Just a few weeks ago there were nectarines a' plenty on the trees. This was the first year they fruited and I was anxious to taste them. And then while yanking random weeds in the yard, I passed my full-o-fruit nectarine tree and saw something that made me do a double-take.
Every. Single. Nectarine was covered in some icky fungus stuff and some of the branches look as if they are blighted. I didn't even know that nectarines got blight.
The pears suffered from blight this Spring, the apples trees only had a few fruitlets on them (even though there were plenty of flowers) and now the nectarine trees have suffered this new ailment. It seems that the peach trees are our last hope for any fruit this year. We have four pathetic blueberry bushes which yielded zip blueberries and I never made it out to the Pick-your-own so we'll be blueberry-less as well.
The strawberry beds did well this spring, but those are long gone and I didn't even freeze or jam any of them. Which is actually ok since I vowed it would be a Jam-Free 2014 in order to use some of the jam already in the pantry.
Last year I was able to can some pears and apples, but we're down to one quart of apples and six quarts of pears. So unless I find someone with a bumper crop of pears and apples, there will be no glistening jars of home-canned fruits this year. Just another reason to stock up for more than one year.