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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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raspberry

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.