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Old 23-02-2017, 11:08 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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My Red Haven peach tree is already making flowers ... last frost here is
not for another 6 weeks , looks like I'll be keeping a close eye on the
thermometer . The trees all have a (concrete reinforcing) wire cage around
them , I can wrap with a tarp if it's going to freeze . PITA , but I'd sure
like to get some peaches this year .

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Old 24-02-2017, 01:50 AM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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On 2/23/2017 5:08 PM, Terry Coombs wrote:
My Red Haven peach tree is already making flowers ... last frost here is
not for another 6 weeks , looks like I'll be keeping a close eye on the
thermometer . The trees all have a (concrete reinforcing) wire cage around
them , I can wrap with a tarp if it's going to freeze . PITA , but I'd sure
like to get some peaches this year .

I'm just pleased that my kumquat tree is coming back into a full coat of
leafs after getting hit by two 21F freezes back to back. Fed it some
citrus fertilizer today, it was 80F at mid afternoon. The pear tree is
properly pruned according to the AG agent here and it will get some
8-8-8 once the leaves start growing again. I might even get a little
fertilizer on the fig tree before long. The bay tree is now almost three
feet tall and the start was a six inch piece of the old trees limb when
it was planted in early 2013.

Unfortunately our Ugly lemon we planted was frozen back earlier and is
now starting to sprout from the roots. The Ugly Lemon is actually a
cross between a lemon and a grapefruit and the fruit is actually as big
as a large grapefruit and the tree has three inch spines growing on the
trunk. Also had some avocado's were killed, we will plant some more seed
and see what we get again.

We're coming into spring like gangbusters and I'm very happy.

George
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Old 24-02-2017, 04:13 AM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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In article ,
"Terry Coombs" wrote:

My Red Haven peach tree is already making flowers ... last frost here is
not for another 6 weeks , looks like I'll be keeping a close eye on the
thermometer . The trees all have a (concrete reinforcing) wire cage around
them , I can wrap with a tarp if it's going to freeze . PITA , but I'd sure
like to get some peaches this year .


Welcome to the new, ugly, hard to grow food in reality.

All our fruit blossoms got whacked last year, so no tree fruits. Today
it was 68F and our last frost date is mid to late May. Looking pretty
dubious for this year if this foolishness keeps up.

If you can set up to mist the flower buds, it helps - basically mist/fog
when it's getting cold and through the night - so long as new water is
freezing on the outside of the icicle, it stays at 32F/OC which is often
warm enough to save the flowerbuds. Blatantly swiped from citrus growers
way down south, but it saved my blueberries one year.

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Old 25-02-2017, 01:14 PM posted to rec.gardens.edible
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Ecnerwal wrote:
In article ,
"Terry Coombs" wrote:

My Red Haven peach tree is already making flowers ... last frost
here is not for another 6 weeks , looks like I'll be keeping a close
eye on the thermometer . The trees all have a (concrete reinforcing)
wire cage around them , I can wrap with a tarp if it's going to
freeze . PITA , but I'd sure like to get some peaches this year .


Welcome to the new, ugly, hard to grow food in reality.

All our fruit blossoms got whacked last year, so no tree fruits. Today
it was 68F and our last frost date is mid to late May. Looking pretty
dubious for this year if this foolishness keeps up.

If you can set up to mist the flower buds, it helps - basically
mist/fog when it's getting cold and through the night - so long as
new water is freezing on the outside of the icicle, it stays at
32F/OC which is often warm enough to save the flowerbuds. Blatantly
swiped from citrus growers way down south, but it saved my
blueberries one year.


It's 27 outside as I type this . Maybe , just maybe because they're not
fully bloomed out some will survive . I was going to have to thin them
anyway ...
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