Two years ago I planted a Peach Tree from a seed, it’s now beginning it’s third year.

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My Ornamental Peach Tree.

Two years ago this past March (2019) I planted two Peach pits in a large planter filled with 75% compost and 25% worm castings. Worm tea was added a week later and the tree took off like a rocket. Last year, one year ago, it was planted in the ground with full sunshine after spending its first winter safe and warm in the garage. I would be amiss if I did not mention that this tree has been a source of great pleasure to me, it may take a gardener to fully appreciate what a successful planting of a tree from seed means. The Peach Tree originated in the yard of the house that burned down 6 years ago, the lady has an unbelievably productive and flavorful tree. Two seeds were planted, normally I have planted 3 to a spot which made one surviving most likely, in this case, both of them made it. Both of the small trees were 18 inches high when I decided to intertwine them making them into one tree which may be part of the success recipe. The trunks are twisted around one another but one of them clearly outperforms the other as it is about 4 times the diameter of the smaller one. The trunk has a unique look to it but the twisted trunk I was hoping for did not emerge, one dominates over the other. At the beginning of what is now it’s the third year growing, the combined trunk is 2″ in diameter, by this time next year it may be double that.

The worm castings (manure) consist of mostly natural nitrogen in a form the plants can use as soon as it comes in contact with the root system. Separating the worms from the scat is an accepted course of action however I have decided to stop separating them. The colonies combined are populated by at least 100,000 worms, I have 13 farms. Nine raised beds that make keeping track of them impossible, but a cursory count may be taken by clawing away the top organic material, leaves mostly. I’ve decided to leave the worms in the castings because it allows me to not be concerned with thinning out the bins in the garage and starting new ones. That is one reason the Peach Tree is doing so well, the worms will stay near the surface of the planting site they live in the partially decomposed leaves and the newly fallen ones. The worm tea is as good for the plants as the solid manure, but the tea is a bit more flexible in its use not only because it is liquid making it easier to disperse but it is able to be diluted with water up to 10 times, one gallon of worm tea can be extended to 10 gallons. When sprayed on the leaves of the plant the tea discourages other pests such as aphids, and the plant will absorb the liquid through its leaves.

My initial goal when deciding to plant the Peach Tree from seeds had to do with my other Peach Tree. After the inadvertent removal of a different Peachtree 8 years ago, which by the way had excellent Peaches, a daughter gave to us another. Unfortunately, it is the wrong species of tree, the best I am able to figure out is it is an “ornamental” Peach Tree. At one time I thought it was just an odd tree, but after all of these years, the realization that the fruit will never get any better took hold. The leaves stay purple until August every year, only then do they turn green, about the time the fruit ripens. The peaches are the size of a ping pong ball, mushy, with no flavor, and there are what seems to be thousands of them on the tree. This year is no exception, we will be buried in non-edible fruit. One year we made cobbler from them, it wasn’t horrible but not good enough to make it twice, I admit to sitting in the garden and eating a few each year, but I did have a plan which I may still execute.

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The Peach Tree I planted from two seeds, this photo was taken a month ago.

Instead of planting seeds I enlisted a grandson that worked with his stepdad in a tree trimming business, the stepdad is an arborist. My plan was to splice branches on the existing tree from my neighbors and reap the benefits. I’m a bit reckless on occasion and this was no exception when I dragged my 22-year-old grandson down to the burned out house. Yeh, you can do it he told me, but he reasoned to take that many cuttings from the larger tree may be detrimental to its health, besides he told me it’s stealing Grandpa. I replied to it all basically with one word “Oh.” I should have known better for sure but it didn’t cross my mind, after all, I harvest limbs from trees all of the time to make my walking canes out of. “That’s stealing too Grandpa”, he told me to which I replied again “Oh” and left it at that. He had visions of bars in front of him I suppose.

That drove the decision to plant seeds, he bought into it. “Well,” I said, “How about if we plant a Peach pit that has a sprout coming out of it?”

“Yeh, that may work, but most of the time it doesn’t and if it does the fruit is horrible.” The wise guy told me.

“What have you been up to?” Grandma asked him when we retreated indoors.

“Grandpa wanted to steal the ladies tree at the burned down house.” He dropped the dime on me, now I was in for it. Grandmothers and Grandkids unite together to oppose the Grandfather, they think it’s funny or something. “Actually,” I said defending myself, “that was just part of the conversation I never did say I was going to actually do it.” The responding looks I received from both of them would chill lemonade.

I took the hint and went back out to the garden to plant my seeds, minus the grandson who was probably in the kitchen eating cookies and stuff with Grandma talking about how they got over on me, but two years later it’s a different song on the phonograph.

How about we plant that tree over yonder? Next to the Beets, see there?

“That Peach Tree is doing fantastic,” Grandma said this morning totally forgetting the negativity laid at my doorstep just a mere two years earlier. success in two different avenues. Even though the tree is still small, 4 feet high it has 12 Peaches on it. I thought about plucking them off to enable the tree to use all of its energy building the root system and beefing up the trunk but it’s doing so well I decided to let them grow and ripen. In about two months the verdict should be out, the fruit will be ripe and unless it cross-bred with the other Peach Tree the fruit should be wonderful, large, juicy, and sweet.

There is another issue with the existing Peach Tree, I have been battling wrinkled leaf disease for most of it’s life and this year is especially bad, several days of frost helps during the winter to control it. This year we had one or two frost days, the tree looks to be in bad shape and there is nothing I can do until fall, I hope it makes it that long.

Thanks for reading and sharing, I appreciate the time it takes.

Jacques Lebec Natural Self Reliance.

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