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Berry Time

6.07.2010
I have been patiently waiting a year and a half for the raspberries to do something other than hide the ugly electrical box in the backyard…. and this morning they made it worth every single day.

Raspberries first harvest

Not knowing anything about raspberry bushes I had no idea when they were ready to pick.  Do they start to fall off, or do you have to cut the thorny stems with clippers?  I had no idea and in the back corner of the yard I was without a google-enabled device to answer this pressing question.  So I took the plunge and pulled one off.

Raspberries first harvest

It felt like a raspberry should and I had been doing the organic thing with the bushes this year so I poped it in my mouth.

Wow.

I like raspberries from the grocery store and buy them whenever they are on sale, but this berry blew all of those out of the water.  It was so sweet. 

So I immediately got a basket to collect all the berries in and proceeded to eat one and then put one in the basket.  And then eat another two and then put one in the basket.

Here is what made it back to the sink.  Where they were promptly eaten before their flavor had to spoiled with refrigeration.

Raspberries first harvest

I planted two different varieties of raspberries-the classic pink/red color and another variety that ripens to a peach color. 

Looking at the bush, I should be getting larger and larger harvests because there are so many on there that are not ripe yet.  So we will be trying to consume them as fast as we can as well as freeze the extras for future smoothie making.

If you are a beginner garden like me and thought about trying raspberries, I would say go for it .  The first year of no fruit stinks, but my four plants have taken off this year and other than having the painful task of tying the thorny branches to a trellis, I have pretty much left them alone.  They have been disease and pest free with no intervention and I am not nearly as diligent in watering them as I am the other veggies.  They spread and need full sun, so if you have those criteria I would plant some and start counting the days until your first berry crop.  They fruit on two year old canes, so after this years harvest is complete, I will cut back all those branches and let the new canes grow so that they are ready for fruit next year.

Unfortunately, there was one nuisance that I could foresee ruining my happy berry day. Raspberries first harvest

And I knew that as mad I have been at the rabbits for killing all the spinach and eating countless other plants, if birds got all the berries that I had waited two years for,….well I just might explode.

So now the berry bushes now look like this. 

Raspberries first harvest
Hopefully the birds and I can remain friends.  While I am enjoying every single berry.
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12 comments on "Berry Time"
  1. How exciting, and they look very yummy!

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  2. We're bummed, because next year will be the first year for berries, and we'll be gone. It's getting really big this year, but it has no buds. Husband is bummed.

    We have a bumper crop of strawberries, though. My canning/preserving book says to clean and top them and then freeze them flat on a cookie sheet. Then, when they are frozen, pop them in a ziplock. This will ensure they won't stick together when freezing and make them perfect for smoothies. Yummo!

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  3. Looks delish! We have a million black raspberry bushes in the woods surrounding our house and it's awesome - I don't do anything and am rewarded with super-delish berries. I love the peachy ones, though - what a fun color!

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  4. I am so jealous of your crop, I would love to have fresh raspberries. Good call on the bird repellent, you deserve every one of those berries for your patience!

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  5. yum yum!!! They look so yummy (did I already say it? lol) - hopefully next year we'll plant some in a container :)

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  6. Your berries are so far ahead of mine here in Maine! I will be posting later this week about our blackberry plants that are showing the earliest signs of berries!

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  8. wow i love ut blog & u have a beautiful home.
    I am sure gonna be back
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  9. It's too hot and dry to grow raspberries here. But they were 50 cents (!!!) a carton today at the market. I have never seen them so cheap! Needless to say, I bought them... blueberries too! If I were a "jammer," today would have been the day!

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  10. i picked berries one summer during college. it got tiring after doing it eight hours a day, but i'd do it again if given the chance. it wasn't hard, plus i got a tan.

    where i worked was a research center, so they were studying the different types of raspberries and growing conditions, etc. i bet there were 200+ plants. we weren't allowed to eat anything we picked. :(

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  11. I wish I had room for a raspberry bush, my mom has tons of them and we just gorge ourselves on them!

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  12. Your raspberries look delicious! I am eating some right now but I wish they were homegrown!

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