Vegetable gardening demands so much tending and monitoring that I sometimes forget that we also have fruit growing… And they are so easy to forget in the moment because they just are, happy and growing, not really needing us. Only when I get a craving for fruit right off the vine/branch do I remember that my yard is filled with little sweet wonders.
I’ve been keeping a close eye on the wild raspberries growing everywhere on my property. There will be so many! Our little blueberry bushes, although very young, will offer a few handfuls this year. We will be moving them to a sunnier location and investing in a few more come early fall. The strawberries are finally showing signs of reddening. This is our 3rd year of growing them and we have yet to eat one. They have been a feast for the mice and voles so we finally transplanted them in containers and it seems it has done the trick! Our few surviving plants are pushing out and my daughter is thrilled. Our 4 year old Dolga crabapple has found its rhythm and I’m happy to say all apple jelly made this year will come from our own backyard. All the branches are as filled as the one above and I stopped counting little tiny apples at 100. And finally our gooseberry tree, easily lost among the day lilies an irises in the front yard is filled with fruit, all starting to turn that luscious golden/reddish hue. Only our ground cherries seem to be having issues this summer, but there is still time. We can’t have everything be perfect… now can we?
Wishing you a wonderful first evening of July. Happy Canada Day again to all my fellow Kanucks and be safe in your celebrations.
Good night friends…