Thursday, October 20, 2011
I thought strawberries were my favorite thing to grow. But red raspberries may be moving to first place.
I have no idea when we started picking them. I really should keep better records. They did struggle during the summer with the dry weather. The berries were few and small.
But with all our fall rains, they are now big, juicy and abundant!
I only have about eight plants, but we plan to extend the row next year. Rarely do the berries make it to the house. They are normally snacked on right off the bush.
But last week I was able to pick a pint and save them for muffins. Yummy! It is a thrill to pick fresh fruit from our garden in late October.
And maybe, best of all, the plants are perennial, take almost no care, and have few pests other then some beetle damage to the leaves and bees who love the berries as much as we do! Oh, well, they need to eat, too!
Besides red raspberries, we also have yellow raspberries which are also doing well. Our blueberry plants are trying to die, and succeeding. The blackberry plants have not decided to take off yet, hopefully next year. All of our berry plants are only a year or two old, so we are still learning.
Do you grow raspberries? Is it usual to have them this late in the season?