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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Garden Temptations

Three years ago I purchased two bareroot blueberry plants that were on sale after season for $1.00 a piece.  This is the first year they have given me berries and they should be ripening up shortly.  Though not enough to bake a pie ... it does look hopeful for the coming years as the bushes have put on much new growth. 

The two apple trees have actual fruit this year.  These trees, along with a sour cherry tree were damaged last winter by our resident moose ... their fencing was reinforced and the distance from fence to tree was increased to keep Bullwinkle at bay.  No cherries this year.

The raspberry vines were from my neighbor last year. 

I wish growing up we had the good fortune of having garden fresh fruit and veggies.  The only time we had such treats was when we'd visit family in the Midwest on summer vacations.  Gardening would be easier had I learned how as a youngster. 

11 comments:

Mr. H. said...

It looks as though had a very nice harvest of rhubarb the other day, we have been enjoying our plants as well.

I'm happy that you will be able to taste a few blueberries this year. Did you know that at one time they grew wild around the lake, huckleberries too. I like your sign.:)

Pat said...

I'd say you're doing a great job with your gardening. Are your kids storing up your knowledge for their future gardens?
I had an uncle who was great at gardeneing, and my cousins really got a lot of their knowledge from him. I think the love of it is what is most important..it causes you to seek out the answers!

Laurie said...

Ah yes, the challenges of critters, and growing food!

Mrs. Mac said...

Mr. H ... I did not know that blueberries grew at one time nearby. Huckleberries too?? My oldest son has promised to take me huckleberry pickin' this summer .. he works for the Federal forest firefighting service and knows some good spots. I need a few more of those moose x-ing signs unfortunately;(

Pat .. gardening is a skill (like many) that takes years and years to develop. Being that you can only 'practice' once or twice a season .. the waiting is what's hardest on me ;)

Mrs. Mac said...

Laurie ... yes, critters and getting the soil just right are my biggest obstacles (OK, skill and patience are a problem as well;)

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Blueberries are great aren't they. I'm relocating ours this spring, will give the soil a top up with some peat first.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I have problems with birds taking bites of my tomatoes, squirrels digging things up, and rabbits eating plants down to stubs. I have heard of folks having problems with deer, but don't know of anyone else who has moose invading their gardens.

Your berries look good. I hope your plants keep growing nicely so they produce more and more each year.

I planted some raspberries this summer, and know I will need to use a cover to keep the birds out if I hope to harvest any. The strawberry plants a friend gave me aren't happy where I have them, but they are alive.

Mr. H. said...

Way back when we were still able to go up into the mountains directly on the other side of the lake I would occasionally run into a small patch of huckleberries. I did notice some bushes growing around Newman lake a few years ago though.

The best ones that I find are around the Bonners Ferry and Priest lake area.

MAYBELLINE said...

Wow - everything looks great. I would say you got the hang of gardening.

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meemsnyc said...

3 years! Wow, is that typical? The other fruits look great.