Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Peaches


Ever since I was a kid, my family has had peach trees despite the looming knowledge that the place we live in isn't the best for growing them. It's too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, and the soil isn't particularly lovely in my area. However, that's never stopped us! We love peaches way too much!

The past several years, we've been extremely successful at taking care of the Peach Tree in our backyard, and have been able to get more and more fruit off of it every year as it increases in size. When it comes to the fruit, we have to leave them on the tree for a much longer amount of time for them to ripen enough to be picked. The hard part is keeping the birds out of them...


This year, we got several buckets full! My mom and I picked all of these, and we left the ones near the top of the tree (My mom and I are both the same height, 5 feet 5 inches, so we couldn't reach the top of the tree), and all of the fruit that had been partially eaten by birds and squirrels. We didn't have very much trouble with any insects, we found a few spiders, several slugs, and a ladybug, but that was all. 

My family cuts up the peaches into halves and freeze them in gallon Ziploc bags to freeze them. We use the frozen peaches for smoothies, homemade ice cream, and pies! Which are all super delicious! 

We ended up with 11 Ziplocs full of peach halves! We made sure to give some to our neighbors and friends.

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