Gardening: Fruits & Vegetables 101
Checking on Progress of Fruits and Vegetables
I was out looking over my Fruit and Vegetable producers and here are the results:
Cilantro with Leeks: are from last year into this year. Started them from seed. They are in a bucket and doing very well.
Blue Grapes: are loaded with fruit. They are about 6 years old and are great producers if you like Grapes with seeds in them…I use for Jelly making.
Thompson Seedless Grapes: I only have one bunch of Grapes as this is their first year producing. I love those Grapes and hope they continue to do well. We use for eating fresh.
Strawberries: winter whittled down my strawberry patch, but, I still had plenty of strawberries. I have enough strawberries to share with the Robin in my strawberry patch. She is so full and fat, I wonder if she can get off the ground. I don’t mind sharing the berries as she will probably regurgitate them to her babies.
I also have a family with baby rabbits in my strawberry patch. We have dug and pulled grass out of the strawberry patch three times this year and the rabbits are helping us get rid of the grass…they eat it to the root.
Blackberries: these are the Thornless Kind. They are 3 years old. They are good for eating fresh or making Jelly.
Asian Pears: are my favorite as they tend to be softer to bite and are sweeter. This is their 3rd year producing. More fruit this year than at any other time.
Plums: I love this fruit. This is the first year they have produced in abundance (3 yrs. old).
Figs: I have Turkey and Celeste. I love them and this is the first year they will produce in abundance. We usually get only 2-3 Figs. They are 3-year-old plants.
Tomatoes: My husband planted Tommy Toe’s, Beef Steak and Celebrity. They are doing well and we will soon have Tomatoes for our salads. Too hot here now for lettuce as they love cool weather.
Peaches: We have Early and Late Season Peaches. We have Harvested the Early and had to Harvest some of the Late Peaches due to overloading the tree. We left many to continue to grow and ripen.
Cherries: they were Bush Cherries. We have Hanson (sour…pie) and Nanking (sweet) good for fresh eating…better get them before the birds do. They are tinny cherries, but edible.
Raspberries: Blueberries, Black Cherry, Apricots, Apples did not produce this year as some were transplanted (Blueberries, Apricots, Apples). Raspberries planted in the fall and got too much rain in the spring…produced, but turned yellow and berries fell off. New shoots have come up, so good there.
Blueberries: they are only a year old, so, did not expect too much from them. Black Cherry trees are 3 years old, but some large tree branches shade them and they may need more sun. We will have to look at cutting some trees back in the fall.
I try to work with my Fruits and Vegetables to save them, if possible, but sometimes we have to let them go. Most of the time nature works with us.
“We are Blessed!”