Monday, July 18, 2011

Before and After: Time to Harvest

"After" three years of waiting for the peach tree to grow. It is now a very happy tree and producing like crazy.
Many of you who have followed katiedid for awhile know we have been working on our house for some time. We have most recently been trying to get the back yard in shape. This summer is the first year our yard has felt like a relaxing beautiful place to be vs. a place under construction. 

We had begun planting a couple of years ago after amending the hard packed clay soil. The idea for the garden is to make it as edible as possible. We started citrus trees in pots and planted fruit trees along the back of the house: peach, plum, apricot, nectarine and apple. There are herbs everywhere: rosemary, thyme, various sages, and lots of lavender. We have potted a couple of pomegranate bushes and blueberry bushes fill in between the trees. There are also pots of beans and tomatoes. Tim just finished another raised bed so we can put in a few more vegetables.

You may remember this post right after we had planted the peach tree. Ahem....we had not painted the house yet after the house remodel, and it is still in the same state. Somehow pecking away at planting the garden does not seem so expensive as compared to getting the house painted. And yes, we rationalize the garden is paying us back.

"Before". The year we planted the peach tree. It seems like yesterday our tree was just a little twig.
Well....we have been very busy picking peaches for the last week. Tim had covered the tree with netting so the birds and squirrels would not get the fruit. We harvested enough peaches to stuff ourselves into a fructose coma, and enough to pass out to all of the neighbors. We have made two delicious peach cobblers and plan to try our hand at peach preserves. It has been a bountiful harvest.

But those squirrels are pesky little critters and have found a way in through the netting. We are harvesting as much as we can before they get the rest. I guess I can't blame them. There is nothing quite like a peach direct from your own tree. And nothing quite so satisfying as the realization that we had a hand in making it happen.

Harvest Time
My morning ritual of the paper  and breakfast has a whole new flavor. It is decidedly juicier.

 Have a wonderful Monday and a beautiful week!


Meg @ Nutmeg and Co. said...

Oh, your peaches look delicious! I would love to have a peach tree at our house. Perhaps when we re-work our back yard.

Splendid Sass said...

The peaches look perfect, and the bowl of fruit is gorgeous! Have to have peach now. Glad it has come together so beautifully for you.

Pigtown-Design said...

peach smoothies. can you cut them into quarters and freeze some for the winter? also grilled peaches. yum

The enchanted home said...

The peaches looks ridiculously good, the pictures are so clear I feel like I could reach in and grab one! Yummy!!

Shannon said...

Sooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats one impressive tree!

under spanish moss said...

How wonderful...picking your own peaches for breakfast. We are hoping to plant some fruit trees the next planting season. Such an inspiration. Angela and Renee

Claudia Juestel said...

Chartreuse green with envy! Living in the city having a garden is what I miss most. The peaches look gorgeous. I am sure they taste even better. I can think of a ton of recipes.



dollystar said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww, deliciosos, coloridos e perfumados!!!!!


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Alcira Molina-Ali said...

How beautiful,

There really is something like seeing God in a plant that bears fruit.
Do enjoy every juicy bite ;)
Cheers, Alcira

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

yum. in only 3 year too? love that good ol california sunshine!


Erica said...

Yum! I love peaches! And yours looks so perfect.

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CJ/Rick said...

Those look great. Beautiful photo. Glad you're enjoying a good crop. They say grass hoppers are eating the peaches in TX because all the grass is dead due to the draught.

Willow's Quiet Corner said...

Oh, Yum! What time is breakfast? ? ? ;) I just bought a dwarf peach tree and can't wait until it starts producing! Nothing says summer to me as much as fresh, ripe, juicy peaches! Mmmmmm!

Sarah @ Sarah said...

Katie- It must be so gratifying to be eating and cooking with peaches from your very own tree! Truly the fruit of your labor. Very cool. I live in the city and can barely even fathom maybe growing some potted herbs outside.... The best thing I have going is a couple aloe plants. I used to grow Nasturtiums when I lived in Maine... Beautiful and addictive edible flowers! So pretty on salads. Looks like you're having fun coming up with peach concoctions. Do you plan on slicing any and freezing them?