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.