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RWS

Blueberries 2018 season
« on: May 04, 2018, 08:48:08 PM »
The year started off rough with the cold and frost this spring.  Last year I lost half of my crop to frost.  This year I thought I had gotten by with a full crop.  As the berries are getting bigger, I can see brown spots on the outside end.  It looks to me like it is developing a rotten end.  I never have seen that before.  So all I can do is monitor.
While looking them over today I found some early ones ripe already.  My wife picked one as big as a dime, so she went to the house for a cup.  We barely got enough to fill the bottom of a coffee cup.  Anyway it is a start.  The funny thing is I have three of the bushes.  One got frosted and re-bloomed so it has green berries while the other two are ripening up.

Starlady

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2018, 09:13:07 AM »
My 9 small bushes I bought last year seem to have made it through the winter and 7 have berries on them.  Not a lot but at least they are alive.  Blueberries and figs are my nemesis - but at least one of the figs I thought was dead last fall is putting on new green!
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RWS

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 12:01:23 PM »
I have 3 early blue berry bushes.  One got the berries froze off and re bloomed.  It has little green berries on it now.  The other two are ripening up now.  I am not getting many, but they are large.

RWS

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2018, 01:41:44 PM »
Tropical storm Alberto just blew thru here 5-28-18.  I near about have to wade in water to get to the garden.  I noticed it is time to start picking the mid blueberry crop.  Now it will be 6 weeks of picking every day.  I need another freezer.

ChristianJ

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018, 04:51:02 PM »
I think I lost my 4 young bushes due to winter conditions / spring false starts and subsequent coldsnaps.
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RWS

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018, 05:29:41 PM »
I think I lost my 4 young bushes due to winter conditions / spring false starts and subsequent coldsnaps.
I got plenty and then some.  You are welcome to come pick.  It's a long way for you and you have animals to feed.  That's why I do not yet have animals.  I still want to travel some.  But you are welcome.

upacreek

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 04:06:04 PM »
I snuck 2 little bushes into my HOA - shhhhhh!  This is the first year the smaller one has produced anything.  It's a freaky variety though - all the berries are clustered on the tips of the branches.  I don't like the taste as much either.  The bigger one is considerably bigger (still only about 6 feet tall) and has produced about 2 cups a day for the last couple weeks or so.  I didn't get more of a handful any other year, but that was because the birds feasted on it.  Now I pick them a day or so before they're fully ripe.  I'm so glad they're ripe.  My father-in-law has a dozen bushes at his place in MA and I torture him every year with pictures 2 months before he gets his.  He got to enjoy them while he was here for my son's graduation.  Little jerk birds still fly in and take their share.  I can't cover them because the HOA might notice I can actually eat something on the property.  The horror!!!!
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RWS

Re: Blueberries 2018 season
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2021, 02:53:38 PM »
It is now last of July 21 and getting hot.  In preparation for August camping in the cooler mountains, the wife is grilling ribs and a half Boston butt.  Now what kind of barbecue sauce will we use?  You guessed it Blueberry  barbecue sauce since we have so many.

Cajun Seasoning blend OR your favorite rub
1 cup blueberries
1 small onion diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

While ribs are grilling:
     1. Saute onion in olive oil
     2.  When onion is translucent, add blueberries and continue cooking over medium heat, smashing blueberries as they begin to soften
     3.  Add remaining ingredients when blueberries are cooked through, and mostly smashed
     4.  Cook stirring until mixture begins to thicken
     5.  Remove from heat and puree

Brush sauce on ribs as they are finishing up.

 

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