Getting Ready for Summer with St. Johns Spring

| 5/28/2019 11:05:00 AM

Peach tree 

When we moved to the house we live in now in St. Johns in the summer of 2003, I remember waking up to the sun coming up over the hills and the coyotes singing down in the flats. It was calm and warm and just seemed too good to be true. Winter was mild that year and I thought we'd just essentially moved to heaven. 

And then spring came.

Winds of 50+mph for weeks on end had my hand-dug duck pond filled to the rim with blowing sand, there was dust everywhere, plants were uprooted, trees were snapped in half, tomatoes would have their leaves shredded within hours and there wasn't enough water in the entire aquifer to keep up with the drying wind. And then one day it was freezing cold, and then it would be gorgeous for two weeks and trees would bloom and then it would suddenly and without warning, be 10º the next day. I learned that first spring that you don't plant anything outside until at LEAST May 20 unless you had some kind of cover, and only then if you had a solid windbreak that could withstand the gusts of sometimes 70 mph. I learned you could only expect fruit maybe once every 10 years, and only if you were able to provide both frost protection, insect protection, and wind protection.

Well, this year seems to be my one in 10 ...

Peach tree with baby peach 

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