Thursday, July 26, 2012
We finally got a decent crop from the avocado tree in the front This year. There were no fruits the first year, five fruits the second year (we got four and someone else got the last one), eight fruits the third year (we got one and someone else got seven) and this year I counted 51 fruits on the tree before we started picking them, and I had to buy a picker that extends to 10 feet in order to get the ones in the top of the tree. We turned down two people who wanted to buy some, and gave in to a neighbor down the street who has walked off with nine so far. But since we had a tree full of avocados in the front yard and a tree full of ripe limes in the back yard, we have been eating guacamole in pretty large amounts. It does really hit the spot.
The second year on the Noble grapes has been fairly good too. You're not supposed to get a crop until the third year, but we have quite a few black grapes from the Noble vines, and even some larger grapes on the Carlos (green) vines. I planted one Carlos to replace one of the green seedless vines that died, and then stuck two more in on either side of the middle post. I mistakenly trimmed off the largest runner from the first Carlos, which actually had a bunch of grapes showing on it, so it started behind the other two. The other two each have one bunch of grapes, larger than the nobles, so we will eventually get to try some of them (taste some of them) this year, if they don't all fall off before we realize they're ripe.
The Meyer lemon is looking good, and the grapefruit tree is full of fruit, but the Eureka lemon doesn't have any fruit on it this year. Since it had two crops last year I feel a little disappointed, but it's still a very young and small tree.