“It’s like the tree doesn’t want to survive.”
We’re stringing up our peach tree in essentially reverse-bonsai fashion. The branches have gone horizontal and dipped down, semi-ripe peaches inches from the ground. It looks like all it would take is one strong wind and every major limb would snap.
We’ve done this before — peach trees bear fruit once every three years, and, when we first got the house four years back, we were stringing up what was essentially a sapling, clearly too young for the task at hand.
Three years later and it feels like little has changed. Every week, the peaches grow bigger, and the branches sag a little more. I check the fruit daily, seeing when I can finally pick the fruit — relieve the strain before a branch breaks off.
After a major rainstorm, one of the major branches does snap in half. Continue reading