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Old 06-24-2016, 4:34 PM
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Default Blueberries hitting their stride

Got quite a few large patches of blueberry bushes in the back 40 intermixed with two kinds of blackberries and salmon berries.

Blueberries are beginning to ripen. Spent ~2 hours picking (the boys 'helped' hand to mouth for about 2 pounds worth - ditched with sore stomachs and squirts) ended up with a decent amount of ripe berries.

Got to cooking up some jam ... so tasty!


There are probably 5x as many blueberry bushes out there that will produce next year - we will see how many more berries come later this summer.

No sign or bear scat but rumor is there is a bear about. Pretty thick undergrowth in the back 40 so if there is a bear it will be a very close encounter ...

So just kick back and enjoy the rest of the day!
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Looking good! We planted our first two blueberry bushes this spring and got a small harvest. The intent is to propogate another 6 this fall. Mixed with our boysenberries and strawberries they make a nice jam.
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Got quite a few large patches of blueberry bushes in the back 40 intermixed with two kinds of blackberries and salmon berries.

Blueberries are beginning to ripen. Spent ~2 hours picking (the boys 'helped' hand to mouth for about 2 pounds worth - ditched with sore stomachs and squirts) ended up with a decent amount of ripe berries.

Got to cooking up some jam ... so tasty!


There are probably 5x as many blueberry bushes out there that will produce next year - we will see how many more berries come later this summer.

No sign or bear scat but rumor is there is a bear about. Pretty thick undergrowth in the back 40 so if there is a bear it will be a very close encounter ...

So just kick back and enjoy the rest of the day!
Have them whistle while they are picking. Can't chey when you are whistling. I swear my kids could eat their weight in black berries. Whistle.
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Old 06-27-2016, 6:17 PM
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Whistle! Awesome. I will tell them that is the best way to keep the bears away. That ought to keep them from eating berries.

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So just kick back and enjoy the rest of the day!


Enjoy the wonderful sunset and property, indeed.
Nice pic.
That is something to work for.
Congrats and thanks for sharing.

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very nice. Ours are on the way out, our "crop" came in about a month ago, tapering now.

we have 6x plants here, 3x fruiting, the other 3x will do so next season. How many do you have that are producing? You're pulling many more than we are.
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very nice. Ours are on the way out, our "crop" came in about a month ago, tapering now.

we have 6x plants here, 3x fruiting, the other 3x will do so next season. How many do you have that are producing? You're pulling many more than we are.
Ours are wild plants. Have not done an actual count but there are a lot. I'd hazard a guess as to 12-15 plants are strongly producing now and about 5x as many that will later this summer or maybe next year.

We went out late yesterday and picked some more. There are a bunch of plants just now flowering and a lot of young unripe berries.

Summer heat has not really gotten a foot hold just yet.
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Ya know ... I'm thinking these are not actually blueberries but are black huckleberries.

I've checked several references and they all kind of look the same to me ...
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awesome. Maybe we should reconsider our plan of 6x or 7x and go to 9x or 12x.
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Ya know ... I'm thinking these are not actually blueberries but are black huckleberries.

I've checked several references and they all kind of look the same to me ...
Huckleberries tend to have berries that are not clustered, blueberries are more bunched up or clustered.

Huckleberry plants have tubers in the roots, Blueberries do not.

Both are great and will keep you regular.

Take a bowl of either berry, cover with whipped cream right out of the can and then drizzle lightly with honey. Good stuff.
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