Well, it looks like the cold weather two weeks back severely injured my early peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricot. I made this quick little video for you to view what blooms of cherry and apple are looking like along with a few peaches that have set…very few. Later peaches may be better off, we’ll see.
Last week was a rough one for my fruit trees. Most of my peaches (donuts), nectarines, some pears, and plums were in full bloom and 20 degrees or so was very hard on the blooms. We will see what happens, meanwhile I’ll include a Trinity Band vid for you.
Wow, 2016 was yet another bad year for the orchards. This was mainly due to the fact that I was exceptionally busy finishing my PhD. Now, that is over, so hopefully fruit will be back again in 2017. I’ve started pruning a little. I hope to replant some trees this spring. I’m also hoping to volunteer some trees and time to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. What I really hope is that I can get some trees from Kazakhstan , which are a totally different species of apple, along with some other trees on Geneva Rootstocks for the Gardens.
That I hadn’t posted in 2 years. That is because I’ve been pretty much frozen out. However, this year I have had some peaches: Saturn, Bounty, Red Haven, and will have quite a few Contender (which is a super good peach).
My plums and cherries were hit hard again by freeze but I will have some Asian Pears and European pears and some apples. Most of my peaches will be in late July and early August.
We will have some fruit this summer still: peaches, asian pears, pears, and apples. I am including a video from youtube of my latest walk around
another 1.5 inches today, not sure if pests can be kept off the orchard this year at all, y’all
meanwhile some marriage counseling for you all
OK, This is what the crop looks like presently and my plans accordingly.
- Sweet Cherries – Some are ripe, light to medium crop. I think I will eat them, not sell.
- Plums, Nectarines – Basically NO crop.
- Peaches – A very few Doughnut peaches, some later yellows are OK. I severely pruned this winter.
- Asian Pears – Medium crop.
- Apples – Medium, hopefully fire blight will not take them out.
- Smoker Wood – I’ve decided NOT to chip it up based on light crops of the rest.
So, my plans, based on the above will be to sell strictly at Dandridge Farmers Market, and perhaps to a few homeschool/homestead families. The peaches certainly look better than last year but the crop is light. Also, the apple crop looks better when I had virtually none last year.