I’ve been sharing mostly about bees, but there are lots of other exciting things happening around here! We usually have our first apricot “harvest” in early May. I put harvest in quotes because our apricot tree is tiny, and it deserves a little more lovin’, yet it has still given us a few apricots each year. This year we got six apricots! HUGE harvest, right? Each one looked almost perfect, and had a sweet flavor.
In February, I was working on cleaning up the orchard from the prune, and things were just starting to bloom. I snapped a few pictures of the early blossoms. In early May, I thinned out the new fruit, feed the trees compost, gave them a much-needed deep water, and looked for any pests and signs of disease. I took some pictures of the cute baby fruit the spring blossoms had grown into. It’s really cool to watch the blossoms turn into fruit!
A few weeks ago, I thinned fruit out on a couple of apple trees I didn’t get to in May, and got a good look how big the fruit was getting. This is the first year I’ve properly thinned the fruit, and our peaches are loving it. They are big, and so far the tree isn’t too heavy. Last year, we almost lost a large branch because there were so many peaches!
Learning to take care of our trees has given me even more appreciation for the farmers committed to organic, bio diverse farming. I’m also thankful for the farm workers that care for, and harvest our food. I wish all farms would adopt Live Earth Farm’s philosophy of how to treat their farm labor staff.
Enjoy these pictures of what’s been happening in the orchard since February. It’s amazing to watch the change! I’m continually blessed, and grateful for our home!
Do you have any fruit trees? Share with me what your growing, and I’d love to see pictures!