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Berries, birds, and cicadas in 2021

For me, at least, it’s been a bumper year for berries. In some years, I harvest only sparsely from the various fruit plantings in my landscape. Black raspberries, in particular, get snatched by birds before I can get to them….

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Berry Patch: Picking raspberries early this year

Raspberries: four weeks earlier this year Ellen picked half of a small bowl of Heritage red raspberries this morning, nearly a month earlier than in past years. I was quite surprised a few days ago to see a large red…

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Raspberry heaven… hopefully not a maggot haven

I’ve been harvesting raspberries for the past 10 days from my five June-bearing plants. Like most other garden plants my small fruits are ahead of schedule this year. No gray mold and just a whiff of brown marmorated stink bug-…

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Winter solace in our raspberry bed

Raspberry bed before cutting & weeding Yes, I did mean “solace,” not “solstice.”  Solstice was last month.  Solace was two hours this afternoon. Just after noon when I looked out our kitchen window, the sunny scene beckoned me to come…

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Black Raspberries ( Part #4 )

As was said in an earlier post, it’s possible to grow black raspberries in a container. To do it, you need a 25-35 gallon container, a tomato cage, and frequent watering. As seen in the picture above, the primocanes –…

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Black Raspberries ( part #3 )

Eating black raspberries is the easy part. Growing black raspberries plant is more challenging. The goal is to keep alive a raspberries cane for 16 months during its growing season- 1st year- as primocane and through its bearing season -2nd…

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Black Raspberries ( Part #2 )

When planning to grow black raspberries, choosing between cultivars can be hard. Fortunately, the University of Maryland Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fruits & Vegetables program determined which ones are the best for our climate and are the most disease…

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