Spring Harvest

We planted 4 heirloom tomatoes plants months ago and have been anxiously awaiting fresh tomatoes –  and not very patiently in my case. After losing quite a few to birds, squirrels, tomato hormworms and the like – I was finally able to harvest some Black Krims and Brandywines. Fresh salsa for me!

In addition to the tomatoes – our perennial pepper plants are churning out tons of sweet peppers. Central Texas has been getting rain like I’ve never seen over the past 4-6 weeks. RAIN. LITERALLY. EVERY. DAY.

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The large tomatoes are Brandywines, the smaller and darker ones are Black Krims. There are some Purple Beauty peppers at the top, as well as a few California Wonder peppers mixed in there.

The plants are enjoying the daily showers – and the husband and I are enjoying not having to water anything. We’re still getting sunshine as well – the rain has been occurring mostly at night, which is nice.

The artichoke plants are a constant battleground in which daily wars are waged with stink bugs. I hate those little suckers – and the chickens refuse to help out by eating any of them. Yesterday I pulled a tomato hornworm off the plant and offered it to all 4 hens. Nothing. But they are more than happy to tear apart a poor harmless toad that’s not bothering anyone. Murderous jerks.

Artichokes
Green Globe artichokes, Yukon Gold potatoes, and Belle of Georgia peaches.

Only two of our peach trees produced this year – I don’t think our Redskin received the chill hour needed to be successful with our mild winter. One peach tree was stripped of all its fruits by the squirrels before we could act. We draped the other in bird netting and it seemed to help. The peach harvest was decent from only one tree:

Peaches
Belle of Georgia peaches – small, but delicious

In addition to munching on my tomatoes – the backyard critters have also stolen off with about 50% of our avocados – grrrr. I was really hoping the green skin of the avocado would camouflage the fruit and prevent it from being noticed. No such luck.

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One of the last remaining fruits on my Lula avocado tree.

Any ideas for squirrel-proofing? We’ve tried bird netting around the tomatoes – its is effective for the birds and chickens, but the squirrels are just laughing at us. I can almost hear their little squirrel snickers…

 

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