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November 22, 2012 in Blog

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We’ve got lots of blackberries and blueberries ripening, much more than last year – if we’re lucky we’ll have to investigate recipes for apple and blackberry jam. And we’ve just harvested strawberries too (well, about a dozen of them, but strawberries aren’t our strong point).

But our jostaberry didn’t flower again. Nice healthy green leaves, and it’s about up to my shoulders …but no berries. Does anyone know what we’re doing wrong?

9 comments to '…berries'

  1. @Boobok our jostaberry is at least ten years old and survived the drought with no watering and no food. It is only about waist height but has a mass of fruit on it. I only prune out the old dead branches and it is planted in a raised part of the garden. Maybe your plant is being looked after too well. Our rasberries however died back in the drought without the water but have comeback from the dead these last two years.

  2. @Boobok I love berry season; although I never get to eat many of my strawberries as my dogs beat me to it.

  3. I planned some strawberries a little while ago and my dog ate them as well :( Had a few more I went to pick but something else ate it :(

  4. Thanks @wombat01 we’ll have to treat the jostaberry more roughly :-) Not that it gets any special treatment, and it rarely gets watered outside of what the rain drops on it. But I suppose that if you want fruit off anything you don’t really want it looking too green and healthy.

  5. A blackbird took a fancy to our blueberries (our best crop ever too!), fortunately we found out before he’d eaten many. It was interesting to watch him try to work out how to get through the netting we put up. But don’t worry we’ll pull the net off when they’re nearly finished and let him have his share. It’s only fair after all the work him and his family does all year turning the soil and eating grubs.
    Next up: the battle of the blackberries!

  6. Hi @Boobok. I know that blackberries have a tendency to become weedy (actually they’re hard to stop, even a bit of twig in the ground will sprout). I’d be very interested to know how you keep your blackberries under control?

  7. Hi @Mark, our blackberries are in a hole in the ground all of their own, so there’s nowhere for them to escape to. We’ve put them on a trellis between one of our raised beds and a gravel path. We walk on the path and the raised bed is full of rubble at ground level.

    We’re waiting to see what interesting ways they’ll find to escape, but so far they’ve not managed it.

  8. @Mark, while we’re on the subject of berries, the Blackbird mightn’t have got the blueberries, but the Silvereyes got in under the netting and grabbed the best of them, so now we’ve taken the netting off and everyone can take their fill.

    We’ve got a bumper crop of blackberries under nets now, I suppose we’ll see how inventive our feathered friends get with them…

  9. @Boobok that sounds like a good way of keeping blackberries under control.

    We kept some in a pot once, but we got rid of the saucer underneath it to get better drainage, and for months after we were digging blackberry shoots out of the garden around the pot.

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