Let’s be serious, there isn’t a soul out there who has bitten into a fresh juicy peach and not walked away a changed person. I have always been a believer in the power of a peach in my life and probably like most of you as well, I have become accustomed to discarding various pits and seeds and rinds throughout my property as a sort of lazy-man’s compost pile. Never did I consider the possibility of something like a watermelon or cantaloupe, or even a peach to sprout. Yet a few years ago I saw a strange tree coming up and decided to protect it and see what happened—still not thinking of the possibility that it was some discarded fruit or vegetable seed.
I somewhat forgot about the tree until this summer when I noticed these beautiful red globes scattered in a tree on the edge of my property. I went in for a closer look and lone behold, before me was a fully producing peach tree. I quickly retrieved a few low ones and was suddenly tasting and feeling the goodness of a coincidentally ripe peach. On my property I let most everything grow, given it is native or at least productive and non-invasive, which makes this tree such a beautiful reminder of what happens when we let nature do its work. If I had a normal lawn or a perfectly manicured garden, this peach wouldn’t have stood a chance against the mower blades or meticulous weeding hands.
And yes, it isn’t a native tree, but it’s just too beautiful and delicious to take out. How many of us are native to the places we live either? At least it is better to eat a peach off my own tree than pay to have some shipped from who-knows-where to my local grocery store. I’m tempted now to start a little orchard!
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