A Few Summer Fruits

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.

Clumping Bamboo Shoot

This will be year 3 for my clumping bamboo.  The reason I chose this variety is because it won’t spread too far.

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I’ve never grown bamboo before so I didn’t know what to expect.  For a while it didn’t do much growing and then after a few spring rain, this little bamboo shoot came out of nowhere.

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One thing I do know about bamboo is that they can grow fast.  So a few days later I saw this long skinny bamboo stalk growing as tall as the parent plant.  For someone that has never grown bamboo, this was really exciting to see!

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Another thing that also enjoyed the spring rain is the Wonderful pomegranate bush.  There seem to be more blooms this  year, so that’s a good sign.

Photos taken by Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

A Very Dry Summer

California is in a severe drought.  And we are doing our part by saving as much water as we can.  I could go and on, but I’ll leave it as our worse summer to garden yet.   We had to conserve more water and didn’t give much to our garden.  The backyard grass has gone yellow and we are thinking of putting down ground covers and paver stones now.

On the bright side, my mini orchard is doing fine.  I was glad to put in the ground before the drought warning.  So we try to water them at least a few times a week.

Mexicola Avocado

And surprise, surprise… we have 1 avocado.  To think of all these blooms, we have only 1 fruit.  Along with almonds, avocado need a lot of water to grow.  So I just don’t know how successful these avocado trees will be for us.  Maybe it’s time to get some rain barrels and start collecting rain water too.

Last year we had lots of blooms on our Persian lime bush.  By autumn we had only 1 lime.  M jokes about how much gallon of water went into that one little lime.  But I figure it’s their first few years and they do need the water.  After they become established and healthy, they will do much better.