Category Archives: fruit

Monday Morning Harvest

This is what we harvested this morning.  We last picked vegetables Saturday afternoon, so the garden is producing pretty well, as it should be by mid-summer. I grow pole beans on a trellis.  Most of these are large ‘fortex’ beans … Continue reading

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Why Are Cranberries so Sour?

Glenn Facey explains in his blog: NMR of Cranberries. Why Are They So Sour? TL;DR version:  Organic acids (malic, citric, quinic, and benzoic) contribute to the tart or sour taste of cranberries.  

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Weekend Harvest 08

We just picked some vegetables and fruit from our garden.  Botanically, I guess they’re all classified as fruit as they all contain seeds. The pole beans (‘Kentucky blue’ and ’emerite’ varieties) were producing heavily in July, but the hot, dry weather … Continue reading

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Weekend Harvest 07

It rained Thursday, we were busy Friday, and it rained again Saturday, so there was a lot of produce waiting for us in the garden today. The two small bowls at the front contain ‘nectar’ cherry tomatoes and blackberries.  In the large bowl … Continue reading

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Blackberry Flower

My blackberry brambles have started to flower.  I believe only the chester thornless blackberries have flowers and the triple crown thornless blackberry buds haven’t started to open just yet.  Chester flowers are pink, while triple crown are white; you can see … Continue reading

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Bloomin’ Cherry Tree

Since I posted a close-up of cherry flowers four days ago,  nearly all of the flowers have opened on my ‘north star’ pie cherry tree. There are a lot of flowers even though I removed many of the branches when I pruned … Continue reading

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Pruning & More Pruning

I got most of my spring pruning done today.  The tools I used were small, bypass pruners; large, lopping pruners; and a Japanese saw.  All of these tools are able to make a clean cut if they are sharp; I had … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms

The ‘north star’ cherry tree is blooming. Not all of the flower buds have opened yet.

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Freeze Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for my area for tonight, which means that temperatures may dip below freezing.  It might freeze again tomorrow night. Since the peach tree is blooming, I decided to cover it with … Continue reading

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Peach Blossom

My peach tree blooms earlier than most of the flowering plants that I grow, at about the same time as my tulips and the first of the azaleas but after the hyacinths. I need to prune the peach and cherry soon; … Continue reading

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