jdmartin wrote:Hey PeachOiler - I mean Peakoiler - how do I know when my peaches are ready to pick? I've only got 3 but they look like they're getting to be the right color. They still feel kind of firm, they're a mix of yellow orange and red streaks.
I don't want to force it, but I don't want to lose them to birds or bugs either. If I pick a peach too early, will it still continue to ripen, or am I screwed?
PeachOiler--lol--that's good, jdmartin. The longer you can leave the peach on the tree, the sweeter it'll get. You may want to get some bird netting for protection. If you let them ripen too long on the tree, they will have a shorter "shelf life" after picking of course. That would be a concern if you have dozens or hundreds.