As many of you know I was pretty disappointed that I didn’t have a chance to plant a garden this year. With all the renovations and late start on owning the house it just never worked out. I had hoped to plant a fall garden; peas, beans, some hardy Brussels sprouts I bought just for the occasion. But as it often times goes it just didn’t happen. Instead my large raised bed in the backyard is filled with weeds and little creatures.
However,as you may also know, we discovered a few fruit trees here on our property. So far the apple tree is doing ok, the Japanese beetles seem to be enjoying them 😒 And then the pear tree is doing really well. After a little research I discovered you harvest them before you would think. You can’t let them get ripe while on the tree. You let them mature to the right size then pick them and allow them a cooling period. The problem is we don’t actually know what kind they are so we aren’t sure when they will big enough. So we just keep checking them. The kids love taking a walk out to the apple and pear trees 🙂
Tonight we found that our grape vines had quite a few ripe bunches. The plump dark purple fruit is really good, sweet yet sour, but they do have seeds in them. The kids really liked popping them in their mouth and then spitting them out once they got to the seed 😏 oh well!
We have a couple of what we think are apricot trees around our property too. The ones outside of the fence don’t really seem to be maturing at all or ripening. They have stayed small and green. But, we found one lone tree by the side of our house that had literally one piece of fruit on it. We believe it may actually be a peach tree.
Once it’s ripe we’ll cut it open and see if we can officially decide what it is. Hopefully it’s good either way 🤗
It’s been fun sort of easing into the idea of having produce growing right outside our door. It makes me all the more excited for having our garden next year!
Hopefully with some studying over the winter I’ll trade my black thumb in for a green one… oh, did I not mention that I kill every plant I touch?