Thursday, July 21, 2011


"The ripest peach
 is highest on the tree”

~James Whitcomb Riley

Every year I have trees
loaded with peaches...
so many peaches that I'm
afraid the branches will break...
and I usually only harvest enough
to make one or two pies because
the bugs always devour the fruit.
This year I was prepared.
As soon as the trees started
putting on fruit, I started spraying
with a mixture of dishwashing
liquid, garlic and water.
I actually remembered to spray
every week and I was rewarded
with tons of bug-free fruit.
We have been eating them
fresh from the trees, baking
pies and making fruit leather
for the first time. I found
a very easy recipe and
I don't think my oven has
been turned off in days!
While you wait on fruit
leather, you can carve little
baskets with the pits...
no waste! xx


  1. I had to show Chase the pictures -- he has been dying to get his hands on some peaches (I haven't seen any locally grown up here). He says if you ever need to unload a few, he'd be happy to come and help pick ;)

    They look so good!

  2. Oh my thank you for that hint! Your peaches are amazing looking. It's so hard to find bug-free, pesticide-free peaches since they are so delicate.
    Oh and I haven't forgotten, I'll get that ice cream recipe to you soon!

  3. What a great non toxic way to keep bugs off! Your granddaughter is just so cute :)

  4. Yum! My girls love fruit leather. I'll send them over right away. ; )

  5. Gorgeous!! What fabulous rewards for all your hard work. Love the pit baskets!! :-)

  6. yum! we love peaches -- peach ice cream, peach preserves, peach cobbler, peach pie...lucky you!

  7. Cool! Fresh fruit leather sounds delicious. That is really neat that you grow your own peaches. I brought back a bushel from TN and made this Peach Lavender Butter, it's delicious! I canned a dozen 1/2 pint jars and plan to gift them away come holiday time!

  8. I'll never stop marveling at your abundance Tracey, nor your creativity! :)

    Blessings, Debbie

    As a side note, one of our hens has learned how to escape from the coop. I remember you saying that you had issue for awhile. Do you clip their wings?

  9. I cannot tell you how much I love peaches. Wish I lived near you!
    Well done on keeping them bug

  10. I was just looking at the blossoms on one of my peach trees yesterday. It is and early peach and usually ready around Christmas. Your photos have me salivating!

  11. I love fresh peaches. I use a similar mix but also add chilli powder. It works well doesn't it. Enjoy your beautiful bounty! Jacinta

  12. Thanks for the tip on the spray, Tracey. The pictures are beautiful. Love the little basket!

  13. Love that basket made from a pit. Great idea!

  14. A lovely, yummy post in your usual manner.
    Thanks so much, Tracey.
    hugs ♥♥♥

  15. The fruit leather looks delicious! Mine always turns an ugly brown color. The basket is adorable, looks like a project my girls would enjoy. Now I am REALLY ready for a fresh ripe peach!

  16. One of my most favourite things is peach jam. Homemade fruit leather would be amazing! So glad that you are enjoying your peaches this year instead of the bugs!!

  17. Mmm, so glad you were able to save that fruit from the bugs! I must admit to a certain level of fruit envy...

  18. You are so blessed with all that fruit...and good for you for finding a non-toxic way to keep that bounty bug-free! Some Missouri peaches showed up in our Co-op last week so I made a peach upside down cake that was amazing.