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Growing on the High Plains Episode
Wed September 5, 2012
Peaches on the High Plains?
These sweet treats can be grown throughout the HPPR broadcast area, although the further north they bloom the more likely they will encounter some late freezes that will nip the year's crop in the bud. But the smell and taste of home grown peaches makes it worth the gamble, and the trees will actually live a longer and more 'fruitful' life if they have occasional barren years for resting and restoring. The trail of the peach begins in China thousands of years ago. The flavorful fruit was introduced to our shores by the Spanish explorers. Peach pits were actually bartered and and planted from east to west by American Indian tribes, and many pioneers brought precious seedlings in their covered wagons. Today the plains states boast many backyard and commercial growers of this summertime favorite.