Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
So worth doing. Those couple of years before fruiting really gets going go pretty quickly. All of a sudden you're bird-netting trees and looking forward to feasting. Our only problem is that the bird nets keep out birds but not small child. Not a single blue berry made it indoors last year. The kids got to 'em all first.
Yum. Mulberries. My grandparents had a big tree and I remember just picking the mulberries straight off it and eating them. But I think mulberry trees can also get a bit messy, especially if the birds like them....
Ben, I awarded you The Versatile Blogger award on my blog yesterday. http://mmuser.blogspot.com/2011/09/passing-on-blog-love.html.It's your turn to pass it on.
I'm passing through some of the blogs and thought id stop and say hello. And i hope that you folks have a very nice fall weekend. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.
Deb- Yeah, I'm a bit impatient about the pre-freuiting years. Cool that you grow blueberries. Is that a tree or a climbing vine?Karen- They are messy, but wonderful. I have memories of our big mulberry kid as a kid, and me stomping maroon all through the house. Oops. I'm actually wondering whether I should replant it at the back of the yard. They do grow big, and I've put it in a very prominent spot..Wendy- thanks so much for that, and sorry I haven't relplied earlier, I've just been away from blogging a few days. that's very kind and I'll get on to it!Richard- thanks for stopping by my blog,I hope you have had a great weekend also.
The blueberries are bushes actually. They like the same kind of soil as rhod.s and azaleas so we've chosen to grow in them in very large pots rather than mix them in with other plants that don't like that level of soil ph. They've proved easy to grow in Melbourne but I don't know if they are dependent on our cooler climate to set fruit ... might need to check that if you want to try them in NSW. We were advised to pull off all the fruit the first year before they grew so that it would put it's energy into growing. That was heart-breaking. But last year was our first crop and this year the two plants have gone mad with berries (not ripe yet though). Being in pots has meant we can move them to the sunnier parts of the garden during winter and then come late spring we'll pop them underneath our large fruit trees so they can share the bird netting and the bigger trees will give them some shade from the harsh summer sun. Our cherry tree has surprised us this year by putting on some green cherries - we thought it'd be another year before we got fruit. So sometimes you get surprised by fruit earlier than you expect. Here's hoping! We debated the mulberry. Would have liked on but ran out of room. Went for a large apricot instead.
Sorry. That was probably way more information than your polite mention of blueberries required. Obviously, I'm not good when started on the topic of fruit trees.....
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