Saturday, July 20, 2019

Okay, We Give Up

Even though I have really, really wanted to grow our own apricots (I have wonderful memories of the luscious, abundant amount of apricots from a backyard tree of my childhood -- in Illinois), we've finally given up.



We've sought out varieties of apricot trees that will (supposedly) grow and flourish in our area, but this is the third one that has died on us.


The root system of this one Papa Pea dug out yesterday was extensive, some of the roots traveling several feet in all directions, but apparently our winters simply don't make growing apricots possible.

As they say, there are no failures in gardening (ha!), only experiments.  End of this experiment.


The apples growing on our trees this year are plentiful.  Matter of fact, Papa Pea did quite a bit of thinning yesterday.  However, the apples are still small.  And green.  Very small and green.  But there's time yet for them to size up, turn color and maybe even mature before Jack Frost comes along to end the season.

13 comments:

Rain said...

Too bad about the apricots! I had dreams of peach trees, but I don't think that'll ever happen here. I hope the apples get bigger, that would be nice. My "experiment" with my lemon tree is officially over too, it completely died on me.

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Leigh said...

I'm about to give up on plums. I planted a Stanley prune-plum years ago but it has yet to produce anything. I seem to have trouble with prunus in general, so maybe it's time to consider alternatives.

Kristina said...

I've given up on plum trees. Died two times trying. Also elderberry. Deer ruined them last year. Oh, and our cherry tree died too. Just all experiences for us.

Goatldi said...

I have given up here on all trees. Of 8 + trees planted between 2013 to 2018 only one has survived. I have an almond tree that not only survived but flourished. Yet I have never tasted one single almond. Why? Two words “ground squirrels”.

I have to admit that between Geoffrey being chronically ill and I being his long term care give we weren’t in a position to plan and care as we used to in the day. However just going through the motions of “normal” was a harvest of sorts.

Looking forward to a chance to start again.

Mama Pea said...

Rain - And your lemon tree was looking so good! I think that's so discouraging when plants can look wonderful for a year or two and then . . . poof. Maybe we just have to learn the right moon phases under which to do our planting! (I believe there is actually something to that.)

wisps of words - Talked to a friend in mid-state New York this morning and she said they were expecting a temp of 105F today. Oh. my. gosh. Do take care!

Leigh - Yep, we babied our two plum tress for YEARS. We always got a gazillion blossoms but never one single fruit. Grrr! (Finally cut them down last year.)

Kristina - Boy, if the deer have a chance to get any any fruit tree around here, there's no chance of them surviving. Guess we all have to learn when it's time to stop an "experiment!" ;o)

Goatldi - Yes, there is the bird/rodent/deer aspect of growing your own fruit (or nuts) to battle. Those ground squirrels probably really appreciated all the high quality almonds you grew for them.

Your past few years have had to be devoted to maintaining your "normalcy" in every day life. That's very understandable. You did what was truly important.

So happy to know you're looking forward to this new phase of your life.



Rain said...

I believe in the influence of the Moon for plants as well Mama Pea. I planted by the Moon this year and look at my garden! :) Yeah, the lemon tree...I'll try again when we settle, the poor thing just kicked the bucket over the winter even though I tried everything to revive her!

Jan said...

We have two apricot trees that have grown beautifully for the last 4 years and produced one lonely apricot last year. Don't know if we'll ever get any!

Michelle said...

I'm always loathe to thin fruit on my fruit trees; it seems so wasteful! But bigger apples would be nice, especially on my little loaded Braeburn. Is there a "how-to" on thinning? Seems if you pull one that in a group, several more come off.

Mama Pea said...

Rain - Sometime I'll have to do a post about me trying (so hard!) to do planting strictly by the moon! Gave it up after a few years.

Jan - Why-oh-why are apricots, plums and peaches so hard to grow? Methinks it's mostly our particular climates in our locations. :o(

Michelle - Hubby who worked in an orchard all his high school years thins to only two (possibly three if they can be spaced well) of a cluster. After he had thinned the other day, I walked by a tree (too close obviously) and knocked two apples off with my wide-brimmed straw hat. Arrrgh.

Lynne said...

We have a pear tree that is just starting to bare some fruit. Seems like it took forever for it to do this. I don't know how many years it's suppose to take, but right now it's good. WE have three or four apple trees that are doing pretty good. I guess it's a game of chance if it works out and survives. Your apple trees do look good. xo

Mama Pea said...

Lynne - Oh, I do hope your pear tree is coming into its own now and will give you some luscious fruit. The apples on our trees look more plentiful than last year so we have high hopes for them. Although, truthfully, they blossomed so very late this year because of our cold spring/early summer and we usually have a hard time getting them to mature before a couple of hard frosts in the fall . . . so I will be surprised if they give us a good crop this year. But! There's always hope! :o)

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