Hand Pollinating Peach Trees (With Dog Hair)


 peach blossoms 

Henry pokes his head in the cabin door and asks, “Do we have a paintbrush?” 

I look around and quickly wrack my brain, “No. What do you want one for?”

“I need to pollinate my peaches. Do we have anything kind of like a paintbrush? Maybe something hairy?”

I look down at the heeler dog napping at my feet. This is the time of year when her soft undercoat starts to shed in clumps. I pluck one such clump from her rear end and hold it up. “Will this work?”

“Perfect!” he says.

4/3/2012 9:44:55 PM


3/13/2012 2:21:00 PM

Camille, What an ingenious way to pollinate peach trees. Wow, it seems that it would a huge job to brush every flower with the dog hair brush. It's kind of similar here in Nebraska as far as peach trees go. It depends on when the last frost happens. I suppose that it would be about every second or third year a peach tree here would produce. Apple trees are prevalent in my area. It's not worth the effort to plant an apple tree as there are many apple orchards all around my area. My plans are to go more into berries than fruit trees. They are much easier to cover with netting to keep the birds away. Have a great pollinating day.

3/13/2012 12:43:30 AM

Amazing tale of making use of whatever is around! We should also be resourceful. I'll be jealous when you harvest all those juicy peaches and I'm buying them at the farmer's market!

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