This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

lots of baby pears

baby pears 013 My espaliered pear trees are filled with hundreds of little pears!!! The first year. I guess pruning them right was the trick.

I am wondering if I should remove some of the pears. I'll look into that. Soon I will bag them with either plastic baggies or paper bags to protect against bugs and chipmunks.

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Blogger Mike the Gardener said...

I have a lot of young apples on my apple tree .. yet the tree is only in it's 2nd year (with me anyway) ... I am more than likely going to pull them off so the energy can be focused on growing the tree still rather than the fruit.

June 05, 2013 9:09 AM

Anonymous Michele said...

Does the paper bag trick work? Chimpmunks took all of our peaches and apples last year! We didn't even get one!

Michele~ Topsfield, Ma

June 05, 2013 9:38 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, bagging works really well. It may look silly. I have always used baggies and probably will this year. Maybe after the upcoming rain I'll put them on. I read to remove pears so they are 8 inches apart. Maybe I will go with 5 inches....

June 06, 2013 12:31 AM

Anonymous Michele said...

Do you use a twist tie around each plastic grocery bag so that it is closed? or are you using the ziplock type of bag and zip it up as far as it will go?

Michele ~ topsfield, ma

June 06, 2013 5:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I buy a pear tree that's 3 years old . How long will it to produce fruit fruit?

June 09, 2013 10:16 PM

Anonymous Stella said...

Love your blog.
Hope this article
from my website might help you decide about thinning those pears.
Leaving excess fruit on the tree will have a dwarfing effect on the tree. Thinning the fruit will increase fruit size.

Stella - the Backyard Fruit Grower

June 12, 2013 1:31 PM

Anonymous Lauren said...

Can you tell me the name of the book you used as a reference to pruning your pear trees?

July 02, 2013 8:09 AM


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