I’m thinking of changing my “Garden Updates” to “Gardening Woes.” Will I ever be a gardener? The one thing that has always done well in our yard is our peach tree. We do nothing to it but thin them out and prune, and… voila! A million peaches.
This year I decided to fertilize. I don’t think that was the cause of our problem, but it is ironic that every time I try something, it seems something goes wrong. Everything was going great this year, or so I thought, until I went out to thin some peaches yesterday. Strangely, I found some crazy, funky, bubbling pink leaves.. and then more… and then more. I Googled it, only to discover we have peach tree curl!
Ugh! And, to make it worse, I read that I am too late this year to spray with a fungicide AND I probably will lose all my fruit. Apparently, this condition comes about from an overly wet season; which is definitely what we had. Here I thought the rain was helping!
Then there”s my apricot tree… also fertilized for the first time. A week ago it was loaded with beautiful blossoms and bees. Now all the blossoms are brown and falling off instead of turning into apricots. **sniff, sniff** I am certain there is a lesson to be learned; a beautiful metaphor for God and His creation somewhere… For tonight, I am just a little bummed!
On the bright side, my seeds LOVE their mini greenhouse. I am nervous to transplant them into our fungus-filled soil where they will also be vulnerable to the rats. So, I am waiting a bit longer and trying to decide what to do…
On the even brighter side, I am LOVING the time change… It means after dinner, I can do dishes and still have time to hang out outside with the family.
As wonderful as it is, I now have some bad summer fever… Looking forward to more barbecues, evening swims, and yes, even some more gardening woes…