Another gallon of blackberries in the freezer , and I only lost a couple
ounces of blood and gained a handful of chigger bites ... What I expected to
be an hour and 3 pints or so turned into 3.5 hours <well , I actually stood
in the road talking to the new neighbors for about 3/4 hour> and over a
gallon of berries . I waited 3 days this time to pick , which it turns out
is a mistake . Too many over-ripe berries , pluck one and another falls too
. And I sure ain't diggin' around in the weeds for a few berries , there's
bugs and snakes and stuff down there ! So from now until they're gone it'll
be every other day . And of course I'm not picking it all , the birds and
other small critters get their share . After all , they're the ones
responsible for us having the plants all over .
Speaking of all over , I noticed today that we have new canes growing in
areas that were bush hogged year-before-last by the utility company in their
easement <for power poles , they keep the trees 30 feet away from the lines>
so next year there'll be more places to pick . This year has been a banner
year for wild fruit , we've had just about the right mix of rainy and sunny
days . The blackberry patches are still covered up with unripened fruit . I
expect to harvest at a minimum another 4-6 gallons over the next few weeks .
And if all the muscadines on the vines make it to maturity , we'll be havin'
all kinds of fun makin' wine , jelly , and my wife has a great juice recipe
. I may have to buy another freezer for what we won't have time to
process/room to store !
On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:03:47 PM UTC-4, Terry Coombs wrote:
Where are you located? We had almost no berries in our area last year, Maryland north of Baltimore, but there were a lot of unripened ones on the bushes last weekend. I hope we get enough this year to make jelly, wine, or both.
I'm in Stone County Arkansas , north central part . Last year was dismal
here , nowhere near enough rain . This year we've had rainy then sunny then
more rain , in just about the perfect mix . I finally gave up on getting any
blue<actually low bush huckle>berries , the critters eat them as fast as
they ripen . The 3 blackberry patches I've been working all have enormous
quantities of unripe berries , and I'll be out there again today to pick .
Every other day seems to work best . I haven't had to water my garden at all
this year and everything is just bustin' out - some of the tomato plants are
nearly 2 feet over the 5' cages , and all are loaded . We've got over 70
strawberry plants now from the original 14 I planted , and so far I've
managed to save seed from bok choy and spinach for a late summer planting .
Lettuces haven't made seed yet , but I'll be harvesting that too .
On Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:49:34 AM UTC-4, Terry Coombs wrote:
The blackberries finally ripened up here. I thought there would have been m
ore and larger berries with all the rain lately but it was more of an avera
ge year. Also, the berries seem to be ripening in phases, with only about 1
/3 to 1/4 of the berries on a bush ripe and black at a time.
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