Friday, October 5

It can't go on for much longer!

I can't believe that we are still harvesting soft fruit despite the wet and dreary weather - surely this can't go on for much longer.
The fruit that we harvested yesterday may not look much but should be set in the context that fruit had also been picked a couple of days before as shown below.
The raspberries have been incredible - we're still picking autumn varieties and the yellow variety seem to be performing the best they have ever done - they must have heard that we were thinking of digging them up! The berries are gradually becoming smaller but are still welcome and tasty.

The blackberries on the older prickly bramble are now past their best but there are still some bright shiny berries on the new thornless Loch Ness. The few in the top photo are Loch Ness.

The everbearing strawberries - Flamenco are still bearing fruit. One of the early fruiting plants has green berries but I would be surprised if they develop enough to be picked.
The ones above are from the bed covered in weed control fabric. Some berries in this bed have gone mouldy with the damp but none were nibbled unlike the  those in the uncovered bed. The fruits are a decent size too.
We have a couple of cranberry plants growing in tubs and I picked all the berries from one bush.
Strangely the other bush growing just on the other side of the greenhouse door has only about six fruits. Same condition, same care strange!

PS - I've made passing comments about this year's foray into green manure use. I haven't gone into great detail as it's really Martyn's project but if you want to read an update, Martyn has posted about it on his blog here


PPS - Sorry if you ended up with all my stupid spam in any comments update - I hot the wrong button! I promise to try not to do it again.

17 comments:

  1. Great photos & what a fab harvest. I'm still picking raspberries too.

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    1. Raspberries have been great this year haven't they awpol?

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  2. Your soft fruit has worked hard for you this year, perhaps making up for the less than perfect veg season we've had.

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    1. Pity the top fruit hasn't been as good, Jo but at least some things have performed this year.

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  3. My raspberries are still producing fruit too. They have enjoyed the extra rain we have had this year.

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    1. It's strange, Mark as I would have expected the yellow raspberries to have bruised as in past years that has been a problem.

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  4. I think it's great that we are still getting soft fruit...we all certainly deserve it after the year we've had. So what do you think to the 'loch ness' blackberries than Sue??

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    1. So far we really like the Loch Ness blackberry Tanya - it was a good recommendation - thanks.

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    2. Glad you like it...it's always a little worrying when recommending something to someone else on personal taste.

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  5. Your fruit looks so much better than anything i've seen in the shops!

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    1. Must admit the shop strawberries do look poor, Kelli

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  6. Wow - I can't believe you are still getting that much soft fruit - you obviously have Caribbean type weather where you live.

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    1. Caribbean type weather - it isn't, Elaine. We must just grow tough plants

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  7. They look delicious! Hope the taste exactly how they look.

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  8. What a great harvest. I am still struggling with where to grow soft fruit here. A tree surgeon told me that the sickly ornamental cherry I was all set to remove is in fact probably an eater, and should be fine if I feed it a bit, so bang goes using that area!

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    1. And more of the same today Janet - minus cranberries. It will be interesting to see what happens to that cherry.

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