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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Gz, is that because on the whole they get more sun? As the west tends to be milder that seems a bit odd. I am picking from our garden blackberries virtually every night, so we are having blackberries frequently as sweet, and freezing a lot too.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think it must be..not that it was just recently
We are usually the wet and windy west coast
Today we are well over 25C

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 20 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

1.5 to 3 ratio of grade A+ to grade A was rather nice this tea time

the grade A went in the port tub, this year it has top end fruit rather than the B- stuff last year

the G1+ are on a tray freezing, like all the others

some got eaten and a few are awaiting eating

a very good year, i might have chosen pruning, feeding and watering for fruit but i half suspect the guano of the bird crew has made a change to how our garden grows

garden is pushing it a bit, small strip of messy bramble(i did just trim it a little)might be more accurate)
the snaps in wildlife show the reality of the rather tight layout

do not be scared to take the secateurs to bramble, nor to train it with good wires

re good wires, overengineer big style, i thought i had with 500lb bs stainless but a good crop is very heavy and wobbles in wind and can stretch that sort of thing:roll:

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 20 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I pruned part of our bramble really hard last winter. I have been trying to get husband to help me get a frame up so that I can train some of the best roots, but we have had the post sockets for at least 2 years now, and no joy. I suppose I could go and get some postcrete myself and do it all, but as he is talking of getting son to help, I might find it rather too heavy work on my own. At least I can now get into the tangle and have two discrete bushes to pick from.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 20 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have had plenty of blackberries off the ones that are going on my part of the allotment. Big and very sweet. They do get the sun all day though.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 20 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They may be a cultivated variety, or may have been once.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 20 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They could well be MR as there are 2 different types.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 20 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Went blackberrying in the woods yesterday and got a good punnet full. Had some with cream yesterday evening and will use some more for a crumble with some apple this evening. Any over go into the freezer along with any more I can get in the garden. They are coming along again now as the weather has improved a bit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 20 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the last kilo or so need picking very soon
good crop, long season although cold and wet did not help last month

im not sure what the total wt might be but better than last year in amount and quality were far better

a lot eaten and frozen, plenty for 5 gallons of strong wine of some sort, most are fermenting on the pulp and the last pick will go in when i crop it

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I don't bother weighing mine. I have made a couple of gallons of wine and some jam from the stuff from last year. This years crop have given us plenty to eat with cream or ice cream and a good number of crumbles, with or without apple, and I have a lot frozen, so plenty in store again.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

we had a lot of grade 1+ at the start of the season

most of the crop has been G1 and G2+

a good year for quality and quantity, the former i suspect weather , the latter pruning for fruit and a bloom boost feed at the right time.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have lots of green ones still on the bush, which I'm hoping will turn, as they look pretty good, especially for more blackberry crumble, with double cream. MMmmmmmmmm.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 20 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Picked another couple of marg. boxes of blackberries yesterday, and elderberries too. It was good to catch a sunny day, and there is a fair amount not quite ripe, but much is spoiling on the bramble with all the wet weather.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 20 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, we lost a lot over the last week or two with the wet. Good thing is the seeds will drop and then the mice will have them for winter stores. Downside is we don't get the blackberries and the uneaten ones will end up as seedlings. I think there are enough blackberries in my world without more.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 20 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

some of mine always belong to the birds and mice

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