I'm ready to throw in the towel
I don't mean to belittle the trials all of you who have endured the crazy weather this year, honestly, but I am just not seeing how I can really pull off a covered orchard in my little backyard. Without such a cover I will never get any fruit.
The only fruit I can reliably count are Surefire cherries, Illinois Everbearing mulberries.
The peaches, apricots, and plums are done in. I have a couple of Green Gage and maybe a couple of Toka. I have a couple of Rubinette apples developing, and surprisingly a few breba figs, although the hail did damage most of them.
So this will be the third year in a row without any crops to speak of. I started this venture seven years ago and most of the trees have never fruited at all. I don't think I would be exaggerating to say that I have spent probably $8000.00 on this venture. I just don't have hope that I can ever really get it to work. I don't seem to have the energy to get motivated to set up a "high tunnel", and the funds have dried up as well.
I am ever more grateful to the growers of the crops my family and I eat, and so be it if they are not organically grown.