It's sad to say, but the 5 year old Peach tree I planted from Arborday.org died this year. I can at least say I got a fruit harvest off of it last summer, and they were delicious. I believe it was a fungus that is common in Peaches and nectarines where there is a wound around the base of the tree and gum begins to ooze out of the wound. It is recommended to use fungicide, but of course I researched when the peach died so there is no saving it now. I am going to replace it's space with mulberries that I have in pots.
Because it's warmer now, I am taking off the plastic and garden cloth, blankets and scarfs that I had the fruit trees wrapped in. Once it warmed up in the last couple of days, I have been distributing compost around some of the berry plants and on the hugelkultur mounds. I am acclimating and hardening off the goji berry plants and mulberries so I can transplant them outdoors. Below are pictures of the fruit trees that are blooming right now as well as the tulips that are blooming in the garden.
|plum tree in bloom|
|small Cherry tree (left), Plum & Pear trees blooming|
|20+ year old Peach tree|
|Chicago Hardy Fig tree|
|Brown Turkey Fig tree (front) & Cardboard mulching around blueberry patch|
|Compost mulching yellow raspberries & goji berry|