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Let's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits

By dave
June 7, 2014

Welcome to Soft Fruits week! Blackerries, raspberries, strawberries and more. What are you growing, and which cultivars do you think everyone else should grow?

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Jun 6, 2014 10:42 PM CST
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Region: Pacific Northwest Permaculture Organic Gardener Region: Oregon Native Plants and Wildflowers
Canning and food preservation Herbs Composter Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
Honey berry ~ 2 different varieties ~ birds LOVE them, I love them also when I can get beat the birds to them.

Black cap ~ It is a native, wild berry here in Oregon. I have transplanted some close to the house. My dog and my family love them.

Huckle berry ~ They are also native and grow wild here. I have gathered some and planted them close to the house. They are doing well.

Thimble berry ~ grow wild here. Again, I have transplanted some near the house. They are doing well.

Goji Berry ~ This poor little plant came to me from a rough road traveled. It struggled to hang on to life for 2 years until one day my very helpful husband decided to help me by weed eating the small orchard next to the house and despite the 3 ORANGE FLAGS surrounding the struggling little Goji, he weed ate down to the ground. I am still recovering from the shock and agony of loosing that one, and haven’t replaced it yet.

Stella Cherries~ This is a superb cherry tree. It is indeed a battle to gain a harvest before the birds get them all.

Hardy kiwi~ the gophers love these so I had to dig them up and bury a hardware cloth basket to plant them in. A friend has an old vine and got me hooked on these delectable little fruits. The flowers are beautiful.

Hollywood and Howard Miracle plums ~ FABULOUS

Apricots ~ I love these and have tried twice with poor luck. I am in the process of researching my problems. There are a few orchards, commercial and backyard, around me, so, I believe it is something I am doing incorrectly. I will try again. I actually have allowed my first attempt of apricot to re sprout. I know it will be a sub par variety, but I will let it grow and see what I get.

Nectarines ~ My favorite Lovey dubby They are a little harder to keep happy here in the Pacific Northwest. At least in my yard because I do not spray or use any chemicals, so the leaf curl, bugs, and birds wreck havock. I did get a nice harvest last season. So, I will keep working at creating a symbiotic relationship.

Pluots (Plumcots)~ New tree for me. It is loaded with fruit this year and I am excited to try them.

Blueberries~ Again, the gophers LOVE these. I lost one plant to the gophers so I dug them up and placed hardware cloth in a basket shape and replanted the bushes. They are doing fairly well. I think it will take another year for them to recover from the gopher attack. We have many blueberry fields nearby, in case I need to start over Hilarious!

Red Flame Table grapes ~ These are wonderful. I was a little intimidated about growing grapes, but these are doing great and give the back deck some needed shade in the summer.

Interlaken Green Table grapes ~ These are the most prolific producer of lovely grapes for fresh eating, or for juicing. Wonderful addition to my edible landscape Lovey dubby

Marion Berry~ These were bred right here in the town I work in. They are a thornless blackberry with a rich deep flavor. The berries are about 2 inches long. Lovey dubby

Wild Himalayan Blackberries ~ My husband cusses these plants because they grow all too well around here, but, I must say, they are my favorite berry of all! DELICIOUS
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Jun 7, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
For natives, we have the tiny red huckleberries growing out of stumps, thimble berries, and salmon berries.
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