I’ve picked the last of the Pixwell gooseberries to sell, which is a very good thing because, as you can see, the blueberries are really starting to take off and I don’t want to be out there picking forever – I have crocheting and weaving to do!
In order to get to the blueberries before the birds – Did I mention yet that the bird netting we usually put around the blueberries first and move over to the blackberries once the blueberries are finished had to go directly on the blackberries this year to keep the deer away?! Why they’ve suddenly decided that blackberry plants are so tasty we don’t know. – Anyway, as I was saying, trying to get to the blueberries before the birds do, I pick them a little on the sour side. . . no sweet ripe blueberries on the bushes, no birds drawn to eat them. Thankfully this seems to be working as I see very little bird damage.
Score: People Brains – 1, Bird Brains – 0! lol.
Then I spread the blueberries out to dry and leave them on the kitchen counter to ripen for 24 hours before we eat or freeze them.
I enjoy working in the garden most during the cool morning hours. If I start around seven o’clock and move from the front of our yard toward the woods I can stay in shade the entire time I pick! Right now picking only takes about an hour and a half every other day. lol. But when we hit peak season I may choose to alternate between picking blueberries and yellow raspberries one day and red raspberries on the next. For now I can spend the precious morning shade hours of the non-berry days doing other outdoor chores.
That’s a lot of time to spend in ‘mosquito country’. They’re especially bad now because it’s been a very wet summer. I find this deet-free spray, Natrapel, indispensable. It’s non-toxic, yet quite effective!
Be forewarned, it’s one active ingredient is 10% citronella, so it’s Very Fragrant!! The can says “REFRESHING SCENT”. I suppose that’s one way of describing it. lol. But all that really matters to me is that the stuff WORKS!! I wouldn’t want to try picking berries in our yard without it.
I leave you now with a pic of our daylilies and phlox.