Peaches and Questions

| 9/17/2013 1:10:00 PM

M-C HartmanIn the first blog entry, I wanted to share some flower beauty with people. In this one, I would like to begin dialoguing with people and exchanging information. I suspect many of Capper’s Farmer’s readers are well versed in many areas of growing and living life, and I hope I will be able to share some things that may benefit others as well as learn from you. I also have a correction to make. In the first blog, it appears as though I wrote that the Yukon was part of Alaska! Actually it is the Yukon Territory of Canada which sits right next to Alaska. Guess I was tired. My apologies to all the fine folks we met in the Yukon!

It’s peach season here in Pennsylvania, and I would really appreciate your help on some issues. Our peach tree has bravely started a nice crop of peaches the last two years, all of which have failed to mature and have fallen off. I am adding a picture of the tree which we planted a few years ago. Should I prune it? Use organic fertilizer on it? Something else for next season? I would appreciate some suggestions. I suspect there are a lot of Capper’s Farmer readers who have a lot more experience in peach growing than I have.

Peach Tree

Peach Tree

To that end, I needed to go to one of our local farm markets again this year and pick up some peaches to can into sauce. This year I picked up a half bushel of “Johnboy,” which since I do not add sugar to my peach sauce, will need some cinnamon, as they seem a bit on the bitter side. Does anyone have a suggestion as to a good variety to can with without using sugar? I prefer yellow to white peaches.

An interesting side note, for the first time in years in canning, a bottle failed shortly after being placed in the hot water canner. Has anyone else ever had one break during the hot water process?  I did not detect any cracks in the jar before I used it.

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