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sisters picking strawberries

The girls are great strawberry pickers, and we have enjoyed lots of strawberry treats this year.

Ella wateringflowers

We water (sometimes the path or our sister) and pick lots of flowers for the house.

watching bees on the lavender

And we always take time to watch the bumble bees and honey bees, and thank them for their hard work.


baby strawberry plants

My strawberries are trying to escape. I knew that they would spread, but I had no idea that in the first summer they would spread so much and so quickly.
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berry picking

As you know, I have four blueberry bushes. I also purchased one red and one black raspberry bush this spring. The red raspberry is doing okay, the black one has been growing like crazy but has not set any fruit or flowers. I am suspicious that it is growing from below a root graft, and therefore will never fruit.

In the woods bordering our property, Chris noticed these berries growing. They are scattered on the edge of our yard and loaded up with berries. Four new baby berry plants have sprouted out of my old wood chip pile. I plan to dig them and plant near the garden. But I can’t figure out why the deer haven’t eaten all these berries. Any place my garden raspberries poke through the fence, the deer devour them, stems and leaves included. If I plant the forest berries, will they leave them alone?

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I’m always trying to learn more about gardening, but there is still so much I don’t know. So, I could use some help. I planted four blueberry bushes last spring. I got them from the same supplier (bare root) and planted them in a row. I heard they like it a bit acidic, and they are in a spot where pine needles drop each year. They are all on the north side of my garden, full sun. I treat them all the same, but two just look like they are dying while the other two are thriving and have blueberries on them. Any idea what the problem could be? They seem like they are in trouble, but I don’t know what to do!


Originally uploaded by On Maggie’s Farm

Yes, a beautiful ripe raspberry. Too bad I didn’t get to eat it. I took this picture and then was so distracted taking other photos that I forgot to pick the berry. When I remembered an hour later, it was gone.

I am now fighting back. That very evening I installed netting over my berries. I can report that it works perfectly for all my berry bushes and my strawberry beds.

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