It was about this time last year that I posted about our berry patch section of the yard. Well, it’s changed a smidge so I thought it was time to put out an update.
I realize it’s these nail biting, edge of your seat type updates that keep The Homestead readers coming back time and time again and I’m just trying to do my best to not disappoint…
Blueberries! We now have blueberries here at The Homestead.
Last year this section of the berry patch use to be home to some blackberry plants that were trying to grow. I say “trying”, because in the end, they just weren’t doing very well.
Plus, not being a big fan of blackberries, I didn’t exactly help them a whole lot either. And while I’m being honest…I didn’t exactly help the raspberries at the other end of the berry patch either. Nope. I’m not a raspberry fan either. They both have too many seeds for me.
The fact that both the blackberries and raspberries were given to us for free does easy my mind just a bit but the fact that I let them die off probably broke some gardening code somewhere.
I ended up buying 2 Bluecrop bushes and 2 Jersey bushes. This first picking was taken from the Bluecrop bushes.
When I planted these 4 bushes back in mid-April, they were more or less twigs. In theory, I should have cut them down to almost nothing right away as to let the roots get better established and wait until next year for berries but begins as I LOVE blueberries, I caved and let them grow.
In case Karma is reading this I just wanna say, I’m sorry about letting the blackberries and raspberries die and if you let my blueberry bushes thrive, I promise I won’t neglect any more fruit bushes in the future. Unless they’re poisonous. Or have too many seeds.
I still consider myself a newbie with our dry, rocky northern Utah soil so that fact that ANYTHING is growing is exciting to me.
Since the other two vines seemed to be doing so well, I guess I was feeling bold and planted another grape vine this past spring. It’s a Somerset Seedless.
This way I don’t have to go back on my word to Karma.