It's a smidge too early to predict what kind of a raspberry crop we'll get this year.
Blossom buds are still tightly closed on the raspberries, but I have a feeling if we could get a good, soaking rain they would start to pop. Right now the ground is super-dry and we need moisture.
The raspberry plants are filling out much more than I expected them to this year. Earlier this spring when we pruned out the dead canes, it was looking pretty sparse and I was wondering if we would have enough plants to bear more than a handful of berries. I know a lot of the greenery in the above picture is made up of new canes that have just sprouted so even if our crop isn't overwhelming this year, it looks as though next year will be a whopper-doo. (Raspberry canes grow one year and bear the next.)
Three years ago I was close to pulling out our blueberry bushes. They were about ten years old at that time and were very poor producers. I must have put the fear of the compost heap in them because all of a sudden they started giving us oodles of berries. Right now there are more blossoms on the bushes than I've ever seen.
It's hard to imagine having a better strawberry harvest than we did last year. But we sure do have a lot of blossoms out there. The yellow centers you can see in the flowers are actually tiny berries already forming. Because we are in such a dry spell and the berries need moisture to grow properly, we set up the sprinkler in the strawberry patch early this morning and gave them a good soaking. If we don't get adequate rain soon that may be a routine task for a while. Any effort we put into watering will be worth it in berries we get.
It's been gray and overcast for a couple of hours now (nearly 8 p.m.), but no rain so far. Supposedly we have a fifty percent chance of scattered showers tonight and then nothing in the forecast until Saturday night. Maybe I should go out and do my rain dance?
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