Berries, Berries, Berries

My pulse is quickening, it is berry season here in New England.

Strawberries are available for picking. This year we didn’t get any from our garden because the chipmunks ate them all. Last week my son-in-law went picking and shared some of his harvest so we have enjoyed some delicious locally grown berries.

There are some local cherries but not as many as we all wish. We actually had a few on our tree, but the birds ate those. So, picking locally is the way to go.

I guess when your yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat you have to expect some loss and attempt to maintain a sense of humor. But, it is hard when you expend a lot of effort gardening only to find your entire crop has been eaten. Gardeners love challenges and this will be one for us to work on for next year.

We have new blackberry bushes this year that were a gift from friends. Best kind of gift – one that keeps on giving. We have a few blooms on them and will hopefully enjoy them for many years to come.

The blueberries look great and will be turning soon. We have two very mature high bush plants as well as four new transplants.

Branch loaded with berries

High bush blueberry

And, the raspberries both red and black cap are growing like crazy. We’ve had raspberries for several years, but this year there is a bumper crop.

Maybe it is the good gardening practices? Or that the small animals don’t like the thorns?  I’m not sure why, but it is a beautiful sight.

Row of raspberries

Ready to enjoy

The adults each have their favorite berry, but the grandchildren and I love them all even the wild ones growing on the edges of the wet lands.

In the middle of the winter with snow flying, there isn’t a better gift to get than a wonderful pie or tart made with berries from your own garden.

Happy berry season to all. May your gardens be productive or local picking be available.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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7 Responses to Berries, Berries, Berries

  1. That is the first time I have ever seen a black raspberry. Very attractive!

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  2. Joyce says:

    I just love the humane lifestyle you practice! The care you take to tend your wildlife will hopefully reward you with plenty of “leftovers” for yourselves! I, too, fear for the fate of our little pumpkin patch, but the deer were here first; we are the ones who invaded their home. Maybe we are experiencing the same good fortune that you are having with your berries. So far nothing of ours has been eaten even though chipmunks scamper all over the front of the house! But that’s okay. Our cats are glued to the windows watching them! Less money spent on cat toys!

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  3. It’s interesting to see the difference in growing seasons from my Southern to your Northern. Our dew berrys and brack berrys here in AR bloomed in April and were ripe on the vine late May and June. Done and finished and your’s are just starting. They look so pretty.

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  4. Ogee says:

    We have a giant mess of black berry bramble to clean up in our garden. Somewhere below the thorny pile we are told exist two beds, but things have been left untended for years. Any tips on how to best attack would be much appreciated!

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    • Judy says:

      Thanks for stopping by and here is a link that might be of help http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000577_Rep599.pdf. We have blueberries, raspberries and just planted blackberries this year so I don’t have a lot of experience with them yet. But, I’ve been pruning raspberries for several years. Once they are done producing fruit, the canes that were fruitful this year turn kind of brown and are easy to recognize (the ones that will fruit next year are green and full of life). The brown ones get pruned down to the ground – they are done. It looks kind of sparse when you are done but that is okay. Then I lop off the tops and sides to make the row even and neat. Next year, the growth is unbelievable, and the eating is even better. Wish I lived closer, I’d sure volunteer to help you at your beautiful garden.

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