Since I’m attempting to grow outdoor Peaches in the UK I deemed it time to make a Peach frame.
I can just about see tiny specs of pink inside some of the buds and that means that the tree is getting ready to flower. If we get a spate of mild weather and the flowers open, and then we get some late frosts then I can say goodbye to my hopes of any Peaches this year. Hence, the need for a removable Peach frame.
On good days I can leave the frame off so that the tree gets maximum sunlight, but at night the frame goes back on to protect the precious buds from the frost.
It’s not just protection from frost that the frame can provide. The frame also protects the opening buds from the rain which can cause Peach Leaf Curl a fungal disease that results in all the leaves falling off the tree. A frame is a great way to protect the tree while still letting the air circulate around the plant.
So what does a girl do when she needs a Peach frame making? She asks the two men in her life to build one, that’s what she does.
The planning stage is the most delicate.
And of course there needs to be a foreman to oversee operations.
And after all it is a good excuse to give the power tools a work out.
Just putting the finishing touches…
And maneuvering it into position.
And the job’s a good un’. As they say. Yey!