The stars align at last
OK, I don't believe in jinxes but I apologize to any east coast growers if conditions suddenly change after this post.
So far we are having a fruit growing summer to rival CA. Things are crazy heavy set and everything that's ripened so far, including earliest and next round peaches, apricots (first time I've ever had more than I need) and first J. plums have been fantastic. My freezer is full of blueberries as well.
My customers are smiling and raving, making me feel almost useful, and every day in my own orchard is a day of joy, discovery and anticipation for what's next. Today I was admiring the beauty of some Bueno peaches that look almost ripe but are still rock hard. They have this amazing blend of marguerita coloring. Never tasted one before.
I haven't had to kill a single squirrel or raccoon- the starvation winter seems to have accomplished that so far and pecking birds are more an irritation than anything to despair about. I've never had so few issues with wildlife with only deer and a couple of recently deceased woodchucks (in veg garden) causing any trouble.
I've only seen a couple of stink bugs in my peaches and they are so far not requiring any extra sprays. Even slugs are strangely non-existent- we did have a long wet period that ended several weeks ago that would normally have caused a slug and snail population explosion.
It's all way to good to be true, but I will enjoy this as long as it lasts. Last year was an unrelenting string of natural disasters so why couldn't the converse be possible? Of course, the year before last was going quite will until it started raining in Aug. and didn't stop for about 3 weeks. Warm and relentless rain can bring an end to the best of seasons.
Anyway, for those out there suffering difficult weather- remember that your luck will probably change and when it does, you will be more appreciative than ever of your harvest.