Bumper Berry Crop This Year
Our raspberry and blackberry bushes provide good yields every year, but the quantity and quality of both has been exceptionally high this summer. The wetter than normal May and June we experienced this spring probably has much to do with it. The extra precipitation appears to have been a blessing for all fruits in this region of the world. For example, the branches of my wild plum trees are so laden they are on the verge of snapping. My neighbor's apricot tree appeared more yellow than green this year. The only fruit that did not seem to do well this summer were watermelons, which have been smaller and less sweet than they normally are. In any case, the abundance of fruit this season guarantees ample jams and preserves, which brighten even the darkest winter days with the scents and flavors of summer.
Those are some fine-looking berries. Like y'all, we had a very good fruit season this year. Our peach trees finally took off like rockets and have produced nicely. Blackberries and raspberries thrived, too. All of our vegetables did well, too. The one disappointment was the blueberry situation. We have several bushes and they made a fine crop of berries, but the problem was the birds. I usually cover the blueberries with bird netting to protect them. The birds never bother them until they're nearly ripe. But this year, while most of the berries were still green, the birds swooped in while I was at work and obliterated most of the fruit. Very sad sight. So, no blueberries for us this year.
I am sorry about what happened to your blueberries, S.K. Nature has a way of getting around our best defenses. Speaking of blueberries, I haven't seen many here in Hungary. Perhaps I will plant a few next season and see what happens.
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