Tonight I walked through the garden to do a check-up on all of the fruit tree's. It's important to check them regularly to become aware of any problems before they get too serious. With my citrus trees, scale can spread among them quite quickly, but can easily be taken care of if I catch it early on one tree (instead of waiting until it has spread to all ten). I have quite a few young trees that I've planted over the past year, and since every fruit care class I've ever taken has encouraged removing fruit for the first couple of years (to encourage a healthy root system on the tree), I removed all of my fruit about a month ago. Well, today while walking the grounds I saw a few pieces that I missed.
Someone once told me that every piece of fruit you pull off in the first year will give you three pieces of fruit the following year. I'm not sure if that is true, but I'm not chancing it. Which is why this Dorsett apple just got yanked off the branch and discarded.
The same happened to this Independence Nectarine.
And this Gold Dust Peach.
This practice doesn't just apply to fruit tree's though, it also applies to blueberries. So say so long to these Sharp Blue blueberries too, while you're at it.
As much as it's hard to pull off this fruit, I can't help but thinking how much better my fruit is going to taste in the long run, and how much healthier my trees will be.
Additional bad news tonight though- leaf curl. I have it on both of my peach trees, and I'm pretty sure I have it on my nectarine as well. This makes me sad. I shall now spend the rest of the evening searching the UC Davis IPM website to see what I can do about it. As far as I can tell there really is nothing I can do until the fall.