Kim and I spent the good part of an hour un-netting and picking peaches yesterday as the weather cooled.
We managed to pick about 5-6 kg and left a few for the rainbow lorikeets who have a taste for them. We kept about half of these and gave the other half to a good friend.
This is the biggest crop of juicy peaches we have ever harvested off this tree. I believe that it was a couple of factors that contributed to the larger crop. Firstly, abundant water. We watered with grey water from the washing machine every few days.
Secondly, I didn’t prune the tree last winter and the growth was out of control. So much so that one of the more heavily laden limbs broke off on a windy day.
The plan this year is once the birds have finished off the remaining fruit, I will shape the tree about a metre shorter, and this should allow enough time for some more summer growth before leaf drop in autumn.
I will do the same for all the fruit trees this year instead of pruning in winter as I have in the past.
As this variety is clingstone, they are difficult to preserve, so it looks like we will be eating them fresh or cooking with them over the next couple of weeks. I do like a nice peach and apple crumble. Don’t you?