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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A berry sticky situation

I bought these labeled twigs at a nursery yesterday.
I am hoping they are more than just sticks.

The first two are boysenberries...I hope.

This one is supposed to be a Jostaberry...
a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant.

I figure I can't really lose.
I am always on the look out for more kindling.


  1. Hazel with these sort of soft berries how big does the plant get please?

  2. Rose, I had to take the SPAM down it was not nice. You are far from silly!

    The boysenberries grow like raspberries on an annual cane that needs a trellis or some sort of support and are pruned hard each winter. As far as I can tell, the Jostaberry is more of a bush. It also fruits on the current year's canes and needs hard pruning each year.

  3. Interesting berries. We have blueberries and blackberries here on our farm.

  4. Good luck!

    (I got some not very nice spam too the other day... what's up with these people??!!)

  5. That picture of the vineyard could have been taken just up the road from my place here in Northern California. It looks a lot like Amador County. I live in a river valley, though, where the vegetation is very lush. I don't plant berries that can get away from me and take over the yard. Blueberries seem to stay civilized, but they don't ripen simultaneously so I only get about 6 a day. Good luck with yours!

  6. First off, welcome to my blog followers. Thanks!

    As for the sticks, my brother has had tremendous luck potting up sticks he pulls from the ground surrounding his mature trees. Berries are especially virulent, if that's the right word. Here's to plenty of future berries from this kindling!

  7. I have always read that with berries you shouldn't buy the ones that have already sprouted but I always do because at least I know the ones that have sprouted are alive. Good luck with yours. So far my berry plants this year are still growing.

  8. Hallo Hazel - they look not too bad for sticks ;)

    The best test is to look at the stick, see if any of its shrivel or dessicated, and if need been push you thumb nail into the stem to see if there is some green or at least some moisture.

    Berry fruit is sometimes a bit tricky, but perserverance is good, especially where the stick IS dead, but the root system isn't.

    Plus any good nursery person will give you a replacement for a dead stick they sold you :)

    But Yum !

  9. Ha ha , kindling, no doubt you will be inundated with berries once they get going and the rain continues.

    Never heard of a Jostaberry, very interesting cross.......

    Still have icecream containers full of raspberries from last summer. It was our best crop yet, due to all the lovely rain.

    Claire :}

  10. Wow! Wishing you good luck with your sticks!! :-)


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