Went out to the trees and fucking birds are pecking the rest of the peach crop.. so I picked them a bit early most are 95% ripen and some at 75% I'll have them ripen off the tree..
Yep, damn bird got all of our cherries and apricots! There are so many nectarines that they've had their fill and left more than enough on the tree. We're in the same exact boat with the peaches. I picked a bunch yesterday that, like Rhino said, are about 75 to 90% ripe. What's the best way to ripen them off the tree, other than leaving them in a paper bag?We always had problems with a Hawaiian chili pepper plant of ours- as soon as the peppers started to turn red, the birds went after them. We used a plastic owl, which helped as long as we moved him every couple of days.
We brought seeds from that plant when we moved, and I'm hoping we can get it going again.
That plant had quite a history- I found it growing wild, and transplanted it to a spot in front of our home for about three years. When I was transferred to another district, we gave it to another officer, who transplanted it to his house. When he transferred to my new district a year or so later, he brought it with him and transplanted it to his new house. He gave us some peppers from it, and we started it again at our new house. And then when I retired, we brought some of the peppers here to Texas, to plant.
The weather's been crazy, and we're still trying to figure out this Texas black soil. None of our pepper plants have been happy so far.