Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The days are mild. The nights are crisp. It is harvest time. There is nothing like eating a bowl of ripe peaches with cream and sugar drizzled all over them. I can taste the long warm days of summer with every bite. Bright. Flavorful. Full of life. Eating a peach is a celebration of all the hard work it took to grow it and deliver it to my table.
Have you ever stopped to consider what goes into growing a peach? Here are the steps to growing peaches – borrowed from Better Homes and Gardens.
- Peach trees do better with full sun – at least 6 hours per day. Trees need good air flow.
- Because grass is greedy, it will suck up moisture and nutrients from the soil. Keep the ground around the tree free from grass and weeds.
- Putting a 2-inch-deep ring of mulch around your tree will help the soil stay moist.
- Apply fertilizer once per year
- Peaches like it hot! So, plant your tree on a south-facing wall where your tree can received radiated heat and reflected light.
- If you plant a peach seed, you may be able to get fruit in five to seven years. But, it probably won’t taste like the kind you planted. Peach varieties are special selections propagated by taking cuttings from branches; that way the fruit is always the same.
- Proper pruning is an important part of how to grow peaches – and that includes timing as well as technique. Prune peaches in late winter but before spring bloom.
- Peaches produce flowers and fruit on wood that grew last year. The best branches to keep will be about as thick as a pencil and no more than 18 inches long.
- Monitor and spray your peach tree to help prevent disease. Use a lime-sulfur spray, which is approved for organic growers.
- Once the fruit is ready at the end of the growing season, pick the fruit – careful not to bruise the fruit.
Whew… That is a lot of work! No wonder eating a peach is a celebration.
Now, consider your work and what part you play in delivering the final product or service:
- What do you do?
- How does it play into the bigger picture?
- How can you celebrate your part and the contribution of your team members?
Take the time to celebrate. At the end of the day, we all work toward a goal or achievement. This time of year is a perfect time to look at what has been done and celebrate!