Off the Bush
Last year, my sister gave me three blueberry bushes for my birthday. I planted, watered, fertilized and covered with bird netting. The bushes bloomed and the fruit formed, and as soon the berries were almost ready to pick, the squirrels reached in through the netting and ate them! I got a total of four blueberries. I don't mind sharing, but I felt I should have at least gotten an equal amount.
This year, my friend built a an arched canopy to hold the netting and I anchored it at the bottom. In this little tent, the berries have ripened. Yesterday, I stood in the yard and ate a handful for breakfast. And tonight, I picked a cup before the rain started and made a little galette for my supper.
On the Plate