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Bumper harvest for York fruit grower
9:48am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
LIFE is just peachy for Dunnington man Ron Garnet, who has grown a bumper crop on his peach tree this year.
Mr Garnet, of Greenside Close in the village, has been growing the fruit since he first bought a peach tree in 2002.
He said: “The tree usually produces 200 to 300 fruits in its yearly crop, but I’ve picked 604 in the last fortnight. It’s so heavy I have to prop it up.”
The 79-year-old grows the fruits at the back of his garage and picks them to ripen in trays.
He estimates that the total will soon reach 700.
He said: “It’s been a brilliant year. They survived the first frost, and all this sun has helped them to ripen. I’ve been watering them gradually and fighting off the wasps.”
Peach trees traditionally thrive in warmer climates, with three or four-year-old trees typically carrying 20 fruits at any one time.
Mr Garnet, who began harvesting fruits and vegetables when he retired in 2004, also won first prize with his peaches at last week’s Dunnington Village Show.
He is not the only one benefiting from the remarkable yield.
He said: “I’m giving out peaches to family and friends, and we’re freezing some for dessert too. It’s a bountiful harvest.”
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