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.

Other trees:

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.


  1. Hi Coco,

    Your harvest is looking pretty good. And down here at the bottom of the world, I'm drooling over the canteloupes and when those melons are sun ripened they have such great fragrance and taste. Yum! That sure does look like a lemon and they tend to over winter and ripen winter into early spring. Dry years can make for a dry pith, but not to stress the skin can be used as tasty zest. Incidentally, if the tree has survived a drought year, well when the rains return the lemon will explode with growth. :-)!


  2. Hi Chris,

    The melons are yummy! Two more came off in my hand yesterday, but the temperatures this weekend have dropped, so I don´t know how many more I´ll get.

    Glad my guess as a lemon has been confirmed. The trees did get watered, but we weren´t especially scientific about it. Fingers crossed they like their siting.

    The leaves have come off the surviving almond, which worries me a little. Seems early.

  3. Hi, Coco!

    I tell you - fruit is the most fickle thing there is. We absolutely never know what fruit we will get; it is completely different every year. Your cantaloupes have done better than ours. We got some, but they had no taste - I think maybe we way overwatered them. This year I think I have learned about strawberries that they need their space - and a lot of sun.

    Has your lemon tree been through an outdoors winter yet?


  4. Hi Pam!

    Despite the drought, it seems to be a splendid year for apples, go figure. The lemon/lime were in big pots until last spring, and did OK but no fruit. They have a southern exposure against a stone wall.

    I´ve got currants and raspberries in pots that have to go into the garden probably this week. And once the exuberant marigolds have given up the ghost, I´ll reorganize the strawberries into their own bed. They just got overlooked completely.

  5. Oh, and what´s your method for knowing when the cantaloupes are ready? Color, smell, thumping?


  6. The trees did get watered, but we weren´t especially scientific about it. Fingers crossed they like their siting.


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