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.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

pear harvest

PILES OF PEARS 1925 A great year for pears. I picked about 150 today. Bartletts and Kieffers. They filled my trug and I had to struggle to get the bucket into and out of the car.

I've read recently that its best to chill freshly picked pears at 30*F for 4 days or so. Then they can ripen at room temperature. Last year I didn't know this and didn't get the best ripening I am hoping chilling will help. I have lots of pear recipes marked in my canning book.



Anonymous Janice in NY said...

Do you spray your pear trees? If so, what do you use?

September 09, 2014 7:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure to chill at 30*F for 4 days? Wouldn't they freeze?

September 10, 2014 4:50 AM

Blogger bdcobbs said...

I love your blog and the fruits look so good.

September 10, 2014 2:55 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I try to spray the pears with dormant oil in the spring each year just before the buds break. I missed the timing this year and they went without and did fine. I will make sure I catch the timing next year. It needs to go on just as the weather warms but before the buds open. Pears seem pretty resilient to local pathogens, unlike apple trees. Still, its good to give them this organic spray and get off to a good start. Dormant oil spray, sometimes called horticultural oil, is an organic oil that coats the branches and smothers bugs as they are hatching in the spring.

September 10, 2014 9:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, 30*F. I read that the sugar in the pears will prevent them from freezing at this temperature. I don't think my fridge goes this low. I turned it down and don't know if I have a thermometer to check.

September 10, 2014 9:58 PM

Anonymous edible gardens--point loma said...

Our pears used to ripen very nicely in the cellar, spread out on the cardboard trays from apple boxes arranged on the ping pong table. Perhaps the cooler temps of the cellar was helpful. Wish I could grow pears here in coastal San Diego.

October 01, 2014 11:34 PM

Anonymous clarice said...

Ohh I love pears so much, they are tasty and perfect for health :)

October 02, 2014 12:13 PM


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