Sunday, July 31, 2011

finally seeing blue

 I planted blueberries five years ago, anticipating that I would have huge harvests within a year or two. But as usual, things didn't work out as planned (do they ever?) Plants got nibbled by rabbits in winter, weeds competed in summer, and every year I was left with blueberry bushes about the size of the ones I had planted. But last fall, I took some time to weed the bed and pile on a heaping load of pine needle mulch (plenty of that around here). The response was very positive: good plant growth in spring, good flower set, and now, ripe berries. Yeah, they look imperfect, but they taste wonderful!


This is the entire harvest, and that's before tasting. Yeah, I know...but if I do what I did again this fall, things should just get better, right?


I saw another kind of blue in the blueberry patch- blue vervain. This wildflower is one of my favorites for its spikes of dainty purple-blue flowers. I'll let this weed stay.

The rest of the garden is coming along, although I have a resident deer who is quite fond of cucumber plants, bean leaves, Swiss chard, and even tomato plant tops. I managed to harvest enough snow peas and sugar snap peas for a couple meals, although I won't have enough to freeze. Despite the deer depredation, I may be harvesting green beans in a week or so. And my first summer squash is on its way.

I can't believe it's almost August. Every summer I have grandiose plans of accomplishing so many things that can only happen in the summer, and I always fall short. I have managed to restart my running this summer though, and I am feeling the benefits: 5 or so pounds lost, hopefully more to follow, and the exhilaration of jumping into the pond after a 5.8 mile run being chased by deer flies. I only saw one vehicle the whole time this morning.

5 comments:

Floridacracker said...

My crop is just finishing as yours ripens.

Do you grow any tree fruits there, like cherries or apples?

Rooster613 said...

Hi, Deb! Your berries look good -- my cherry tree had very few cherries this year, poor pollenation, I think. My apples are doing well, tho. Stay cool and stay dry and watch out for those cursed deer flies!

webb said...

Beautiful berries. Mine are long gone, but I got about the same number. The second flush of berries were eaten by some critter. I put netting over the bush, but I think the birds found a way to get in anyway. I'm willing to share, tho.

Elise said...

I like to pick wild blueberries here in Pennsylvania. I either missed them completely this year or it was a VERY bad year for them...I think a bit of both. I have a bunch of plums on my tree for the first time ever...I'm sure it will hail or something bad like that...hee hee.

RuthieJ said...

Oh Deb, 5 years for blueberries? I put in 3 plants this spring and was looking forward to berries next summer. I'd better utilize your mulching and care tips if I want to pick blueberries next summer!