Saturday, July 20, 2013

6 kinds of berries! (not counting the cherry tomato)

This is just to show what's available from this property in July. You've got pie cherries (on the right), blueberries, alpine or wild strawberries, giant blackberries (these are Wisconsin hardy), raspberries, black currants and a cherry tomato, just for color contrast. This year the only thing I'm having trouble with birds on is the blueberries, so there aren't so many of those. I'm not using nets this year--too busy trying to pack up and move.

I'd like to recommend black currants to anyone who hates using nets. They go from green to black without a lot of red color, and they hang out under the leaves, so I've never had to shield them from birds. They make great juice, jelly and jam.

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