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Besides Blackberries, it also looks like I’ll have a good amount of blueberries this year. Last year I only had one blueberry and a bird ate it before it turned blue. That’s not what I’d call a successful harvest.

I grew up loving blueberries and would never turn down a slice of homemade blueberry pie. In fact, I wouldn't turn down the less homemade Hostess variety either. My grandparents had a lake house up in the country and I remember picking buckets full of blueberries each summer. And that was using the “one for the bucket, two for me, one more for the bucket, three for me” method of picking. We'd even take the row boat and pick the wild blueberries that would grow around the lake.

So when I bought my house I made sure that I planted my own bushes. I've had blueberry bushes on my property for the last 7 years now. They were well established large bushes until last year when I had to transplant them because of pool/landscaping renovations.

But it looks like they're getting comfortable in their new home, a raised bed in my vegetable garden. As long as I can get out there and put a net over my plants in the next couple of weeks, my family should have it's fill of blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie and maybe even enough for my father to make some blueberry wine.

13 Comments:

  1. Colleen said...
    That's what I want to add next: blueberries. I have raspberries and strawberries. Now I need blueberries :-)

    That's one of the things I love about gardening: if we had any kind of connection to plants as kids, we can grow those plants in our gardens now and relive a little bit of our childhood. That's how I am with lilacs, and it sounds like you have it with your blueberries.

    And now, I'm craving some really good blueberry muffins...
    Anthony said...
    Colleen, I have blackberries, strawberries and blueberries and need to plant raspberries. :)

    One of my goals of planting these berries and my garden in general was to create similar connections for my kids.
    kellypea said...
    Mmmmm...berries! We used to have blackberries at our old house (the one that actually had property) and loved to make cobbler, and jam, and just eat them off the stickery vines. We were pretty lucky with the birds, tho. They used to go for the apricots and plums instead.

    Those were the days! Good luck with your blueberries this year.
    Kate said...
    It looks as if you will have a good blueberry crop this year. I think it's great that you are doing this - kids love picking and eating berries.
    Ottawa Gardener said...
    Since we are doing an inventory, I have raspberries, alpine strawberries, gooseberries, currents and blueberries.

    Last year, we had one blueberry too... same bird ate it.
    Anthony said...
    Kellypea, silly birds. Don't they know that blueberries are much more tasty that apricots and plums.

    Kate, yes my kids will love it for about a minute and then they'll move on to something else. They'll be 5 & 3 years old this summer and the attention span isn't there yet. :)

    Ottawa, gooseberries sound great! I have a lot of empty space in my new beds. Maybe I'll give them a try.
    AC Associates said...
    Any advice on how to pick the raspberries before the birds get them? I have one and it produces alot, but flocks of birds hit it before I even get a chance to get out and pick one. Same thing happens to my cherry tree. Now I just let the birds enjoy...
    steven said...
    My neighbors have a huge patch of blueberries in their yard enclosed in a timber and chicken wire structure to keep the birds out.They very graciously allow me to pick as much as I like.
    Anthony said...
    Hi AC, Glad you stopped by. I plan on building a small frame out of 2x2 lumber and draping bird netting over it to protect my berries.

    Steven, be sure they don't slam the door shut the next time you're in there. Sounds a little too Silence of the Lambs for me. :)
    Ki said...
    Plant a mulberry tree, Anthony. Birds love mulberries better than any other fruit so our blueberries and serviceberries go untouched until the mulberries give out then the plunder starts. But don't plant the mulberry in your yard. Encourage a neighbor to plant one. ;) And you especially don't want to plant a red or black mulberry. You'll have a mess tracking the fruit into your house or have purple bird poop over everything. The white mulberries are the way to go but even they are quite messy, dropping fruit and stinking up the place with the rotting fruit.

    We have blueberry bushes ringing the deck and more out in the yard. When the nearby mulberry trees start to peter out, trying to beat the birds to the outlying blueberries are hopeless. We still have a chance at the ones around the deck but the bold catbirds and cowbirds will beat me to the ripe fruit everytime. ;(

    Unfortunately there are a couple of bushes in the hinterlands that produce very large good tasting fruit that we get very little of. Oh well, the birds do eat a lot of insects, worms and other pests too.
    Christa said...
    Mmmmm... fresh blueberries in pancakes. Lucky you!!
    Haddock said...
    Here in Germany the first of my blueberries are starting to ripen :)
    lisa said...
    Hey...you could mix them with raspberries and make "black and blue" jam! I did a couple years ago-turbo yum!

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