Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blackberries and Blueberries

Our blackberry bush is bursting with berries this year. 


So far (knock on wood), the deer have restrained from nibbling. 


Last year we had a nice crop that gave us a good week or so worth of pickings. This year will be even better and I'm so excited as there's nothing quite sweeter than fresh picked berries. 

The blueberry bushes are full of green berries as well. When we were out in the yard the other evening, I showed them to the babies as blueberries are one of their favorite foods. Margaret gave a few a little squeeze and determined that we'll have to wait a few more weeks before pickin'. 

Last season they weren't quite ready to eat blueberries, so it will be a special treat when we pick them this year. 

21 comments :

  1. Yum! Nothing better!
    xoxo, Chris

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  2. I don't have blueberries but I have masses of blackberries...the sort that grow wild in our hedgerows! Last year I made bramble (blackberry ) jelly and we are still enjoying it. I also put some in the freezer for the pies and crumbles that we love. Your post brought back many happy memories! Thanks Joan

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  3. Lovely photos, the vines against the white fence. Soon the twins might enjoy the Robert McCloskey book, Blueberries for Sal. Wonderful illustrations . . .

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  4. Bet your kids will love them! !! Have a great day

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  5. ooh lovely, perfect for blueberry pancakes...
    Bec x

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  6. Isn't it delightful to experience the wonders of life all over again through a child's eyes?

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  7. I love ur berry posts with the lids little hands on them. Too sweet. I tried growing them but the deer and the birds attacked them. I Used to go picking in my neighbors yard witH his permission but he moved. So sad don't know new people that well to go picking. Your berry bushes look yummy enjoy

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  8. Your bushes look so healthy! We planted a few raspberry vines here in the house we lease. Hopefully down the road the next tenants will enjoy them.

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  9. Pickled berries! What a great idea... do you have a good recipe? We've been pickling beans and asparagus the past two years (makes the best Bloody Mary's!)

    Christina
    www.foodiwithalife.com

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  10. Your bushes are just bursting with berries! If you make jams, I just made and posted a Lime Blueberry Jam recipe. I also have a link in my post to my for Spiced Blueberry Jam. Both jams are outstanding.

    I'm sure the babies will have lots of fun picking, eating and squishing the berries!

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  11. That is so exciting! We planted three blueberry bushes last year in the children's garden but every year the birds eat all the berries before they finish ripening. This year we even put up a net and they still got to them!

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  12. I just made a blackberry and blueberry cobbler last night. Never thought about growing my own...do they need a lot of sun? They look pretty too! <3

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  13. What is the trick to get such large, healthy looking blueberries? I have some, but they seem so small and sparse looking. Any help would be appreciated. Good fertilizer? Compost?

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  14. While you enjoy your berries, I'll enjoy your photos! Fun for the kids to learn where our food comes from.

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  15. Oh how blackberries give me such a memory from childhood. Such a lovely taste and I hope the deer leave you some to share with the babies. :) Kit

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  16. Hi Teri,
    We did fertilize last spring, just as they were leafing out. It's an acid based fertilizer. Other than that, sunshine and watering have made ours happy!
    Best,
    Trina

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  17. Oh, my - lucky you! Blackberry season has long since passed in Louisiana. <3

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  18. I can't believe how the seasons are so different from place to place. We just picked the last of our blueberries and raspberries here in South Georgia. The peaches are finishing up and the pears are ready to be picked. Your blackberries are amazing!

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  19. What a great crop! How fun for the babies to watch them grow and then to be able to pick them and eat them right off the bushes!
    xojoan

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  20. Yummy. Mine are nearly out now. Our summer here is running a little late!

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  21. Yum! We are so lucky as to have black cap raspberries growing wild in the woods. Berry picking is such a delight. Yes, it takes time, but it's also many long moments of considering the delicious things that are to come. Berry tarts and berry ice creams are my favorites.

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