By Jocelyn Turner
[Amherst, NS] â Blueberry growers may be begging for rain to help out with their crops, but raspberry growers (in Amherst, Nova Scotia) are picking their berries (July 23) already. The warm, dry weather has not affected the fruit. In fact, raspberry growers say their berries came two weeks early.
© (Photo: Jocelyn Turner/Amherst Daily News)
Dayle Wilson shows off her raspberries of the year at Friday's Farmer's Market in Amherst, Nova Scotia.
âI was astounded by how many berries there were after the rain,â said grower Debbie Lawless. âI didnât think that we would have very many.â
Lawless said her berries managed to survive the dry heat. But she said there were other factors that caused for concern.
âThe blossoms, I felt, werenât as many as there should have been and I donât think they were fertilized as well as they should have been,â she said. âI think the bees were a little slower this year.â
Dayle Wilson has been growing raspberries to sell at the Amherst Farmerâs Market for almost five years. She said her crop has been good this year, but sheâs made sure to water her berries.
âWe have blackberries too and Iâve noticed that the upper branches are not as big as the branches down below where they got more shade,â she said. âBut mine were two weeks early. Everything seems early.â
Lawless said raspberries are easier to care for. She said berries like strawberries and blueberries need more attention.
âRaspberries grow up nicely,â she said. âFor some reason, for us, strawberries seem to be a little bit harder to grow on their own. Itâs harder to keep the weeds down (we donât use chemicals). But raspberries, you can leave them a little bit on their own.â
Lawless said sheâs noticed that raspberries are able to grow and ripen with less water than other berries.
âThe berries are much smaller, that are not going to be big and plump like a strawberry,â she said. âRaspberries seem to be more of a survivor but their season will run quicker when thereâs not enough rain. But we do need more rain. Our garden is very dry.â
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