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Friday, July 9, 2010

About $3.49


I Love Raspberries

During most of the year I purchase frozen ones and eat them with my Cheerios or Oatmeal.


Mr. Brown Socks and I decided to grow some of our own and our plants are now three years old and finally producing.  When we picked our first beautiful berries I was a little disappointed in the quantity.





Then I realized how pricey these little beauties are in the grocery store.  Looking at the ads it seems they normally run about $3.49 for those ity bitty containers…maybe a half pint.


If the growers have to put up with what we do, then I understand why raspberries are so pricey.  We have an invasion of Japanese Beetles.  Not wanting to use chemicals, I googled and found an easy way to get rid of these pests is to take a bucket of soapy water and brush them off the plants and let them drop into the mixture.  Yep!  Instant death.  Mr. Brown Socks and I go out each evening to perform our tasks.











For a few short weeks, I will enjoy fresh raspberries on a variety of cereals.





Taking a little tour out back, you will see other things growing nicely now that we are in to July.  For the first time ever we are growing sweet corn.  It should be ready in a week or two.












Tomato plants in front of corn



I do believe we will be picking our first cucumbers by the weekend!  Love ‘em but my counter will be FULL of them in a couple of weeks.



Don’t you love my new hooks?  I enjoy looking at my geraniums from a hanging position.











Last of all, here is a picture of a potted plant on the shady part of my patio.  Normally I plant caladiums here but found this elephant ear for a change.


Impatients, a tiny fern, flat leaf parsley and coleus fill out the bottom of the pot.



Today I am playing along with Tootsie Time and her Flaunt Your Flowers meme.


Flaunt your Flowers


It’s amazing to see what other people are growing all over creation!  Go take a look for yourself!


Thanks for stopping by.  I always appreciate your visit.




Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Things are looking so good and green at your place! I love raspberries too and my mouth is watering at this moment! ;)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marlis said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I love your blog! your patio is amazing. My back patio is all in the shade so I've had to find shade plants (not an easy feat in west texas!!) Elephant ears.. great idea and they will grow in the house, I had one once upon a time. I love raspberries!!

Deanna said...

Dear Donna, You have a lovely garden!!! Raspberries yum.

I have never tried to grew these and I think you are a hero for growing them. They look delicious.

God bless,

siteseer said...

wow, you own raspberries. We have wild berries, but we only get enough to make a tart sized pie :) all your other veggies and plants look great. I love they way you planted at the base of the tall plants.

Greenearth said...

Love those raspberries. Nothing nicer than freshly picked raspberries. You have inspired me to look around for a raspberry bush.

Enjoyed your post and would welcome you to be part of my new meme We Can Wednesday starting this week.

Maureen said...

Your corn looks great. Don't you just love experimenting!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Donna! Wonderful garden! Now I understand why those berries are so expensive! Your cukes remind me of the first time I planted them...4 hills of them...yep! 16 plants! I was up to my eyeballs in them! I pickled them in every possible form and took so many to the neighbors that they began to pull down the shades and refuse to open the door when they saw me coming! lol Such fun! Enjoy yor garden!...hugs...Debbie

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

For a silk flower gal, you sure have a nice looking garden! Thanks for visiting my blog site ... and thanks for making silk flowers ok! Enjoyed your postings!

Tootsie said...

I would love to walk around with a handful of those berries and check out your garden in person!!! Great post today...thanks for linking in!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Your raspberries look delicious. I am so jealous you have those and tomatoes and cucs too. Every year, I say I am going to do a small garden and time gets away from me. Glad to see you have followed through.