Friday, June 29, 2012

Backyard Berries

Everywhere I look I see delicious fruit growing in abundance. I picked the first wild blackberries on my walk today and then took time to harvest 2.5 lbs of strawberries from my tiny backyard patch.

today's haul
Here is the thickest patch which is about 5 feet by 7 feet. There is also salal (Gaultheria shallon) growing in that plot.

The other patch has strawberries growing sporadically among raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, rhubarb, Oregon grape, white currant, and a crab apple. This space is about 5 feet by 20 feet.

To give some perspective on quantities, last week I started picking about a pound every few days from these patches, and now I pick a couple pounds every couple days. I expect to be able to harvest this much for another two weeks, and then it should taper off. By then raspberries will be coming on strong, along with blueberries.As you can see, I have a lot of fruit coming out of less than two hundred square feet. My strawberries are the most abundant producer, due to sheer volume of plants.

I love having berries growing in my backyard to snack on anytime. The quality is also leagues ahead of anything from the store because I can pick the fruit at the perfect moment for fresh eating. Berries from the store are picked at the right moment for transport.

This year I will be doing a major rehab of the main strawberry patch, because as you can see from the first picture they are densely planted. This patch is beginning to show signs of a fungal disease because of poor air circulation. I will be doing some hard pruning and transplanting. Don't worry, I'll be sure to post pictures of my rehab job which will look quite dramatic, but the plants will ultimately be happy. Stay tuned. 


  1. 2 lbs more yesterday and 1 3/4 lbs today. Up to my ears in strawberries!

  2. yet another pound of strawberries yesterday.