|Sleeping on the Job!|
It had been leaning to the side, a little bit, earlier in the week, probably due to the weight of the fruit! I showed it to M when he was here on Friday and we wondered if we should prop it up, but, decided it should be OK. It was still standing upright, albeit leaning even more, when I watered it, yesterday. After that, I didn't check on it, all day, until just before going to bed, very early this morning, when I happened to look outside and noticed that I couldn't see the tree! So, I opened the back door and looked and I could see it leaning all the way over! I wondered if the trunk had broken or it uprooted itself, but, decided to wait until morning to go and check on it.
Well, it hasn't uprooted itself and the trunk is intact, but, oh, the poor thing is bent over! It is, after all, only a little tree. The trunk is not even three inches in diameter at its thickest. It is too top heavy with the branches laden with fruit!
I texted the picture to M this morning, although I hate to disturb him on a Sunday, his one free day in the week, asking him what I should do. So far, (10:45 a.m. as I type this), I haven't heard back from him. I don't know what, if anything we can do, at this point, other than let it be until I can pick the fruit. Once the fruit have been picked, we can prune the tree and probably stake it or something!
I did water it, this morning.
I am grateful that the trunk didn't split and it didn't uproot itself!
Update: M called just a few minutes after I posted this! He'll be over in the afternoon, with something we could use as a prop! Stay tuned!
Oh no! Hope you can save it.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Eileen. I think it will be OK once we've propped it up! For now, I placed a short step ladder (only a couple of steps) under the tree to prop it up, a little bit. It caused 3 peaches to fall off, but, I will share them with M or eat them all if he doesn't want any (not everyone likes under-ripe peaches!)Delete
Oh my! Cute post...poor little tree! As long as the critters don't come and feast on it....and as long as the trunk can straighten up....just pray! AndreaReplyDelete
Thank you, Andrea. I'm hoping we will be able to prop it up and it will be OK. :)Delete
Poor tree! I want to place a table underneath yo hold its head!ReplyDelete
I hope M will find a good solution.
I propped it up a little bit on a small step ladder that I had - the ladder has only two steps, but, it is bearing some of the weight and, hopefully, will prevent the trunk of the tree from breaking! I probably should have thinned more of the fruit, but, I didn't think the tree would fall over like that!Delete
That's amazing how much fruit is on a tree that young. You definitely have an overachiever on your hands. :) I guess you do want to prop it up some so it is not so easy for the creepy crawlies on the ground to enjoy the fruit. Good luck.ReplyDelete
It certainly has a lot of fruit on it, doesn't it? I managed to prop it up a bit on a small step ladder that I had, and later, when M came over, we propped it up, some more. I took pictures and will post them. Hopefully, it will stay upright until the fruits are ripe enough to harvest. Six of the fruits broke off when we were propping it up, but, I gave the ripest ones to M and kept the others to eat with salt and chili powder. :)Delete
The poor peach tree.
I see you used a step ladder for a quick support until M can help.
I know. I was very sad about the tree, last night, thinking it might have broken off. But, it is OK and M propped it up! I think it will be OK for the next few weeks until the fruits ripen enough for me to pick them!Delete
Well, you didn't wake to a dull day for sure ... poor peach tree! It looks like it produced too abundantly for its age- I think I have vague memories of my dad cutting tops of peach trees very severely for several years before allowing them to have a full harvest ...ReplyDelete
You are surely becoming quite expert at making masks- I know many who have received them from you are thankful for your skill and generosity- if I would get myself even vaguely organized I would get my sewing machine here and produce some, so we could have a decent supply- although (sadly) Texas has almost reached the point of denying there is such a thing as 'safety measures' or much need for common sense precautions, all the family here are being wary-
Take care- fondest wishes as always-
You are right! No such thing as a dull day! We thinned at least half the fruit it set. First, when they were about the size of almonds, and, again, twice when they were about walnut sized. Maybe I was too eager for a harvest! Maybe I should have propped it up, before this! Oh, well, it has now been propped up and, hopefully, it will be OK until I am able to harvest the fruits. After that, we will prune it and, next year, we will make sure to have it better supported!Delete
I enjoy sewing the masks, but, I didn't make any, today. I think you have enough to do with keeping the dolls clothed properly without having to sew masks, too! Just continue to take precautions and stay healthy and safe! Wishing you and the family all the best, Barb.
Oh no! I hope it can be saved. It looks like it will provide you with a lot of fruit. Is it possible to prop it up somehow? XReplyDelete
It has been propped up, Jules. I am hopeful that I'll have a nice harvest of peaches to can and make jam (and eat, too, of course). :)Delete
OMGoodness. The poor little tree. It is bending over backwards to supply you enough peaches.ReplyDelete
LOL, Susan! I love it! That is exactly what it is doing! :DDelete
That tree looks like how I feel after a grocery run! I'm glad you can prop it up. Our son has an apple tree that has to be propped up because of the weight of the fruit.ReplyDelete
LOL, Bushlady. I like Susan's explanation, in her comment above, that the tree was leaning over backwards to provide me with enough peaches! :DDelete