My Best Peaches Ever (and how they got that way)

I am finishing up the last of the best peaches I have ever grown.  While this year’s harvest was not the largest I have ever grown numerically, the individual peaches were the biggest and sweetest that have ever come off of my tree.


Pinching half of the buds from your peach tree will yield bigger peaches next summer. Photo courtsey of Dr. David Byrne -Texas A&M

I wish I could say that I did something to produce these wonderful peaches.  My unusually large peaches were the result of a bit of bad luck that that kind of turned out to be a blessing in disguise.   On March 3 we got a very bad late season freeze.  When it hit, the redbuds, plums and peaches were in full bloom.  When the ice thawed, my beautiful redbuds looked horrible and all of the flowers were gone from my fruit trees.  I was sure this freeze would ensure that I would harvest exactly zero peaches and plums this summer.


Two of my favorite things–fresh, home grown peaches and Texas Ware bowls!

While my prediction turned out to be correct for the plums, the peaches surprised me.  A couple of weeks after the freeze I noticed little peaches beginning to form.  Over the next few weeks, the peaches that survived the freeze turned into HUGE peaches.  Now I don’t mean that my peaches were super huge, but they were much larger than they had ever been in the past.


I love peeling the skins off of peaches after they have been blanched. So fun to squeeze the peach and see it literally jump out of its skin!

Turns out, the freeze actually did me a favor.  While researching my next Texas Gardener article about new white peaches from Texas A&M, I discovered that commercial producers routinely remove (pinch) up to half the buds on each of their trees.  This bud removal allows their trees to produce BIGGER PEACHES!


Diced peaches in another Texas Ware bowl ready for canning.

When I read this, I understood why my peaches were so big and so good.  The freeze “pinched” my buds for me.  Until now I did not know that this was something that you needed to do.  However, after seeing the results first hand, it is a garden chore that I will now be sure to do every year!

Right now I only have one producing peach tree.  It was literally the first thing I planted when Sally and I bought our little place in Brenham.  Since Sally and I are empty nesters, this one tree produces enough for us to enjoy fresh and also make lots of preserves.  This year, once we ate all we could, she made 24 jars of peach preserves.  If you would like to make your own peach preserves here is a great post with video from the Georgia Peach Council.  Enjoy!



I am lucky to be married to one of the cutest “canners” in the world!


10 thoughts on “My Best Peaches Ever (and how they got that way)

  1. Beautiful, both the peaches and Sally! BTW – did you get our last 2 emails about the garden wall (from me) and something else from Darryl?

    • When I planted it 8 years ago I was not as serious a gardener as I am now. I did not write the name down! I think it is “La Feliciana” but I am not 100% certain. It actually produced a few peaches the first year but it was three years before we got any sizable harvests.

  2. This sure makes me smile, Jay. Home-grown peaches, a cute canner, Brenham, Texas…you are a blessed man. Congrats on the impressive harvest!

  3. We actually had a few peaches survive up here in Central Texas, but the Mockingbirds and Squirrels took care of them for us. To add insult to injury, they left the pits under the tree. :-/

    • I would be very disappointed if those two pests ate all of my peaches! I don’t have a lot of trees on my place so I am not plagued by squirrels. However, mockingbirds drive me crazy! They are loud, mean and just about anything that shows signs of ripening!

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