Sunday, July 3, 2011

And the Plants Grow On.....

After our strange wet weather earlier this year many things were planted late.  But, now they seem to be flourishing.  Cute little gourds are growing....


as are birdhouse gourds.


The pear trees have really taken off, as they always do.  Nothing gets in their way. 


We also might get a handful of peaches this year.  They are not as prolific as the pears.


The apples seem to be doing pretty well. 


Do any of you have fruit trees on your property or farms?  If so...what do you do with all of the bounty....besides making jam! 

26 comments:

  1. We have apple trees and we make loads of apple pies each fall and deep freeze them to eat throughout the year.

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  2. Never thought I'd have to compete with the squirrels...picking pears.

    It is quite a sight to see them racing off and up a tree with a pear in their mouth.

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  3. no fruit here. too hot and dry i guess, altho there are some peach farms in the area (but i bet they irrigate).

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  4. We used to have an inground swimming pool that is now filled in and holds 2 cherry trees, 1 peach, 1 apple, 1 pear and 1 plum. They are not mature enough to give us a lot of fruit yet, but they are getting there. A few cherries, some plums...nothing is as mature as what you have. It will be so nice when we can go out there and pick fresh fruit.

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  5. Yay for your garden!

    I don't have fruit trees now but a few years ago I lived in southern Indiana and had a couple dozen. We made lots of apple butter and applesauce; and dried tons of apple and pear slices. I had 2 dehydrators going at all times.

    Can't wait to see your ripe fruit!

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  6. I love the pic of the baby gourds:) too cute!
    Right now we are having an abundance of peas from our farm (we farm peas,beans and hay) I dont have any fruit trees yet.
    My Mom would always make healthy fruit leathers and dry alot of the fruit, as well as jams, jellies and pies.
    I think we saw what I do with lots of strawberries;)

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  7. We'll have a boat load of peaches this year after two years of nothing. So looking forward to it.

    Usually freeze them for future eating later on... :)

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  8. Aren't those Zephyr squash pretty? I love the yellow and green together on one fruit. They did well for me when I tried them.

    I have no fruit trees... yet. I want two dwarf apple trees for our front yard, with slightly different fruiting times. That way the harvest can stretch out.

    I grew birdhouse and dipper gourds one year, and they went up a large tree. The squirrels would eat them like crazy! Ended up with only a handful of good ones left. Maybe that's a good way to draw them away from your pears.

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  9. Pear... strange word. Got one, pear. Got two, pear or pare or whatever. They still sound the same.

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  10. Pears, peaches, apples....sounds like you live in heaven!!
    I'm at strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons.
    Want to trade?
    :)))

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  11. We live on a century old farm and the early owners planted apples, pears, cherries and plums. We have one big apple tree, 3 pear trees and several plum trees.The thing is we don't spray them so the apples never look too good, but the pears are nice and so are the plums. We just eat them and don't put them up. Naughty us. My mom would have been canning everything.... she was like that. I didn't get that gene.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Your fruit and veggies are much further along than mine!

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  13. My wife likes to grow all of the weird shaped or colored gourds.

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  14. There is an abandoned apple orchard on the ridge behind our place. We don't venture back there because of the tick problem this year but the deer herd sure do love it!

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  15. Mmmm...fresh pears. I wish we had fruit trees, instead I just hit up my local fruit/veggie farm for ours. I'm going to try my hand at canning some sweet pickles. Will let you know how that goes. :)

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  16. Love seeing everything growing! We used to have a peach tree that never did well. A sour cherry tree did very well until it died. :( I used to make cobbler and pie with that fruit.

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  17. Great garden pix. Our cold, wet weather lasted all through June so we are getting a very late start. I hope my plants will soon look as happy as yours.

    We grow apples and pie cherries. The apples go into bottled pie filling, the cherries make cherry pie filling if we can keep the robins at bay.

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  18. We have apples, so it's applesauce and pie filling around here! Are the gourds growing from your hay bales??? Happy 4th!

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  19. During the 22 years of country living we raised plenty of food for two 21 cu/ft freezers plus the of the time. During those good yrs we gave plenty away. Thought about setting up a and at the end of the driveway but our rd. was 1 mile long and not used as a cutover pathway to a main rd. I wasn't about to sit the sit there all day. Soooo, we gave away the extra. Today I would consider a farmers market. More around today.

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  20. looks great....we have been wanting to get a couple of fruit trees...

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  21. Hey there....
    We have NO fruit trees in our yard, but we do have thousands of them at them at the farm...Sad thing is, we sell them and I never get to reap any of the fruits...

    Enjoy your 4th..
    Blessings,
    shug

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  22. It all looks so wonderful! Bet the pears are delicious.

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  23. You have some lovely fruit there, my pads to small for fruit tree, most folks over here make chutney to use up the fruit, or apple sauce and freeze it.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  24. We have apple and pear trees that are coming along nicely so far....until the squirrels start attacking them! UGH

    I am so jealous over your gourds....this year the bloom on the gourds, squash and zuchinni are falling off before the fruit forms. So all those veggies are scarce around my state :(

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  25. My husband and I have an orcahrd on our property - 120 trees of apples, pears and quince. We sell at farmers markets and I do LOTS of canning! Jams, Butters, Preserves etc

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