Our little backyard orchard hasn’t been doing well at all this summer. Each tree has only been producing a few fruits. The Asian Pear tree had lots of new growth in the spring, but some of the branches turned black and just died out.
But we did manage to get at least 10 fruits growing on different varieties of Pear branch. Even with the small amount of fruits that showed up, the birds are trying to get to them before it’s ready to pick.
I think I’m going to have to take some small brown bags or newspaper and wrap each fruit to prevent birds from attacking them. It won’t be too hard since I only have a few fruits on the tree. I know Asian pear farms in China hand pollinate their trees and hand wrap the fruits too. No wonder it’s so expensive!
In the beginning of the year, I had decided to prune down the Mexicola avocado tree because it was just getting too big (wide and tall). Now I’m starting to think the heavy pruning caused it to fruit less. Even after the pruning, it did send off lots of blooms and even started to form tiny fruits. But most of the tiny fruits started to drop by end of spring. And now I am just down to 2 fruit on the tree. Well, maybe the tree is just taking a break and next year it will bear more fruits. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Summer has officially arrived on June 20th and I hope everyone is staying cool. As much as I love summer greens & fruits, I don’t know if I like the summer heat as much. But thank goodness for the cool breeze blowing off the deltas and river ways.
Our mini fruit orchard is making an effort. The Mexicola avocado tree is doing well. It has produced at least 10 fruits, compare to last year of 1 fruit. Next year we may actually give it avocado fertilizer and see if that helps.
The other trees in the garden which I didn’t get to photograph include the Wonderful pomegranate, Algerian clementine, apricot and Bacon Avocado. The apricot tree has some strange little holes on it’s leaf and I haven’t found a cure for it. Since it’s still young and the roots haven’t been established yet, it makes it difficult to fight off any disease. But once it’s a few years older, maybe it will do better.
Most of the trees are struggling, but the Asian Pear tree was the most productive, with close to 30 pears! I was hoping the fruit size would be larger and I don’t know if it will continue to get bigger. It’s probably because we’ve been conservative about watering our garden.
Anyhow, at the rate of things in the state of California, we really don’t know how long we will live in one location. But either way, we put down these fruit trees and maybe the next generation can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Photo taken with Samsung Note 2
We had quite a bit of rain in March and everything is coming up green in our area. Spring is possibly the most cheery time of the year as little blossoms start showing their colors.
Here are some white Asian pear blossoms from our multi-grafted pear tree. Last spring there was only a handful of flowers. So I think this year we could have a good crop of pears – compare to last year’s total of 3 fruits 🙂 That is if the bee population is healthy and strong and ready to do their their busy bee thing soon.
This will be year #3 for my little backyard orchard. The nice thing about growing trees or annuals is that once it’s in the ground, there isn’t much else to do except to watch it grow. Well except for the usual care such as pruning, mulching, fertilizers, keeping the bugs off and of course water! And despite all the rain we’ve had this winter, Governor Brown had to remind us know that we are not in the black yet, so we must all conserve and limit our water usage. Wonder if it’s not too late to start collecting some of that rain water.
Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S3