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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jun 18, 2016 8:37 AM CST
I have two raspberry bushes next to each other. One is a summer producing one, the other is a twice bearing bush. The summer one looks great with lots of berries. .

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The twice bearing ones have lots of berry tops, but either they are just much much more immature, or something is eating off the immature berries.

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Thoughts?
Thank you!

Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 18, 2016 11:53 AM CST
I've had both birds and mice eat my strawberries and raspberries. I guess they love them as much as we do! You might have to get some netting to try to protect them. You could also put out some mouse traps in case they are the culprits.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 18, 2016 12:19 PM CST
From the photo, I'd say just less mature fruit. No idea what's munching the leaves.
Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jun 18, 2016 12:34 PM CST
The leaves aren't actively being hit, I think those in particular got cold damage but either way, those homes happened a long time ago and aren't getting bigger. :)

They are netted, and fenced, though mice could get in. ..mice get in my car so I have no idea how I could stop them. Lol.

Thanks!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 18, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Mice get in our vehicles and travel trailer, as well as the garden and greenhouse. Traps seem the only way to go, but we catch them continually all year long. We can keep the numbers down, but never be rid of them. If you have cats, that would help. We don't have them.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 18, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Robyn, try going out at night before you go to bed, with a flashlight. Be stealthy, and don't turn on the light until you get close, to try and see if there's something eating on those berries at night.

If you don't have a cat, you could try spreading around some scent deterrent. It's available at any garden center and doesn't smell too bad to people, but makes the varmints think there is a predator in the area.
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jun 18, 2016 9:25 PM CST
Thanks Elaine. Lol at me sneaking up on my garden at night like Tom and Jerry. One of my friend puts out cat fur around her garden to keep animals out, she swears that is working. Maybe I'll find someone with cat fur.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 18, 2016 10:04 PM CST
Really, I'm not kidding. Hilarious! (I know, it does sound crazy though but . . ) I go out at night and pick nocturnal bugs off my flowers all the time. If there are raccoons around, I make a regular patrol of the yard at midnight before I go to bed. It discourages them most of the time, and they take my yard off their nightly tour.

If you don't know what the culprit is, you can't figure out how to combat it. Catching the varmint in the act is the way to go.
Elaine

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Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Jun 18, 2016 10:35 PM CST
I'm actually wondering now... if maybe it was a mater of not being pollinated... maybe those never developed in the first place? Like cucumbers that never make it out of the female flower stage.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 18, 2016 10:40 PM CST
I'm a big fan of going out at night to look around your garden. I used to find snails and slugs at night. I'd gather them, freeze them and then dispose of them. It helps a lot if you have snails or slugs eating your plants. Give it a try.
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