Tuesday, May 28, 2019


For those that may have missed it, we had loose cattle in the yard.  See the post HERE about it.

Cows back home, fence up and all is good.  

Oh and we got some free fertilizer out of the deal, ha.  I was mowing Saturday when I saw the cow patties and I thought "where did THAT come from?" and then I saw the cow.  And another.  Anyway, click the link above if you missed it.

I did get to mow on Saturday in between cow drama.

Then on Sunday I worked on the fruit trees, keeping the grass and weeds out of the beds, watering, etc.

Here are some photos:

This might not look like it yet, but it's a plum.  There are about ten on the tree, all in varying states of ripening.  IN this picture it looks kind of peachy but it's a soft pink color, turning to red at some point...

Here is a pear, one of two on the tree.  It's still early but doing well...

Peach or nectarine
This is the weird supposed to be a peach (Flordaking variety).  Of course one had split so I pulled it off, tore it open and it smells like a peach and looks like a peach.  Not sure.  Could it be a nectarine?  They all have the speckles on them, not sure if that's a disease or not, need to do some research as they get closer to ripening.  Oh and one that is further along feels like it's developing peach fuzz and I don't think nectarines do that...?

Meyer lemon
This is the Meyer lemon tree, doing great...

Satsuma orange
Here is an satsuma orange.  There are a few on the tree, growing nicely...

And this is the lime tree, has several blooms and several smaller fruits on it.  Looks good and healthy...

There was one more gardening project I did, but I'll save that for another post.  

Hope you had a great weekend!


  1. your fruit trees are really doing well.

    "Applying a mulch properly will cut down on problems later on.
    A mulch needs to be put on at a depth of 4 and ½ to 6 inches for maximum moisture retention.
    Summer mulching around fruit trees is great for water conservation, but in the Fall the mulch should be pulled away from the trunk to prevent damage from mice or other rodents.
    If mildew or fungus problems arise, remove the mulch and allow the sun to shine on the soil for a couple days. This will kill the disease spores. Then mulch with fresh material."

    1. Thanks for this info. I have been thinking of getting some more bags of mulch just to top off. That would make it about 4 inches deep for now. Thanks!!

  2. It's hard for us to grow fruit trees here, they are always under attack from fungus of one type or the other. Looks like you are going to have a variety of fresh fruit this fall.

    That wayward cow had quite the set of horns on her.

    1. That's too bad about not being able to have fruit trees.

      Are you saying that cow looked horny? HA! Couldn't resist!

  3. WOW! Your orchard is just bustin' out!

    1. Thank you, hopefully we'll be bustin out for sure!!

  4. Those aren't cow patties. Over here we call them "Meadow Muffins".

  5. Your orchard is beautiful! And now you even have some natural fertilizer for your trees!

    1. "R" told me "scoop it up and put it in the sun to dry". So I did. Not a huge amount a few patties, or muffins, ha.

  6. I love your orchard! We lost all of our fruit trees except 1 Red Haven peach. We also lost the honeyberries, blueberries, strawberries, and 1 grapevine. Lots of starting over up here


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