The berry patch looks like a jungle; all the rain has produced loads of lush green growth that has tangled together. The fruitcage looks like it may fall down at any moment, but it is doing its job. The birds seem to be leaving the berries alone and despite the weather the berries are ripening.
Picking them is not for the faint hearted as you really do need to fight your way in. During a break in the rain this afternoon, I braved the jungle and was rewarded with a fine selection of produce!
There are still many un-ripened berries on the bushes with no sign of any blueberries yet. I picked a few from each bush but the glut has still to appear.
I think the first berry crop needs to be eaten as it is, fresh and unaltered. Others I will jam, freeze, stew and jelly but these I think will just be enjoyed in the pure form – yummy! I love the taste of fresh summer berries and hope this harvest will be the first of many more.
Can you spot the glimmer of berries hidden in the bushy, wild and overgrown fruit cage?
The only pests we have are slugs! They have been having a wonderful munch on my strawberries that I having lovingly tended all spring. The straw surrounding them is very soggy, probably providing a cosy home for slugs and snails. Hubby suggested a beer trap – I think I will give it a try!
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It happens about twice a year; the sun comes up, the wind stays down, and it feels as though you’re on holiday in your own country, for 24 hours or so at least. It’s rarer still that it happens on a weekend so even better that we ended up at our friend’s house enjoying a barbie.
After a swift cut of the grass, the veg plot called our attention. After a three-week break through holidays and emergency appendectomy, the weeds had taken full control. Whilst the veg plot was undoubtably full, it was getting difficult to see the food underneath all the leaf cover.
Now, usually when weeding is suggested as the activity for the afternoon, the kids run a mile. But today, armed with his mini fork, the boy set about weeding the sweetcorn and, rather amazingly, he did a brilliant job. I think the key trick here was having plants that look completely different from the weeds…otherwise it could have been a different story.
The boy's weeding efforts
His next job was helping mum harvest the summer berries – blackcurrants, redcurrants and a few early gooseberries. They all live in our old converted chicken run which helps keep the birds out – but does little for the neighbour’s rats, which have munched their way through half of this year’s strawberry crop. Still, much chuffed with the haul of berries, for which there are now great plans in the offing.