are still in blossom stage here, though!

My husband dug quite a large hole and replaced the dirt when he planted the new peach tree. The funny thing is the tree looked just fine last year.

Have you tried any Kiwi, tree or vine??? In our zone the only option is the vine and I haven't tasted a vine grown Kiwi to see if it compares or is worth growing.

I have plans for kiwi, but we don't yet have a trelliswork built that will hold them (they are very very vigourous and tend to pull down more puny structures). We have some friends with huge kiwis but have never been by when they are in fruit. When we get closer to having a place to put them I will probably go to a fruit tasting to see what I like.

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