Thursday, August 21, 2008

Crops 24, 25 and 26 - Fruits that Failed

Three of our favorite foods failed to produce this summer. The cherries, raspberries and blueberries just provided a few fruits each. We think it's just a bad season for the cherry trees and the blueberry bushes because their new and old growth looks lush and healthy but the raspberry bushes have to go. They are spindly and tiny and just a shadow of their former selves. We started them about twenty five years ago and at their peak I was picking five quarts per day. This year we didn't even get a pint so we're going to rip them out, try to remove the quackgrass in the area, and we'll plant some new bushes. We've read that wild raspberry bushes in the area of domestic ones can overtake the domestic and we think that may have happened. There are many wild raspberry bushes up here. I used to get kind of tired of making jam and removing seeds and freezing the oodles of berries but now I miss them. They are so delicious with a little milk and sugar and the nutritionists now know what a healthy treat they are.

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