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Monday, April 09, 2007

Frost Damage

Sorry I missed Make it from Scratch Sunday, again. I won't be able to do it next weekend either, gggrrr....

The snow and freezing temperatures may have reeked havoc on my young fruit trees, especially those that had already began to flower. Alrescate was right in her reply " I suppose the snow knocked down the pollen count at least..." Unfortunately that was not something that we needed. Yes, I know there are many people that are grateful not to suffer with their allergies if only for a few days, but those of us that are attempting orchard's, well, it's a whole other story. We need those pollen counts to be up so that are trees can bear fruit. With this cold snap, the pistons of my peach tree, which are the most delicate part, will not be able to reproduce. If they are able, then there is a high chance that my peaches will be deformed, and not very tasty. And the only way we are going to know is by waiting until the summer.


apple

On the bright side, my late blooming berries and fruits should be fine. Everyone is mulched in and trying to keep warm. I still have a few sticks in the house waiting to be planted, I will have fruit this year, in one form or another.

Last year's sticks

7 comments:

lisa said...

Wow...I hope your fruits arrive this year despite the setback! It's been cold w/snow off and on all over it seems, so you have some good company, anyhow. My weekend was spent sulking over crappy weather...I wanna "get growing" already! :(

alrescate said...

Ouch. I didn't even think about your new orchard. I hope your late-bloomers come out of this cold snap okay.

Wendy said...

Hope that you are able to save some of your fruit! We don't know how to grow anything except plants and shrubs! My hubby has been encouraged by you to start a garden this year! It should be interesting but I am excited!

abbagirl74 said...

I just found out this year that I have a peach tree in my back yard. Wasn't for sure at first, but I asked the boyfriend and he said it was. Looks like a bad year for peaches, eh?

maggie said...

Poor peaches, they don't like the cold for sure. Actually I wasn't aware that they were that hardy. I always make a trip to the border for mine (georgia). Hope for the best hopefully the snap is over and it will scare your fruit trees into all kinda reproduction.

farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

We lost things too Phelan--even here in the south. Peas and kale and...lots of thing. Bummer isn't it? Sorry about your fruit.
Monica

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