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dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 23 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ditto, the 500kg steel cable and big eyelets in brick are struggling with the wet vegetation and fruit load

if it stays a little brighter this aft about half the ripe ones will be too wet, low sugars and still too acidic, the other half are entering the world beard contest

very good crop, shame about the harvest time weather which has degraded quality

i will try get a snap, the bit that runs over the door to the alley is looking rather spectacular at the mo

the bird feeders/ photo studio is in the full pipe of the wave, im feeding them between the mint and tomatoes and if they need to hide the bramble is milliseconds away

blackberry bramble is a splendid plant, although it can get a bit enthusiastic without a bramble tamer in charge

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The garden one is a cultivated one but a rather enthusiastic type. Old variety but good sized berries and good flavour. The woodland ones are wild in ever sense of the word.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our Oregon Thornless Blackberry got rust last year..it was everywhere..this year's crop is small unripe berries and although the canes are vigorous, the rust is beginning to show again...so it might be time to get rid of it

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

my strain has had rust for a decade or more, they seem to thrive together

maybe different strains/spp and different rust versions vary from fatal to harmless in presentation

Nicky cigreen



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
tis rather wet for top quality, they need picking before they rot rather than when hot sun perfect

loads and loads more in waiting though


this is why I have left them to the birds so far, but now we have a few dry days, I shall pick my harvest - lots out there.

gz



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
my strain has had rust for a decade or more, they seem to thrive together

maybe different strains/spp and different rust versions vary from fatal to harmless in presentation

Good point as it is so vigorous...I will see how the harvest goes and consider, allowing for the weather as well

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 23 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

it was sun/cloud for a few hours, i took the best kilo or so which are not bad

2 days sun would have provided several kilos of best and plenty wine grade

hey ho, 2 crumbles which is nice

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 23 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I picked a litre tub in the garden yesterday evening. Dry day apart from a thundery shower not long after I had put the washing out. All nice, and am starting to cut my way into the jungle to get at more of them. There is bryony in the mix too, so had to cut that to get into the middle.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 23 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

a bit of sunny finished a kilo or more that i could reach, 75% grade A+ the rest grade A

several more kilos i do not wish to try to reach

early and well cropping with good berries, quality is very weather dependant with very short harvest windows

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 23 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

quite a lot today, good sugar content, b+, a and a+

in wild fruit news , it looks like a good year for sloes on quality and numbers

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 23 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Was out in the main part of the wood yesterday and saw that the blackberries there were ripening, so will have to try to get out picking next week. There are also plenty coming along in the garden, so they need picking too.

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 23 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Another wet weekend here No picking for us

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 23 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The weather yesterday wasn't too bad, but we were out and about, so was too tired when we got home. Today is currently wet, although I think it is supposed to dry up, so I will go picking if I can.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 23 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

today there are some very nice ones, not ready or hairy describes most that are still on the vine

it is hard to decide how this harvest has gone, lots set, many matured, half of those rotted, the rest have been grade A or grade A+

better than i would have expected after months of overcast and damp/raining
blossom time was luckily suitable, even though bee, moth and hover fly numbers are devastated they got pollinated

i need to teach somebody how to prune, the 20% i did nearly killed me, but "trim that" could be very disappointing and a "gardener" might be "garden" if they get it wrong

i will have to put my headhunter hat on

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 23 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine are variable, but quite a lot of good ones. I went picking them in the wood yesterday too and got a punnet full quite quickly. Not as large as the garden ones, but most not bad.

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