Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Why are my blackberries not getting ripe?

A friend told me this story tonight, and I figured I'd post it here to help blackberry-less internet wanderers.

My friend's blackberry bushes seemed to be on track for a banner year. Tons of blossoms. Scads of little berries forming. But never any ripe fruit.

What was going on? She searched the internet high and low, finding no likely answers. She became increasingly frustrated. Why were her #$%^&*@ blackberries not getting ripe?! It didn't make sense.

Then she found the answer by accident, when she arrived home in time to catch her husband lurking near the garden. He was eating all the ripe berries directly off the vine, and had been doing so for the last two weeks.

"That answer wasn't on the internet," she said.

Now it is.


countrypeapie said...


robin andrea said...

Ya gotta watch 'em all the time. Not the berries, the husbands.

Floridacracker said...

That is so funny!
My blueberry crop has the same affliction.

My verification word is picemen ... I kid you not!

Picky men seems to be the issue here.

Dirt Princess said...

I have seen that happen with Satsumas as well

Anonymous said...

My husband gets the high hanging berries in the blackberry thicket while our 2 english shepherds enjoy the low hanging berries! We always know when the berries are at that perfect sweet-yet-firm-perfect-for-picking stage because the dogs carefully eat them straight off the thicket. My favorite time of year by far!

lisa said...

LOL! I was going to suggest birds, but it was HER bird! :)

Diane N said...

Thanks for the laugh!

Rurality said...

Ya just never know what kind of critter is going to be eating your blackberries, I guess. (English shepherds is a new one on me though!)