Sunday, June 5
In certain parts of the United States, especially southern states like Georgia and North Carolina, nothing says summer like fresh peaches. For many, just the scent of a bag of fresh, ripe, sweet peaches sets the mind to wandering along the lines of homemade peach ice cream, peach pies cooling on the windowsill, and even cobblers and preserves, and may bring back fond memories of long ago summer days that were as sweet as the fruit from the trees.
Peaches are a perennial favorite with those who appreciate good fruit, and one of the best things about them is that only a few trees can produce enough fruit to supply a family and all the neighbors with this succulent summer treat. Peach trees are small with spreading branches, thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, and are one of the easiest to grow fruit trees. Those who wish to have a small orchard, even in limited space, will find that the peach tree fills the bill perfectly. From the beautiful fragrant blossoms of spring to the sweet orange-yellow fruit the peach is one of the few trees that can beautify any landscaping project, while at the same time serve the practical application of fruit production.
For the home gardener, or weekend landscaper as well as for the seasoned professional, any time the job calls for a smallish tree that can serve a multifunctional role as both aesthetically pleasing and practical there is no better choice than the peaches.