Friday, December 15, 2017

The Orchard - 2017 - Pears & Pecans

The Lord has graciously allowed our orchard to continue on, and we are very thankful!

The year started with my pruning the fruit trees. This year we had foreman Mimi supervising! :)

2017 Fruit Tree Pruning

More 2017 Fruit Tree Pruning


And here is the orchard mid June:

2017 Orchard in June


I think the mild winter last year affected our peaches and nectarines, as we didn't really get any of those. And not many plums either. But God granted we had one pear tree do very well. Quite a few fell off in a storm we had, and we collected them but they never ripened. And apparently, pears don't ripen on the tree, and you have to pull them at just the right time, when they easily twist off the tree, and then they ripen as they sit, but can only sit for so long before they over ripen.

However, we were able to enjoy quite a few of them from the ones still on the tree which did ripen fairly well! Here are the last several:

2017 Pears


And this year was our most productive pecan harvest! We had basically three trees produce this year, up from one last year.

2017 Pecans

More 2017 Pecans


Here is the first round from the two newly-producing trees. This sheller apparently works extremely well:

2017 Gathered Pecans


And then our big producer yielded a two-gallon bucket worth!

More 2017 Gathered Pecans


We are very grateful to the Lord for granting these provisions of food off of the land, directly from His hand. And we thank Him for the increase in pears and pecans He graciously granted!

-- David

2 comments:

bayougirl said...

I am glad you got such a nice harvest from your pear and pecan trees. We did not get any blueberries this year because of a late frost, but we did get some pears. God Bless. Jill

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Jill,

Thank the Lord for His provisions for you. May God continue to grant them according to His will.

And thanks as always for saying hello!

-- Davd