Friday, September 15, 2017
The Fruit 2017
I´ve commented on the apples and blackberries for the galette, now for some of the rest.
No mirabelle plums this year, despite pruning the tree and generally tending to it. I think the birds got them all.
The 3 rhubarb plants that miraculously survived are doing well in their bed. No harvest until next
White currants got eaten by birds. Black currants are frozen with the rest of the ¨hedge¨ mix. Planting in the ground this fall so they can be netted next year.
Blueberries - Netted, very few berries, ripened over months 4 or 5 berries at a time. In the frozen hedge mix.
Strawberries - Tasty. Planted under the blueberries this year. Kept producing a little fruit over the summer, but were buried in the abundant marigolds, so got forgotten about.
Raspberries - suffered with the drought. Birds got the few berries. Will try planting in the ground this fall, but I think they may be goners.
Pears - more production this year after severe pruning. But even with hand picking and carefully placing them in a cool dark space, they turned from hard to brown and squishy in a matter of 48 hours. Don´t know what I´ll do with those.
Melons - 2 already eaten!! Fragrant and delicious. Saved the seeds from the first to ripen. There are several melons still on the vine. My understanding is that they won´t ripen once picked, so I´m waiting, even though the first couple had some bad spots. The ones I have in the kitchen broke free from the vine on their own, so we´ll see.
We have a first ever lemon on the lemon tree! At least I´m pretty sure it´s a lemon, could be a lime at this stage. Both trees look happier out of their pots.
One small jar of walnuts pickling. Both walnut trees had nuts this year, which is a 200% improvement from before.
The two oaks survived the drought, but barely.
One of the two sour cherries survived.
One of the two almonds survived.
Both hazels survived.
Looks to be a mast year, despite the drought. Acorns are early and abundant and the chestnut trees look loaded. I hope that doesn´t mean a long cold winter.