While our other fruit trees have been loaded, this year the lack of flowers this year on our decade old 10′ high citrus has us concerned. Simply put very little flowers equals very little fruit. Our two orange trees haven’t really fully recovered from the freeze of January ’07 (which hit the urban homestead hard) It takes a few years for fruit trees to fully recover and bear a bountiful harvest.
BB, before bees, we’d harvest about 500 lbs from our two semi dwarf trees, with the bees we were anticipating an even bigger and better harvest but not this year. Relying on such heavy weights and maturing fruit trees would really help us get to our goal of 10k on 1/10th acre.
So without our oldest and biggest fruit producers it’ll be interesting to find out close we can get to 10k. Farmer D and J are sweating and it’s not just the heat.
Last week was certainly a productive week here on the urban homestead. Life is busy but good.
Three days – 35 quarts! Yippie do da.
Coming up what we urban homesteaders ate last week…
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