Berries - The Fruit Crop That Keeps on Giving


I remember distinctly the day I thought I could never grow berries. I had killed multiple blueberries and my 3rd raspberry had also just kicked the bucked. 

And so I decided to give up. I resigned myself to never having the pleasure of picking my own soft fruits. 

And then one day Mr G & I were in a random nursery (as we do) and we spotted "Native Raspberries".

I was dubious, but Mr G had decided and so we walked out with 2 varieties.

We got home, popper them in a large pot, and I pretty much ignored them (AS I'd decided they we're MR G's).

And they grew, and grew, and grew. and Mr G pruned them as needed and then one day they flowered, and before we knew it we had our first fruit. And they we're delicious, flatter than a normal raspberry and slightly more tart. They we're an instant favourite.

That was a few years ago (And we have since perfected Blueberries, are still working on getting a steady supply of Strawberries, and always have mulberries on hand), and so last year I decided to get MR G a Tayberry, which is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry (after spotting it at the diggers store in the SA botanical gardens).

Now I'll be honest, it has yet to do anything significant, But it is still alive and has tripled in size, which in my opinion is a win, since when it arrived it was little more than a few inches of thorns and a few dead leaves.

And then at this years Garden PAX, we decided to expand again, and while we mulled the prospect of getting a traditional raspberry plant (Now that we we're full of gusto and confidence after the success of the Native version), we spotted a Boysenberry (one of my favourite flavours, I say flavour, because almost nothing that is "boysenberry" flavoured contacts actual boysenberry). Mr G convinced me that we should get it, so we brought it home and placed it in a big pot and off it went. It has gone form a Barerooted Sick to a massive bramble in the last 5 months and even manager to give a a single berry, which was enough to endear me to it for life.

Now I thought I have found the thorniest plant on earth when we go the native raspberry (which replaced the Yuzu and Kaffir lime for the thorniest title and require MR G to wear welding gloves when handling the thorny bracts), but the Boysenberry is simply vicious and has thorns EVERYWHERE, even on the backs of the leaves! But I would still keep it no matter what and it has a permanent place in our heart and garden now. 

And finally, 2 moths ago I bought a Loganberry on a whim (it was a $5 seedling) and at the time we were in the middle of the Spring/Summer planting glut, and space was at an absolute premium, so it's just got planked in  a pot and set aside (poor thing) and so as we wind down the summer garden, that will be the first item to find a new perminant home for. 

Now, how to find a way to grow currants in Brisbane???

♡T


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