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Old 09-11-2009, 01:30 AM   #1
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just wondering since i planted 2 raspberry and 4 blueberry bushes this year for the express purpose of using them in meads.

the raspberries are heritage variety and the blueberries are 2 chippewa and 2 elliott. when they're fully grown i should get lots of berries from them 20-30 "struck" quarts total, however much that is. i'm still trying to figure out what a struck quart is. 20-30 sounds like a lot regardless.

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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I have blackberries and raspberries, though not enough for wine and mead making. I do have grape vines and elderberries that provide enough fruit for wine and mead.

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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I have many Strawberry plants on the side of my house the produce berries a few times during the season. I pick them when they are ripe, clean and de-stem them, then freeze them until I get enough to do whatever I am using them for. Typically a Strawberry Wine. I have had good results and hope to add some Blackberry to my backyard area next year.

I also have some grape vines, but I am still struggling with these to get them to produce good yields.

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I have wild raspberries all around the edge of my yard... I have eaten them often, but have yet to use them. Maybe next season I'll get motivated and raspberry a wheat beer.

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Old 09-11-2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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Planted raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and grapes this year. I don't know if the grapes will make it, my dog decided to bury a bone where they were planted... twice. The raspberries have really taken off, others more slowly.

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I planted crabapple trees and a sour cherry tree about 8 years ago. I use them for wines. I grow rhubarb for rhubarb wine. I have currants, also.

I don't have enough blackberries or raspberries for wine, but I do have some.

I pick a ton of fruit this time of year! I've been harvesting chokecherries (wild) for about two weeks, since those make a great wine. I also "grow" dandelions for wine, too.

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We have a ton of raspberries but I usually eat them before anything can be done with them. We also have strawberries, grapes (also live next to a vineyard tough to resist), pears, apples, plums, and blue berries. The last two years I have wanted to try plum wine but this year we had a week of 100+ weather and the plums didn't so well and we were out of town so I was not able to save them.

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We have grapes, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants, strawberries, apple, cherry, peach, pear and fig tress planted and some I am missing too. But all are young but the grapes are coming along nicely as are the strawberries. In time we should have lots of everything. We mostly feed the turkeys and the bugs though. We tried to go all organic but I have finally convinced her we have to use something or else we will never get any fruit we can eat unless we want to eat worms too. The beetles eat every last peach on the trees.

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I've planted blueberries, cherry, apple and peach trees, but no, I don't grow any fruit, yet. Other than feral blackberries, not much happening.

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nice to know i;m not alone. right now i only have what i've listed but i plan on doing more in the future. i may also do grapes, more raspberries and blueberries, probably some blackberries and maybe some straw berries. i dont have room for all of them as i am also growing hazelnuts so i may go with grapes and blackberries. i'm thinking concord grapes.

i'm also growing as organically as i can. no herbicides or pesticides, only compost made from materials AFAIK that didnt have pesitcides or herbicides used on them, etc. the compost really makes a difference. the cantaloupe i grew this year were extremely sweet and juicy to the point they almost gushed when they were cut open. tons of flavor, firm but yielding flesh. they were unlike any melon you get at the store. night and day.

i made some mini muffins with the raspberries i collected the past few days and they are excellent. fresh out of the oven the raspberries made me think they were more of a jam. again better than anything i've gotten from the store. tons of flavor and very sweet.

gardening at home > buying produce at the store. hands down.

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