WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?

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.

Preservation Count

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…

Oh, and thanks for all the wonderful comments our family really appreciates hearing from our readers.  I did get around to responding to some, hopefully more today.

Comments(14)

  1. Sue says:

    Our apple tree didn’t bear for the last two years– bad freeze. I was ready to chop it down. I thought it’s productive years were over. But this year it is absolutely loaded with fruit and I’m putting up green apples as fast as I can (I LOVE green apples for cooking).

  2. Sue says:

    Our apple tree didn’t bear for the last two years– bad freeze. I was ready to chop it down. I thought it’s productive years were over. But this year it is absolutely loaded with fruit and I’m putting up green apples as fast as I can (I LOVE green apples for cooking).

  3. Jan says:

    LAst years freeze was bad here also. nO apples no peaches. This year the apples are loaded and huge. The peaches are loaded but they are very small fruits. Actually we had to thin it because there where too many tiny fruits on it.

  4. Jan says:

    LAst years freeze was bad here also. nO apples no peaches. This year the apples are loaded and huge. The peaches are loaded but they are very small fruits. Actually we had to thin it because there where too many tiny fruits on it.

  5. Sara F says:

    Not too many freezes to worry about here in SWFL but Mangoes still haven’t recovered from hurricanes. Hopefully next year we will be back to gathering a dozen a day.

  6. Sara F says:

    Not too many freezes to worry about here in SWFL but Mangoes still haven’t recovered from hurricanes. Hopefully next year we will be back to gathering a dozen a day.

  7. Joanne Poyourow says:

    Wierd weather – here across town we’re having bumper crops on our peach trees, to the point that we lost a branch last week. Our neighbor is experiencing the same thing with her peach tree.

    Anais, do you have any experiments with “power down” canning to relate? Have you tried any canning in the solar cooker? Are you drying any food this year – I recall you had a solar dehydrator once.

  8. Joanne Poyourow says:

    Wierd weather – here across town we’re having bumper crops on our peach trees, to the point that we lost a branch last week. Our neighbor is experiencing the same thing with her peach tree.

    Anais, do you have any experiments with “power down” canning to relate? Have you tried any canning in the solar cooker? Are you drying any food this year – I recall you had a solar dehydrator once.

  9. Melissa says:

    Fewer butterflies than usual seem to be visiting my garden in Pasadena this summer (at least that’s my impression).

  10. Melissa says:

    Fewer butterflies than usual seem to be visiting my garden in Pasadena this summer (at least that’s my impression).

  11. Janice K says:

    Hi Anais, this year we’re loaded with Oranges if you would some. I’m sorry your trees are not fruiting. Our pocket is zone 21(sunset) and although our plumerias did not make it, the Citrus fruits did fine in the “great freeze” Perhaps we can crop swap? I know it won’t count towards the weigh in, but I think it’s fun to eat other people’s harvests. My Mom and I crop swap all the time. She gave me eggplants for the peppers, zucchinis and oranges I gave her.

  12. Janice K says:

    Hi Anais, this year we’re loaded with Oranges if you would some. I’m sorry your trees are not fruiting. Our pocket is zone 21(sunset) and although our plumerias did not make it, the Citrus fruits did fine in the “great freeze” Perhaps we can crop swap? I know it won’t count towards the weigh in, but I think it’s fun to eat other people’s harvests. My Mom and I crop swap all the time. She gave me eggplants for the peppers, zucchinis and oranges I gave her.

  13. Janice K says:

    …Oranges if you would “like” some. Sorry, typo! I can drop them off on the way home from work.

  14. Janice K says:

    …Oranges if you would “like” some. Sorry, typo! I can drop them off on the way home from work.

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