So Much to Learn, So Little Time
We inherited several peach trees and a pear tree when we bought the farm. Last spring, the trees were heavy with fruit (as you can see from the photos), and we were looking forward to tasting them when they were ripe, but when we returned later that month, there were absolutely no fruit left on the trees and no signs of any pits or anything!
A trained eye (which mine is not), would probably see immediately what is wrong from viewing these photos. That is my plight that I have to overcome.
I was talking with my hair stylist yesterday about this. He has 15 fruit trees. He experienced the same thing. He had picked some fruit. They were not quite as ripe as he wanted so he was going to leave the rest on the tree for a few more days. The next day, they were all gone.
He blamed raccoons and deer. One tip he gave to deter deer is to lay chain link fencing down flat on the ground or to lay out a grid-work of string. He said that deer do not like their feet to be bound when they are walking. Also, he said he’d plant standard size trees, if he had to do it over again, so that the branches would be taller and the deer could not reach the tops.
Spray, Spray, and Spray Again
The first thing I need to do is to spray with dormant oil. He said that this would smother the larvae of the bugs that are in the trees and that I would have to do this a couple of times. I also need to prune. Another thing to learn. I am going to do this. I really want fruit this year.
- Planting and Pruning New Fruit Trees at Dorking Community Orchard – Sunday, 15 April (dorkingcommunityorchard.wordpress.com)
- Tis the Season for Pruning (openviewgardens.com)
- Time to Trim Fruit Trees Now in February (giantveggiegardener.com)