After one season of bumper crops, our entire fruit orchard just stopped producing. Well, except for the few small fruits that the foxes got. In desperation, I went to Sonoma Mission Gardens, the most fantastic and extensive gardening and plant shop you’ve ever seen. Then I threw myself on their mercy and asked for advice.

Turns out it all comes down to water. Just as I can go through three gallons of water when I’m trying to do something in Sonoma heat (like walk from the barn to the pond) apparently fruit trees also need a long cool drink of water. At least twice a week. And the little drip system we have has only given them a small sip every now and then. What’s needed is a good long soaking twice a week with a hose. A drink that gets right down to the roots.

This is not a happy tree. This is a tree that needs a long cool drink and some fertilizer.

This is not a happy tree. This is a tree that needs a long cool drink and some fertilizer.

Also fertilizer. Who knew?

So Lucy and I spent hours out in some of the hottest sun we’ve had this year watering and fertilizing fruit trees. Eventually, I had to water poor Lucy who had collapsed under a Manzanita. So we’re dehydrated, but the trees look great.

I’ll be back up Wednesday or Thursday to do it all again. Hopefully, that trip will coincide with the delivery of my lavender bottles. Yup, I’m finally going to get around to bottling our lavender water and oil, both from last year’s harvest and this year’s upcoming harvest. I worried for a moment that I might not have ordered enough bottles.

Then the shipping company called me to arrange delivery and asked me if I happened to have a forklift.

Lucy helped by sitting on a pile of mulch until she couldnt take the heat any longer.

Lucy "helped" by sitting on a pile of mulch until she couldn't take the heat any longer.

Then she needed to cool off in Lake Charles.

Then she needed to cool off in Lake Charles.

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