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Old 08-01-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Crazy bad year for blackberries.

Here it is August 1st, and the blackberries around here are still blooming! There have been a handful from some of the bushes along the roads, but it's looking grim for a cider this year or a freezer full for future torts and crumbles.

Tomatoes are sparse and forget any hops!

The raspberry bushes, on the other hand, are duk'n it out with the blueberries and the Hood strawberries have invaded the lawn. Never though I'd be taking the weed whacker to either, but I do on a weekly basis (not the blueberries though).
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Do you have olallieberries up there? I love blackberry jam, but I picked up some olallieberry jam from a fruit farm near Monterey CA and it's great stuff. Had a olallieberry pie too. Mmmmm!
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Lots of things are struggling this year. We've had some rain lately, but it's been dry all summer. South of us there are golden fields of corn. Which should be very green and lush.

Our apple and cherry crop is going to be terrible.
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We have a great blackberry crop this year!

But not one apple, crabapple, or chokecherry bush has a bit of fruit on it. We've made at least 15 gallons of chokecherry wine a year for the last 10 years or so, and this year we have zip. The same with the apples/crabapples- we won't be able to make any wine at all this year.

For us, it got to be over 80 degrees in March and the snow melted and the trees started blossoming. But then the temperature dropped in April and killed all of the young fruit that started too early.

We got some rain last week, so we're no longer in "extreme drought" but it's still very dry.
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What really makes me need a hug is the beautiful Mulberry trees in Astoria (yes, you heard that right) that were bearing HUGE delicious looking mulberries. Perfect for a mead!

Except for the fact that our soil has enough cadmium and lead in it to outfit Kvothe's alchemy room. Argh!
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olallieberries? No, and looks like they don't grow well around here. We do plan on adding lingonberries this year. Maybe a mulberry tree at the country place, too big for this property.

We finally broke 80F and went straight to 102. I believe that's for the first time since 2009. Maybe the blackberries will come through.
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Had blackberry jam tonight with dinner. Bought it fresh from the farm. Yum.
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I have crazy big blackberries around my place.
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David, down here in So Oregon, the blackberries are just now starting to be pickable. The last few days of 100+ weather has really peaked their interest. As well as the tomatoes for that matter. SWMBO and the outlaw are making seedless blackberry jam as I type this.

I have noticed the area's that had more water are a little more advanced than the fields that didn't. My grandma has a field that she flood irrigates and the blackberries are ginormous (usually). They aren't that big yet this year.
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