Peaches in Iowa
Friends, I am happy to say after a year with no peaches, we now have peaches here in Iowa.
The attached was taken 8/10/2013; the date stamp on the photo is wrong.
Last year, no peaches. We had a late freeze and the peaches that remained after the blossoms froze were all eaten by infestations of Japanese beetles. I was afraid because of the beetles I would never have a tree-ripened Iowa peach again.
This year I have done more to control the beetles. I violated rules on peach growing, as I did not properly prune, and while I thinned hundreds of peaches I did not sufficiently thin them. Most of my fruit are small, but they are fairly good and I must have nearly 400 peaches on Reliance and another tree (Contender) with 100 that should be ripe in a few weeks. My tree loaded with 400 peaches is sagging to the ground but I will trim it up for next year, and my hopes are high.
If you have never tasted tree-ripened peaches you are missing out on one of life's best experiences.
How are the rest of you doing with peaches?