Hey, Spring. Don’t mind us. It’s not like we’ve been huddled up waiting for you for AN ENTIRE MONTH or anything.
This weekend was the first time this year that we were finally able to spend a little time outdoors. In shorts. Smoking cigars and sipping Arnold Palmers in mason jars. Yes, sir. It’s officially Spring. Well, from the look at the weather for the rest of the week, it might already be Summer.
As we’re not sure how many more peaceful Spring afternoons we’ll have in this house – our neighbors’ impending renovations out back are threatening to inhibit our ability to do so for the next 4 months – we decided to take full advantage and do absolutely nothing but sit outside and soak it all up.
The two trees in the back are our avocado tree, Guacamo, and our peach tree, James. Yes, we name our plants around here. While the avocado plant will apparently never produce fruit (or so the Interwebs have claimed), we’re pretty excited about our little dwarf peach tree. It’s self-pollinating, although unless we are actually “lucky” enough to get some bee action on this baby, we’ll probably have to help it along. I’ve read you can take a soft brush and dust each of the flowers on the tree to transfer some pollen around from bloom to bloom to mimic the bee-pollinating process. I’d personally rather do that manual step than sit next to bees all afternoon.
For anyone else looking for a fruit tree, they’re currently $20 at Lowe’s (and if you have the Chase Freedom card, Lowe’s is 5% cash-back this quarter). The container is a 15″ planter from Target ($12). Dwarf fruit trees should be replanted in planters 12-18″ in diameter soon after purchasing. When I was there last week, they had several different peach trees – I chose the Elberta because it was the only one short enough to shove in my back seat – cherry, lemon, lime, apple, and plum trees.
As for the rest of the garden…. well we’re making a few changes this year for convenience and due to the unknown in regards to how much the renovations next door will affect our back patio area. We’ve already been informed of the probably of debris and dust. Womp wah. Anyway, more on the garden and our latest kitchen project later this week!