January 25, 2017

Pruning Berry Bushes at the Farm

Pruning chores continue at my Bedford, New York farm.

I love growing berries and have been growing them for many years. I currently have large patches of red raspberries, golden raspberries, black raspberries, gooseberries, and currants. Many berries are best eaten raw, but they can be used in a variety of ways - as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies and tarts, and delicious summer juices. For the best yields from these plants, it's crucial that berry bushes be pruned properly and regularly. Pruning produces larger berries in greater volumes - it also helps to control diseases that might otherwise spread through the berry patches.

Ryan, Wilmer and Chhewang took on the task of pruning the berries over the last several weeks. Here are some photos - enjoy.