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Peach update

Tiny peaches forming out of withered flowers.

Remember how I wrapped our two peach trees three weeks ago to keep them from freezing?  Tuesday, I noticed that a few tiny peaches are popping out of withered flowers on the bigger tree, but I still don't know if the wrapping did any good.

There are only about a dozen peaches forming, but is that because it's the peach's first year to fruit and it knows better than to bite off more than it can chew?  Or is it because the other flowers got nipped by the frost?

Are the fruits coming out of flowers which opened after the frost?  (There were a few late-bloomers.)  Or did my swaddling and water treatment do some good?

Next time I protect plants from a freeze, I'll keep better notes.  For now, though, I'm just excited that we may get to taste a peach or two from our own soil this year!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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