By in Gardening

It is Harvest Time On the California Central Coast

Funny how trees can fill with produce when you aren't even looking. While I was waiting for a computer scan to finish I went to the orchard to see if there were walnuts to and there were lots on the ground and still plenty on the tree I couldn't reach. I went back to the house, got a large bag, and started collecting them. I got pretty tired after the grocery bag was a third full, so I put the bag in the truck no one drives except when a truck is needed, and then I rested a minute. We store the nuts in the truck until they are ready to clean and crack. It keeps them dry and away from the critters.

I had noticed on the way to the walnut tree that our apple tree was also loaded. I don't know what variety these apples are, but I mainly use them for cooking since they are rather tart. They make delicious applesauce. Our only eating were from the delicious apple tree that split and died.

I took the photo.

Anyway, I went back to the tree with a bag and deposited any good apples from the ground into it. I also picked some from the tree, but we don't irrigate this tree and some of the apples were only the size of golfballs. I picked the larger apples and put them in a basket in the house. I put the ones that were inhabited in the refrigerator, because we will have to clean the critters out of them and I don't want them to spoil before I can get to them.

I still have many to collect, and not much time, but I can try to do a bit every day I'm there. I'll give the rest of the apples a bit more time on the tree.

Are you harvesting anything in your yard?

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved


Image Credit » I took the photo

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.

Comments

allen0187 wrote on September 25, 2014, 3:22 AM

Those walnuts and apples look great. No harvesting for me.

Kasman wrote on September 25, 2014, 7:41 AM

Our garden isn't the type from which we can harvest anything but the area where I live (Fife Region, Scotland) has many soft fruit farms and my wife and I have been taking regular trips to some of these farms to pick our own soft fruit - mainly raspberries and strawberries - which works out much cheaper than buying in the shops.

suffolkjason wrote on September 25, 2014, 9:36 AM

Nothing much to harvest- we had plums and cherries earlier- possibly a few cooking apples. Will soon be time for chestnuts in the UK- usually best after first frost but everything seems to be earlier this year.

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 12:37 PM

I always grumble when it's time to pick up all those nuts, but I'm really glad to save the money we would have spent buying them.

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 12:39 PM

I haven't tried any of the you-pick except at the local farm, where they once let me pick heirloom tomatoes at the end of the season.

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 12:40 PM

I've noticed everything seems to be earlier, here, too. The grape harvests at our local vineyards were about a month earlier.

AliCanary wrote on September 25, 2014, 2:58 PM

Isn't it lovely to have stuff right in your backyard that you can harvest? We have a cherry tree, a fig tree and some strawberry vines that all bear abundantly (although we have to compete with the deer for the figs, the birds for the cherries, and the chipmunks for the strawberries!). We also have an apple tree, but its apples are better to look at than to eat. The deer can have those.

Ruby3881 wrote on September 25, 2014, 4:01 PM

We aren't growing anything in our yard at the moment. I sure miss having a harvest season! Your apples look wonderful, Barb :)

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 10:13 PM

I wish we had a fig tree. My husband loves figs, but we have been unsuccessful at growing them and they are really expensive to buy.

BarbRad wrote on September 25, 2014, 10:14 PM

I just photographed the good ones. The rest are inhabited by worms that have to be cut out before we use them. As my hubby says, they don't eat much.