It has been a long, dry, growing season this year for stone fruit.
Two months without any substantial rainfall is not conducive to large fruit sizes. Consequently, when Amy and I decided to pick the peaches and nectarines tonight, we were slightly disappointed by the harvest.
Luckily, the netting that Ben and I had put in place had worked, and no birds had managed to weasel their way underneath it.
Both trees were intact. It took us about 10 minutes to remove the net and to pick all of the fruit, which although were quite sweet to taste, they were lacking moisture and juice.
Having said that, these fruit are edible, but I think we are going to stew them and make sorbet out of both lots.
So tomorrow night we will be attempting to make some sort of iced confectionery.
Wish us luck.