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Re: Plants for community garden

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Plants for community garden
  • From: "Deborah Mills" deborah@greencure.org
  • Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 18:09:02 -0700

I found out from our local farm advisor that in Ventura California the growers are planting the raspberries like annuals so they come to them already pre-chilled. In the summer months they use a huge floating row covers to raise the temperature a bit since we are on the coast.
One berry that seems to need low chill hours and is treated like a perennial is the variety Autumn Beauty, which is suppose to big and sweet!
Deborah Mills
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 5:36 AM
Subject: Re: [cg] Plants for community garden

Well, I'd be unsurprised to learn that there were varieties that produce in such a climate. Still, to my mouth, the ones that get a good winter produce sweeter berries! ;-) Bear Lake raspberries (the Wasatch Valley I mentioned) are unbelievably good. Big, juicy, sweet with enough tart in 'em to balance them out!


deborah@greencure.org wrote on 9/30/2002
We live in Ventura California where we have very mild winters and recently many of our strawberry growers have started growing raspberries instead. I will do a little research to see what varieties they are growing.
Deborah Mills
Green Cure, Inc.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2002 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [cg] Plants for community garden

While you can grow strawberries in such a mild climate and still get fruit, I am unaware of any varieties of raspberries that can be grown, and produce fruit, without a good cold season. Raspberries are my favorite fruit and the very best ones I've ever had come from a valley in the Wasatch Mountains. Altitude is about 6000 feet, winters are *very* cold and they get heavy snow fall. Second best raspberries I've ever had come from here in Minnesota in the US. It can get extremely cold here in the winter - and the raspberries do just grand. Black raspberries don't like it quite as cold, but I think that even they require a cold dormant season.

You should be able to grow the strawberries, but with less sun, they'll produce less fruit. On the other hand, I once had an extremely productive balcony garden that only had sunlight until about 2 in the afternoon. I did very well with peppers and tomatoes and many flowers and herbs. Produced more than I could eat and I ended up freezing and enjoying a great deal of produce in the winter!

Have you kept an eye on local breeders? Here in Minnesota, we get a lot of really great plant varieties bred for local conditions by the University of Minnesota's Landscape Aboretum.


tamsin@sparecreative.com wrote on 9/28/2002
Comfrey, what a wonderful plant! I will be sure to try some comfrey
medicine. Comfrey will be the next plant to go in I hope. We are planning to
add a small article about comfrey in our next garden newsletter and that is
a great tip, thanks!

Do you think strawberries and rasberries would cope with only morning sun,
even though the weather would be quite warm (LA-type climate)?

Thanks for the advice and info,

Happy Gardening,

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