Garden notebook

I haven't updated about our garden yet this spring. Much has happened. Come see.


Alas, no apricots this year. Neither tree bore particularly well last year, and we chopped down the less-healthy of the two after the end of the season. This spring, the one remaining apricot tree failed to blossom. GrandDad hypothesizes that it is badly in need of pruning (see above), so plans to have it aggressively whacked back in the fall.


The plum tree, on the other hand, more than made up for the shortfall in apricots. The plums ripened three weeks earlier this year than they had last year (May 13 or so, versus June 3). And they kept coming. I think there was a solid week in which I collected over 100 plums every day, with at least two days breaking the 200-fruit mark. At the peak of the harvest, we had about five buckets of plums in the refrigerator, which didn't leave much room for anything else.

There are just a few late plums left on the tree now, but the harvest is pretty much done.

The blackberries are also nearing the end of the season.

I have six varieties of tomato growing in the area of the yard where the second apricot tree used to be. The big monster plant in the middle, a cherry tomato, produced its first ripe fruit a week or so ago. The others have a ways to go yet, although the pineapple tomato has really shot up in the last few weeks, and the Greek tomato has a couple green fruit visible.

Most of my tomatoes are transplants from the garden center, but I did manage to start a couple from seed this year. The first few seedlings I transplanted out, in early spring, didn't make it -- they turned pale and sort of sickly-looking for the first week after transplant, and then, as soon as they seemed to be recovering and starting to grow again, something ate them! So I kept a couple more of the seedlings inside a little longer and nursed them along in pots on the sun porch until they were about 6-8 inches tall and better able to fend for themselves. We transplanted them out in early June, and they seem to be doing okay so far.

Squash are easier than tomatoes to start from seed, because the seeds are so much bigger. I got ridiculously excited when the seedlings broke up through the dirt where I had planted them.

The first squash of the season is partly visible in the picture above, if you know where to look.

It's 4 or 5 inches here. Will be ready to pick in a day or two.

We also have zucchini and a mystery variety of winter squash (from a seed envelope GrandDad had, marked simply "squash").

It's also been a good year for avocados. We got the first ripe ones in March and have had a steady supply since then. Avocados don't finally ripen until after they're removed from the tree, which means that you can store them on the tree until you need them. We had a couple of heavy wind storms in the spring that knocked down a bunch of the fruit, but most of them are still up there.


Next year's avocados are coming along, as well. Our avocado bears on a two-year cycle and tends to alternate heavy and light years, but the current evidence suggests that next year's crop should be healthy, as well.

ETA: Grrr! Blogger ate my photos! Not that they're that much to look at, but still. I think I've set it so they won't just disappear this time...

ETA: WYSIWYG my foot.

2 comments:

David and Sarah said...

Oh, blackberries and avocados! I really didn't do a good job of planting fruity trees when we moved here. Next house...

Amanda L. Caldwell said...

It's so fun to visit other people's gardens online! I've never seen avocados growing, and the grapes in the next post look like something out of a movie to me. Thank you for reposting the pictures even though Blogger was being so aggravating!

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