I finally started to pick some blueberry and strawberries this past week. I have two blueberry patches and I tried to grow some ever-bearing strawberries in hanging baskets in an empty greenhouse this summer. I have been picking about a quart every other day from about 25 different plants. I hope when they all start to produce I will get three or four quarts every few days. I am planning to have some the whole way up to November. The blueberries are just starting to get ripe. Here are a few pictures of my plants.
Noticed this morning that a few of the blackberries had turned from green to dull red. Checked the wineberries and they look like they will be a week late this year. However, blueberries are coming in strong. Mrs. picked a 5 qts yesterday and about a gallon on Saturday. Also looks like the high bush cranberries have a good set this year, but they won't be ready til October.
This year has been nothing short of epic. The quantity and size are almost overwhelming. When I left town last Thursday evening we were just picking our first few berries each night. 3-10 maybe. When I went outside Monday evening after work it was more then I could possibly deal with. I think cause of all the cold weather early on that everything is in a big dang hurry to rippen. Also, for whatever reason the birds have not bothered the berries and I sometimes count on them to help me not have a lot of waste. There is plenty of rasps and black rasps for all to go around. The Blues I keep covered. MINE!!!
We have a few black raspberry bushes around the house and we have been able to get a handful off of them every few days. It has been a nice little snack for the kids. The blackberries are going to be outstanding in my area this summer. I have a few patches that are looking very good. I would guess they are still a couple weeks away, but almost there. We have been able to find a few blackberry plants that are growing right along the ground and those berries are already ripe. We filled up a quart container the other day and the kids ate them all before we got home!