Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Berry Update

We have four pathetic looking blueberry bushes in the back of the house but surprisingly, they all have a fair amount of blueberries on them.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we might actually be able to pick a few this year...that is if the birds stay away.  I'm also going to try rooting some green stem cuttings later on this summer.

The red and black currant bushes are loaded with fruit.  I'd like to dry the black ones and make red currant jelly if we get enough.

Although I've never picked them before, currants seem rather tedious to harvest.  However, the little clusters of fruit sure do look inviting.  The leaves themselves also have a wonderfully pungent wine-y dark fruit scent to them. 

The gooseberries are fattening up as well.  It's another soft fruit that I've grown to love.

In addition to these, our raspberries are growing like gangbusters and there are a ton of flowering blackberry canes growing wild all around the development.  I've been told that they are suspected to be a cultivated variety that was planted by someone before the land was developed here so I might dig up a few plants to take with us if ever we decide leave this wonderful home we're renting.  


  1. I love gooseberries. My problem is that I don't know when to harvest them.

  2. oh all of these will be so yummy! wish I could have gooseberries or currants (can't order them for NJ)

  3. This winter and spring has been unreal: I've already harvested some blueberries and raspberries! The black raspberry I'm just waiting to finish coloring up. And the alpine strawberries have been producing for a few weeks now. So far so good!
    Anna in MD