It’s one of my favorite times of year in the garden – my peach trees are heavily laden with delicious, sweet fruit ready for picking.

Many people are surprised to learn that you can grow peaches in Arizona, but they do very well. However, they do ripen earlier than in cooler climates. May is peach season here in the desert.

My peach trees sit outside my kitchen window, and I’ve been keeping my eye on them to see when they were ready to harvest.  Finally, the day arrived, and I brought out my bushel basket and got to picking.

One peach tree can provide you with most of the peaches you need. Last year, I made peach blueberry jam, which was so good, that it didn’t last long. Today, I’m planning on making regular peach jam, but I can always buy peaches from the store at another time to make other variations if I choose to.

Every May, I haul out my water bath canner, canning jars, and spend 2 hours making delicious peach jam.

Growing peaches and making jam isn’t difficult or expensive, but there are guidelines to follow. I made a video of the process, from what type of peach trees do best in the desert, how to tell if your peaches are ripe, and how to make jam.  I hope you enjoy!

https://youtu.be/jEcyAzCB-W4

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  1. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    Yum! Peaches are my favorite. Here in New Mexico my peaches won’t be ripe for awhile but our tree is loaded. We have to fight the birds for fruit. After trying everything, last year I bought red flash tape that you tie on the branches to scare away the birds. It worked! I also love to make jam with mine too.

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    • arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
      arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

      It is certainly surprising to see peach (and apple trees) growing in a desert garden, but they do beautifully in our climate and don’t suffer from the insects and fungal diseases that can plague them in the Southeast.

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