The ever-growing collection of lesser-known species
I should send you a copy of my book Berries: A Global History — you definitely need to add a haskap to the menagerie!
Ha! Awesome! First, I love "arbitrary stupid goal". I think I have a lot of those. LOL! Second, this is how I feel about everything I plant...that I cannot get enough to make anything substantial. I took half of my basil plant to make pesto and it only made about a 1/4 cup. Sigh. I guess I will get another 1/4 cup from the second half? Ha!
When you start really producing berries, you can sell tickets to visit your library! xo
Sea buckthorn! Great post.
I found your substack via Superabundant. I love the name; because I have always felt that way about place. I try to give back to my places (San Mateo in California and now Portland) by planting native plants.
I had a huckleberry, forest strawberry, and an elderberry in San Mateo and now in Portland I tried to grow a native oval leaved blueberry, which is related to the huckleberry and is an ethereal forest dweller up on Marquam Hill. Sadly the heat killed it and the source (Native Foods Nursery in Dexter) is having trouble with their crop. One more not so rare native berry is the thimble berry, like a raspberry only better also found everywhere in the Marquam Nature Preserve. I would recommend both if you have room in your berry patch.
Wow that's a lot of berries!! Years ago when I moved to Picabo, Idaho (in the Wood River Valley), I planted blueberries. My mother-in-law (4th generation in the area) said they wouldn't survive but I was determined. I regularly measured the acidity of the soil, added coffee grounds, pine needles, etc and... sure enough, after two years the bushes were gone. Just too brutally cold.
I admire your curiosity and determination!