Monday, June 23, 2008

Berries & Berries-to-be

Our strawberries are ripening! I've been picking a good double-handful of ripe berries every day. Maybe not enough to make jam, but they sure do make a delicious breakfast, desert, or blog-side snack. :)
The blackberries, marionberries, tayberries, and loganberries we planted along the cedar fence last summer are absolutely loaded with blossoms and berries.
Some are quite a bit earlier than the others, this one is all done blooming and looks like it is set for a glorious harvest. These berries are going to be huge!
The blueberries have also set respectable crops, and the gooseberries are fully loaded again this year. Since we had so much trouble with the gooseberry sawfly larvae stripping all the leaves off the bushes last year, we covered the gooseberries with a tent made from floating row cover material a few weeks ago, when we saw the first signs of insect activity. The idea is to keep the adult flies from being able to lay their eggs on the gooseberry leaves. So far, it seems to be working - the plants are bushy and leafy and look tremendously healthy. The tent looks a little wierd, like some kind of squat white ghost in our yard. But it sure beats spraying or trying to catch and squish all the larvae by hand!

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