Even though, technically, they are wild berries, and as such they should be shared, I had come to think of this secret place, as “mine”. Again, technically, not really mine as wild berries are, by definition, WILD and are likely not found in your backyard garden, but rather, tucked in the crevices where wilderness and civilization meet and neither have conceded the space. Or, more simply put, on someone else's land. So yeah, not really mine at all.
(Click here to see where "my" wild berries grow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emwGe0JMzi0&feature=channel&list=UL).
But when I saw this...
So, it looks like I'm sharing. And, really that's what it's all about. There are plenty of berries to go around and one of the things I love most about wild berry picking is the view along the way.
1. Bring gloves, bug spray and a basket with a handle. Also, a camera.
2. Look high and low-heavily loaded branches are weighted down and might end up on the ground hidden in the undergrowth.
3. Pick the ripest berries first. They are the first to fall and will be lost to the great abyss below if you start at one end and work your way down.
4. Leave room in your basket for the trip back. Lots of berries will be found on your second pass through from the other direction.
5. Be patient. Plan to return to your special place several times. Berries will ripen gradually over a period of weeks, so give them time. I usually will allow a few days in between pickings.
6. Be prepared to share! :)
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