Wednesday, April 26, 2017

True, the apricots seem all to have fizzled, but the young peach has at least three fruits growing; the apple is loaded, and so is the old mama peach. Here is one baby fruit on the baby peach tree:

and the lady bugs are doing their faithful work on the aphids that every year infest the premises:

The grape vines are showing their new leaves

and the cactus is in almost full bloom. Ah, spring and the beginning of summer!

Friday, April 21, 2017

News, bad and good.
Two items of bad note: the apricots are not materializing. All flowers are dropping off. And the leaves of the plum tree are wrinkled sick. I have treated both trees with a spray oil, and I hope to see some results in the next few days.
And here is the picture of the good news, a baby peach; and there are many others on the branches of the tree.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grubs and roots.
The veggies in the wagon garden, one of my raised beds (raised, but resting on the ground), did not produce well the last two years. I had noticed the heavy roots before, but I had attributed them (and the failed crops) to a mistake I had made in the composition of the soil and the fertilizer I used. No such. The roots come from an opportunistic tree, whose trunk is about fifteen feet from the bed.
I have had to work hard to empty the bed, which was a mess of tangled roots. This pile about one foot high and three feet in diameter is what's left:
As I screened the removed soil, I found grubs,
and evidence of the power of these roots trying to establish themselves, penetrating, even, some peach pits:
On the fun side of things, here is the apple of my yard:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I think the apricot tree is giving us her first fruits. I hope I am not mistaken. The little thing is only about 3/8 of an inch but cute as hell.
The plum is in full bloom:
And the apple looks like this:
I like, I like...