Since I’ve had a lot of my tree fruit fried by recent freezes, I’m hoping for a good berry crop this year.
So, I’m creating this thread to hear about y’all’s berry plant progress and harvest for this year.
Regarding our plants, with the strawberries, they started blooming at the first of April. I got the patch weeded and fenced in then. Because of the blooming, I covered the majority of the patch during a couple cold nights, but we still lost some buds. There was a 28 degree night that I did cover, so we lost quite a few more. But, It looks like they’re still pushing out new blooms.
This will be the first year we ought to get some berries from the Flavorfest plants I planted last year. I am also about to plant a row of Seascape berries, which are everbearers, so we might get some from them later in the year.
It looks like our raspberries did pretty well over the winter, although I had to do quite a bit of pruning. I got the patch weeded, and fertilized last week, it looks a lot better.
There are quite a few decent size canes, nothing over 4ft, but we ought to have a decent harvest. Plus, it looks like we’re getting a good number of new canes as well.
Our blackberries had quite a bit of winter kill, especially the UArk varieties, so I had to prune out a lot of dead canes. But, I will say they did better than last winter. There has been some new canes, but the hard freezes we had looks like it hurt some. But, we should get a decent floricane crop.The Triple Crown row looks pretty good, although I had to prune out a few canes. It should give us a big harvest.
The three gooseberries bushes look pretty good, the larger one (Oregon Champion) is already showing fruit buds. The next largest (Jeanne) also has some buds. Hoping the other two plants give us some fruit this year, they’ve never produced anything significant since they were planted (2017).
Anyway, hope everyone has a bumper berry crop, so let’s hear how they’re doing.