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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 7, 2014 2:02 AM CST
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Name: Vicki
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We grow both these -

The blueberries are ready to pick now.
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Jun 7, 2014 9:00 AM CST
Name: Deb
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I have five blueberry bushes and untold numbers of invasive blackberries. Blackberry jam is my all-time favorite.
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Jun 7, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: Cinda
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Sad to say I will not be getting any blackberries this year. All the last year canes froze in our unusually cold winter. New canes are about 5 foot , so next year there will be berries IF we have a normal winter.

The blueberries are getting there

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Jun 8, 2014 9:11 AM CST
Name: Elaine
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I got a deal on some blueberry bushes last fall, and thought 'what the heck, they're a buck each '. They are Southern Highbush, low chill varieties bred for this area. I have a big raised bed that I figured I might be able to acidify the soil enough to make them happy in it. Well . . .

One tiny bush had a couple of clusters of berries a month ago. Of course I had to leave town for the birth of my granddaughter so I missed them ripening and being enjoyed by the birds. A few of the others are showing growth, but some are just sitting there looking unhappy, and one was dug up and dragged away by some critter - I found it dead and dessicated about 40ft away from the bed. Shrug!

I bought some little pop-up cages to try and protect the berries, maybe next year I'll actually get to use them, and taste a Florida-grown blueberry. Growing up in the Pac. NW they were my very favorite fruit.

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