Sunday, January 17, 2010

Blink and you'll miss it

Our first nectarine harvest, from our two-and-a-half year old tree, has been and gone! I love stone fruit, so I was thrilled that this year we managed to get edible fruit. The first year none of the five or so flowers set fruit while the second year I suspect fungus was to blame for every fruit being mummified.

This year, we had about 15 fruit that looked good. The first couple of ripe ones were nibbled by an unknown creature (possum? Fruit bat? Birds? Please, not a rat...), but after the tree was encased in netting, we managed to get about eight edibles before the last few succumbed to mould after some hot and damp weather.

Stone fruit self-sufficient we are not, but it does feel good to have a toe in the door of the orchard business!

And next year I might even manage to take in-focus photos!

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