|Blueberries. I'm able to harvest these for about 4 or 5 weeks.|
|Figs all ripen over a couple of weeks.|
|Apples. Our first year to harvest!|
The blueberry bushes and fig trees were well established by the time we bought the place. We planted the apple tree almost four years ago and this is the first year it's produced enough for even a small harvest.
Another first harvest is elderberries.
|Elderberries beginning to ripen.|
These bushes, too, were planted our first year here and, finally, I've gotten enough to pick. Well, I might have last year, but competition with birds is stiff, especially since they'll eat them green. I'm wanting to make elderberry jelly with this first harvest.
Peaches were ready earlier in the summer, but they produced only a pitiful few.
Last year I was able to freeze three quarts in addition to eating them fresh. This year, barely enough for a bowl or two of cereal. Not even enough for ....
|Peach pie, made with last year's frozen peaches. I used my whitest rendered |
goat fat for the crust, and it was the tastiest and flakiest crust I ever made!
I got about a dozen plums for the first time, but almonds were a complete no-show although there were loads of blossoms. Neither did I get any hazelnuts, but those trees are still pretty small. Pears have yet to produce and I think my few cherries were eaten by the birds.
The other thing I've been harvesting is rose hips.
|Rugosa rose hips|
Still to come, wild persimmons and pecans. Maybe even some wild muscadines too. Last year I didn't get any persimmons or muscadines, but it was my best pecan year ever.
In the garden, melons have been a bust I reckon because of all the rain and so little sun. No matter, I'm thankful for whatever we get.
Homestead Harvest: Fruits and Nuts © August 2013