Sadly though unless you pick them yourself or get them super fresh they loose that special something that a just picked berry has.
Berries for me evoke strong memories of childhood. My cousins and I also used to spend Autumn days wandering the country roadsides picking Blackberries for our mums to make jam and ending the days with stained mouths and fingers. To this day my favourite jam is Blackberry Jelly mmmmmm.Over the years my parents grew Strawberries, Black and Red Currents, Gooseberries (a bit tart for my liking back then) and Blueberries.
Blueberries were something that we grew commercially as pick your own and ready picked. So Winter was pruning season and every Summer I used to earn money picking, sorting and
For a while now I have been planning a berry patch and even though we live in Queensland where it gets quite hot I am determined to give it a go despite the fact it might fail.
So before heading off to NZ we sprayed off 3 areas where our Berries were to go giving the spray a month to kill of the grass and dissipate . I am not a huge fan of spraying but when trying to kill off Kikuyu grass smothering it is not an option so for a quick result I went with it.
I already have a patch of thornless Blackberries (Waldo) that were originally just 2 plants but have now multiplied and created new plants where branches have touched the ground. These were not really planted in an ideal spot so they are getting moved, to join the other berries, where we have also made a bit more of an effort before planting to make sure we can control them.
|The unloved Blackberry's|
|Preparing the Beds|
|This closest bed was for the Raspberries and was getting a |
root barrier so we were making the sides very straight.
Note the mega mulch pile in the background, very handy having
an Arborist for a Hubby.
|Number one helper trying to get in on the action.|
|We framed the Raspberry bed with roofing Iron and now just need|
to put some piping around the top edge to make it safe.
|Raspberries in and mulched|
|Blueberries in and mulched. Root barrier not requited,|
puppy barrier maybe....