| Date of Last Update: 11 August 2015
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In this edition:
Grapes are Dripping from the Vines!
Figs are “Doin’ It”!
Figs are “Doin’ It”!
We are expecting Muscadines to start around the 18 th of August.
Blueberry picking time per gallon of berries has increased significantly. There will be berries for picking for a couple more weeks but you will need much more time to pick a gallon. The berries will be down, in, and under the canopy of the bush. The robins have arrived. Please do not turn distress call machine off. Once they, the robins, establish that there is food available the distress call stops working. The first priority for all animals, including birds and humans, is food. Limited Pre-picked Blueberries Available. What we have in the cooler is all there will be for the season.Get 'em While We Got 'em - Be sure to CALL FIRST if you are making a special trip!
Blackberries Blackberries continue at a slow pace. We still have some pre-picked available. The blackberries under the shade cloth are producing 5 to 6 quarts a day. But now, in addition to the battle against SWD, the blackberries are also are having problems with thrip. Thrip results in scarred dried up berries and requires spraying. We continue to be impressed with improved quality of berries in the shade but the return on investment for fall/primo cane bearing blackberries to date is not good. We will pursue using pine trees in the floracane backberries in east-west rows for interrupting long wave length radiation. In the fight against SWD: The atractacidal spheres for spotted wing has not been objectionable to customers. We hope the data, not in yet, is promising.
Interested in Volunteerting? School will be starting over the next week or two which means our summer help will be leaving. We will miss them! There is still lots of work to be done like mowing, weed eating and pruning blackberries and even picking and grading of grapes and Muscadines. So if you would like to come out and volunteer help, the best time is early in the morning before it gets real hot.
If your interested In becoming part of our Happy Berry Bunch Crew, we can set up a trial end of summer run if your schedule permits a few available mornings during the week. If any of this applies to you, swing by the farm or call us at 864-868-2946 or 864-350-9345.
More Farm News - blackberries, mulberries, persimmons and goji berries Last fall we planted both blackberries and mulberries that were very small in late October. Unfortunately we had a hard freeze in early November that killed them all. We got more of both this spring. With irrigation, the blackberries have grown- but the deer have been eating the Von variety as soon as they come out of the blue tubes. They are still coming along but not briskly due to the deer eating them as they grow.
The mulberries did not have irrigation, so we put them in pots to be planted this fall. We discovered that rabbits really like mulberries as they ate them right in the pots, eating them all the way down to a nub. Fortunately after fencing them off, all but one has recovered. Once we plant them in the field we will have to figure out some way to protect them from the rabbits.
Our small persimmon orchard continues to grow but we have lost at least 5 trees to drought and will have to replant them. Our only source for these trees is Chestnut Hill Nursery, that is in Florida. They will not ship until spring which does not give them sufficient time to become established before summer droughts. So we have had some attrition in trees and have not figured out another source yet for boosting the persimmon fields.
We have not seen any fruit on the goji berries yet. According to the Internet we should see some next year.
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