Peach protection bonus...

21 January, 2014

My Anzac peaches are finally ripe! Yay.

These are a white peach of particular deliciousness. Now while I am quite happy to share with the local wildlife a few strawberries, a tomato or two, and as many figs as they like, I will not share these peaches. Not until the tree produces more than I can eat. Which is a while away yet.

My tree is 3 years old, and this year produced 31 fruits which I protected with individual net bags.

While this is a bit of a fiddly process, and I wouldn't relish doing it for a whole tree with hundreds of fruit, this has proven to be a worthwhile activity. Not a single fruit (touch wood) has been taken.

But even more excitedly, not only does this strategy stop fruit theft, it also stops fruit spoilage.

When ripe fruits drop, they are caught in the net bags.

This means fruits that would usually fall and get bruised and wasted now are saved.

So I can eat them.

Not exactly philanthropic, but anyhoo. Its how a peach would want to go.

These were two fallen fruits I picked today. (The other three I picked got eaten treeside. Yum.)

Some of the very soft extra ripe fruit got a little marked by the net bag, but others were totally fine.

These I will do my best to hold off eating, and keep for my lunch tomorrow.

Now there are only 24 Anzac peaches left. Hopefully this way I will get each and every one.


  1. Oh I am jealous of your beautiful fruit tree! I am renting and so planting fruit trees isn't really an option for me right now. I hope you enjoy them!

    1. Cheers, I'm sure I shall! Though I feel your pain, having rented for years myself. I did cart around a lemon tree in a pot between various rentals, but It never fruited nearly as well as when it got planted out where it is now. Would some dwarf fruit trees in pots, like the trixie peaches or ballerina apples, be an option?

  2. What a brilliant idea, not only good for harvesting but a safety harness for the peach too. Our mini peach trees knocked themselves out last year and are having a year off from fruiting this year. We're hopeful they'll be fit for next season though.

    1. I can't claim credit for the idea, as it was an entirely unexpected bonus. But it is good! I had the same thing happen to one of my apples - fabulous crop one year, nothing the next. Though this year its going great guns again. I've thinned the crop by about 50% to hopefully prevent it from over-exhausting itself, but I'll only know if this worked next year...