Lessons Learned from a Peach Pit

| 5/23/2019 9:43:00 PM

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Twenty odd years ago, we moved from the beautiful mountains of Western Maine to the very different world of Eastern Washington. You couldn’t ask for two more opposite locales.

Western Maine - predominately cold and snowy. We left on April 1st in a snow storm, still wearing our winter jackets.

Eastern Washington - predominately dry and sunny. We arrived 7 days later to trees covered in leaves, daffodils in bloom, and kids playing baseball. The jackets were ditched along the way.

The first thing I did in my new home was plant a peach tree. Now, I knew nothing about growing peaches, except that I liked them and finally lived somewhere with a growing season that was longer than 60 days. We went to a local department store, bought a tree, and put it in the ground. It grew. And grew. And quickly developed large, beautiful, fuzzy, sun-kissed orbs of deliciousness.

But I still knew next to nothing about growing peaches and didn’t thin the fruit enough. So branches broke, even as the tree continued to grow larger. For many years, branches broke off one by one, and most of the remaining tree grew in the neighbor’s yard, along with most of the peaches. I wanted to replace the tree, but didn’t know what kind of peach tree is was. I called them mystery peaches. That’s where Mother Earth News came in. An article inspired me to try to grow a new tree from a pit.

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