In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from feasting on my blueberries. My Raspberries have suffered greatly and this year there weren’t any to harvest. Unfortunately, the damage the deer did last year has affected this seasons production. Raspberry fruit only grows on 2 year old canes and last year the deer ate everything down to the nubs. Hopefully I can get the plants to recover for a harvest of raspberries next year. If not I may just plant raspberries inside the fenced garden area. Blueberries also suffered heavy losses last year. It was extremely frustrating to see the blueberry fruit begin to plump and ripen, only to go out a day or two later and discover the birds had devoured every one of them!
This season, I purchased a type of white covering cloth that allows sunshine and water to reach the blueberry bushes, but the birds can not get under it. Thus far, I have had several large portions of blueberries with many more on the way. In fact, I am actually considering adding a few more blueberry bushes next year. They are so delicious, bursting with vitamins C & K, and they freeze very well, it seems worthwhile to add more as part of my permaculture plan.
So, in early October I set out to make a batch of blueberry muffins with some of the berries in my freezer.
Here is a link for quick and easy Blueberry muffins…but instead of muffins, I made a small cake in an 8 x 8 pan.