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Death in the Orchard

June 13, 2011

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Things Die All the Time, On the Farm

So we are growing things.  Asparagus. Strawberries. Peas. Fruit from trees and fruit from bushes.  Eggs from chickens. Meat from chickens.  Corn and beans and wheat.  We try to grow stuff that is healthy.

But shit happens.  Things die.

Pie Cherries

When one of your fruit trees bites the bullet it is especially hard.  And that is just what happened.  The dwarf pie cherry tree just turned up dead on Saturday.  WTF?  It was growing, and it had flowered, and the flowers had turned to cute little cherries and then (out of the blue) the whole tree is dead.  D-E-D, dead.  No evidence of foul play.  No evidence of assault by insects, or deer.  Nuthin’.

So we son’t be baking any home-made cherry pies this year.  And it may be too late in the season to replace the little pie cherry tree.  Usually I would like to plant a fruit tree on or about the equinox.  So maybe, (maybe?) we will have to wait until next spring to replace the little cutie.

Focus on the Positive

The dwarf pie cherry tree is dead.  It was just a little sucker.  We got some cherries off of it, but never enough to bake a pie.  It was a midget.  It only got to be 4 feet tall.  So, we will move on. 

The peas in the 2 raised beds next to the potatoes and the winter wheat reached maturity.  We got in there and harvested just short of a bushel of peas.  It took six of us to stand around the kitchen table to get them shelled.  Quite a few were eaten, during the processing process.

We ate a good batch of sweet peas for dinner on Sunday.  Steamed and buttered.  They are just plain old delicious.  The survivors are in the freezer, awaiting dispatch into soups, vegetable medleys, and plain old supper.  Another picking will commence shortly.  So, even though we suffered a death in the orchard, we are living large on the harvest of our sweet peas.  After the second harvest, we will uproot the plants, compost them, and plant some other crop in the raised beds.

What comes to mind at this time is carrots.  But it may be more peas, or something else.  We shall see.

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