Peach thinning began last Saturday. This is a huge job each May when we have a peach crop, and will take over 500 hours to thin excess fruit on our 160 peach trees. With no thinning, limbs would break from excessive fruit loads, all the fruit would stay too small to sell, and fruit rots would spread quickly as fruit touch each other. So we remove excess fruit, leaving peaches 6 to 8 inches apart so they don't touch, enabling peaches to develop good size and increased sweetness, and greatly reducing fruit rots.
|Before thinning, peach branches have far too many fruit, which would cause limb breakage and result in tiny peaches with much fruit rot if excess fruit weren't removed.|
|The same branches, after limb shaking and hand thinning, have a good number of fruit that will develop increased size and sweetness.|
|Asparagus grows so fast with temperatures in the 80's, that I have to harvest it three times each day, in between thinning the peach orchard in the background.|
We also still have 5-lb. bags of cracked 'Kanza' pecans for sale, for $14.86 + tax per bag. We now have 7 bags (35 pounds) of pecans left before we're sold out (until next Nov.)
|'Ouachita' blackberries are heavy with blooms now. We should have a great thornless blackberry crop this year, from mid-June to early August.|
From Dec. 1 to May 31 we're open by appointment, so phone a day or so ahead (or at least a few hours ahead) and leave a message on the answering machine saying when you're coming for asparagus, apples and/or pecans. We'll be very busy thinning peaches all during May, and can't see the driveway or hear cars come in from the peach orchard.