I had some friends visit my gardens last week. When we were inside sitting at the table she asked me about my blueberries. She said she had heard me mention that I put up enough blueberries to take me through the winter and she wondered where all the blueberry bushes were. She had counted 6 bushes.
Actually I have 8 – but the ones on either side of the row don’t like it (probably too much foot traffic on their roots) — and I don’t get many berries from them. But I leave them to possibly protect the others.
And the new bushes recently planted you can’t count yet because they’re too young.
I couldn’t help but smile when she asked me since I’ve heard this same question posed many times about various things I have and do.
The secret involved is to never underestimate the Power of a Little. (I feel most people do.)
Yes, in season my blueberry bushes are filled with berries but not filled with ripe berries. I pick every day. When I start picking in June I only get a cup and it builds to a quart or more each day and wanes again after about 6 weeks. I wouldn’t dare miss a day because then I would loose berries. It’s just the way it is.
I might not notice so much during harvest season when I’m eating all I want — but the final amount of packages in the freezer would be a lot less if I didn’t harvest as often as I do. Also I can’t bear the thought of missing out on the blueberry tarts each cup would make in the winter.
It’s the same with anything you grow. If you don’t harvest often — you won’t get much.
And if you don’t make the effort to put things up little but little — then you won’t have anything for winter. It’s not a question of not having the time; it’s more a question of timing and priorities. You would be just as amazed at what you can put up in a few minutes here and there — as you would be at what kind of production you can get from plants that are harvested daily — whether it’s tomatoes, cukes, beans, lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, greens, or peppers.
I strongly encourage you to never underestimate the Power of a Little — whether it’s your produce, your time, your money, or opportunities. There can be power in a little. It’s up to you.
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