Ed Hoffman wrote:I haven't post for a very long time, but I love good ripe peaches! These pictures are from a Red Haven peach tree I had in my back yard in Parkland, Wash. in 2004. It was my first try growin peaches I bought a little bare root tree from a nursery in our area and it didn't take too many years before this happened. It was like the once in a life time boom year. I was off traveling the world and my son sent me an email sayin you better get home the peach is about to collapse.
It's pretty impressive for our area, but as you can see is absolutely possible. The Red Haven seem to do the best here. They aren't any good for canning, but when they are tree ripened they are those juice drippin off your elbows kinda peaches!
The tree died a few years later, and all my peach stealin neighbors really missed it. I keep tryin to grow another miracle tree, I kept losing them to Leaf Curl. I have another that did very well, but it collapsed under all the weight of another dream load two years ago. It was doing just fine had a lot of peaches on it, then one day they all just exploded in size and it was a near total collapse of the branches. I cut it all back to the main trunk of the tree about 5 ft off the ground and it has grown back beautifully.
I'm hopin we've had enough frost nights this winter and even some late snow seems to make it produce better.
L. Hayes wrote:
I'm nearby in WA, have pruned and picked other people's peach trees, and really want to have my own, so I want all the knowledge I can get about growing peaches. Peaches are so good for the body. It would be fabulous to let them ripen on the tree! Besides the juicy, eating peaches, I also want to grow peaches for canning... to have their sweet goodness in Winter, like right now!
Triton Nomad wrote:Carmen,
I don't know how the deer/elk decide what to eat.
I know people in Seattle suburbs that had their fruit trees eaten by deer.
On the other hand, I am in the middle of nowhere and I see elk and deer tracks and spoor right next to my fruit trees every day but they did not touch them.
That does not mean all trees are fine - I had voles eating the roots completely until the tree fell over. The rabbits eat lower branches and the slugs chew through leaves and buds.
Jackie Frobese wrote:I'm at a new property and just establishing my perennial food systems.
I ordered a Madison Peach bare root tree from fedcoseeds.com. I'm thinking about putting it next to our deck. It would get full sun there, but mostly I just like the idea of sitting on the deck and picking a fresh peach to eat. Does anyone have any advice about where to place a peach tree?
Ela La Salle wrote:A friendly Hello to all
I'm getting "depressed". I have red so00, s000o many neat and wonderful stories, ideas, way of life and...I'm in a "black hole".
No, no! I'm not looking for sympathy! Just putting my 2 cents (and I'm sure, I 'm not alone) that I can't grow much...if anything! I don't have greenhouse, can't have any chickens nor any other domestic animals, can't have higher fence then 4' high, (my small city by-laws don't allow, even though other people tried to change some of them. One needs a permit for anything and everything! Soon, one might need a permit to..."fart"! For Pete's sake! ). Can't keep bees, can't grow much due to weather (all my tomatoes, herbs, peppers, potatoes, went to shit because it's cold and didn't ripened). Can't tap maple trees (there are hundreds of them .... in my backyard).
Anyway...I just want to let all of you to know, that I admire all of you, so very much! The ingenuity, willingness to try many things, and that I so appreciate reading about it on the sideline. I am glad so many people benefit from this website. I do too, in learning, I just can't use the advice. My climate is cold, my land is small (tiny backyard), my dirt is rock (I love rocks but miss real dirt), my 3 raised beds produced nothing (rain, frost, snow ruined all).
Thank you all. This is SUCH a resorcefull site... I am "jealous". But on a positive note, such a pleasure to read
Abraham Palma wrote:I don't know how to put this, but I think you are trying to impose an ideal garden you have in your mind, but that's not how permaculture works.
Ela La Salle wrote:To: Abraham Palma from Ela La Salle
Thank you very much for your response