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Naantje
« on: August 29, 2013 05:54:10 AM »



So, we moved in January so we had to give up most of our garden. We were able to take along our two year old cherry tree, our two year old blackberry bush and our two gear old grape plant. Apart from that, we also put rocket salad in a pot. Unfortunately, our new city garden hasn't been very kind to us: our cherry tree got infested by wood lice just when the fruit was starting to grow. It was still so tiny, and the devilish insects really killed the young fruit. The grape plant blossomed, but gave no grapes (I'm actually not sure if grapes are self-pollinating, maybe we need a second plant?) and our rocket salad was entirely munched up by caterpillars! So this year, the harvest is minute, I got 150grams of blackberries from our bush so far, and there are still some berries ripening. They are very tart though, a lot more sour than the kind you get in the store. I'll need to look into soil additions to make them a bit sweeter!

We'll try again next year, hopefully the harvest will be better Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013 06:27:23 AM »

They're beautiful.  Did you just pop them in your mouth or did they go into something clever?
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013 06:32:29 AM »

Just popped them in my mouth. I might try making jam from the second ripe batch though, they're really sour.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013 06:36:21 AM »

That's exactly what I would have done with them.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013 09:52:51 AM »

Good for your harvest!  It sounds like the pear tree we inherited when we bought our house early this year.  The pears were growing nicely, and fed the squirrels nicely as well.  Boo.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013 04:33:38 AM »

The harvest isn't looking like much on my balcony either. I think the late frost and the rainy, dark first half of the summer didn't help at all.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013 03:25:16 PM »

Many berry vines only produce every two years. On the one year old "canes" and not on the new growth. I have Black Raspberry bushes (briar pile???) that behave this way. Proper pruning can keep them in check. We had a copperhead snake problem, and we weed-whipped them all to the ground last year. This year...no fruit, but they are spilling canes everywhere, so I believe the next year will produce good fruit.

You are probaly right about the grape pollination thing. Many trees and vines behave that way. They need a second one to "do their thing".

Have you considered "green" pest control to maintain the eating critters? That is when you purchase natural (buggy) preditors for your plants? Keep in mind that the catterapillars make wonderful butterflies to pollinate next year's crops.

Marigolds are a wonderful deterant for many bug species, too. And look lovely tucked into the garden. Basil is another good one to have on board. Good luck, and keep trying. Some seasons just don't work well with what we wish for, either!

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