Jul 17

Berries!

Going back to this article I posted in 2013, I shared information about harvesting wild berries. There are also a lot of other types of berries available for cultivation on the small farm or in a home garden. Many varieties can grow for decades and they don’t require a lot of work. Berries are a good part of any permaculture program in your garden.

Blueberries about half-way to the harvest.

Blueberries about half-way to the harvest.

My blueberry bush is doing well and will produce a nice batch of fresh berries. The abundance of rain this early part of summer has helped to plump the fruit nicely. They are great for eating with yogurt in the morning or topped on ice cream and put in cereal, both hot or cold. I will probably have enough to freeze some as well.

As berries begin to get plump it is important to cover the plants with netting of some sort. Failing to do so will likely be an open invitation for the birds to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I have posted about strawberries here.

Black raspberries are delicious in flavor, but, for me, the only way I enjoy them is made into jelly. Jelly is the cooked and strained juice product without the seeds. Preserves or jam still has the seeds in it and they can be uncomfortable when they get stuck between your teeth!

I think in the future I will plant more raspberries as a privacy border along the south side of my property line.

Thsi small handful of black raspberries is all that I was able to harvest this season.  I was waiting for more to ripen and the deer got to them before I could.

This small handful of black raspberries is all that I was able to harvest this season. I was waiting for more to ripen and the deer got to them before I could.

 

Here is a link to read about all the many berry varieties. Some are wild and others are useful in the home garden.

 

UPDATE; 8/1/15

Blueberries seem to take a long time, but they are quite full. This morning I picked the first wave of blueberries in my garden. Over the next two weeks the remainder of the fruit should ripen. Perfect timing!

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Approximately 20% of the berries were fully ripe today.

Approximately 20% of the berries were fully ripe today.

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