Liv Fruitful with Livi Lou! She is currently breeding strawberries, developing a garden product, trialing plants and researching the history of heirloom fruit varieties. She writes about unique perennials and fruit plants, so that you can grow an ornamental fruit garden. www.livilougarden.com facebook.com/livilougarden https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEfLF3Zye2cQHVuDx2ebAg
 

 

Bushel & Berry: Baby Cakes
by Livi Lou - posted 02/19/17

Baby Cakes is a new dwarf blackberry variety from Bushel & Berry (formerly Brazelberries).  It is listed as being hardy to Zone 4 and its shape is described as rounded. Growing only 3-4ft in height, this dwarf blackberry bush should produce sweet, classic blackberry-flavored berries. 

Baby Cakes is a new release for Spring 2017.  In Spring 2016, I received a small starter plant to review. I planted it in a Smart Pot, which is a fabric container.

Keep an eye out for Baby Cakes at your local nursery, since it will probably be larger than the one I received.  However, it has grown nicely.  Below you can see when I first received the plant in the spring, and then what it looked like at the end of the summer.

 

 

I’ll continue to update you on my experience with Baby Cakes.  As I did with Raspberry Shortcake, I plan on making a Liv Fruitful video about Baby Cakes to show you the plant like as if you were standing beside it.

By the end of the Summer 2016, Baby Cakes developed a flower bud, but the season was too late for it to blossom.  I look forward to potentially tasting some berries this Summer (2017).  It is supposed to produce two crops (mid-summer & fall), depending on the climate.

 

 

I’ve brought Baby Cake into the garage for the winter.  In the photo below, you can see it is starting to show new growth.

 

 

I love when the plants come alive again in early spring! I’m eager to experience Baby Cakes and my other new Bushel & Berry variety called Perpetua, a double-cropping blueberry variety!

 

 

 

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Crimson Night Raspberry
by Livi Lou - posted 02/11/17

Like Double Gold, Crimson Night was bred by Dr. Courtney Weber at Cornell University.  Crimson Night has dark red raspberries.  The canes are red and the leaves are green with a purple tinge.  It is a fall-bearing variety that is described as delicious.

 

Last Spring (2016), I planted Crimson Night in an Earth Box like I did with Double Gold.  I was able to harvest a few berries in September (2016).

The berries are larger than Double Gold.  I think the flavor is similar to Bushel & Berry’s Raspberry Shortcake (formerly Brazelberries Raspberry Shortcake), which tastes like fruit punch.  However, the June berries from Raspberry Shortcake were bigger than Crimson Night’s berries.

Crimson Night is a beautiful colored plant and berry.  If you like the unique fruit-punch taste of Raspberry Shortcake, then Crimson Night would be a good follow up variety for the fall.  I’ll be reporting more about this variety in the Summer.

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Febru-BERRY: Bushel & Berry Brand
by Livi Lou - posted 02/05/17

February is the coldest month of the year, but just as it seems to become unbearable, Spring arrives.  To help you plan your berry garden, I like to review and update you about berry varieties in February.  I've nicknamed this month Febru-berry!

Last Febru-berry, I wrote about Double Gold and Brazelberries Raspberry Shortcake and Jelly Bean.  For this first post, I’d like to update you on the Brazelberries. 

Please note that Brazelberries has been re-branded as Bushel & Berry.  So when you see these varieties in the nursery this Spring, don’t be confused by the brand name change.  They’re still the same varieties.

As I mentioned in my video about Raspberry Shortcake, if the container is left outside all winter, the second year canes will not survive in our climate.  Under this circumstance, the first year canes should produce some berries in August.  However, if you bring the container into the garage for the winter, the second year canes will produce a great harvest in June.

This winter I left one of my Raspberry Shortcake plants outside and brought one into the garage.  I plan to get a harvest from each plant, but at different times: a June harvest and an August harvest.  I’ll let you know if this plan is successful.

Last Febru-berry, I wrote about Jelly Bean, the dwarf blueberry bush.  Initially, I have had some difficulties with it.  This winter, I decided to leave it outside.  I think part of my problem was that it did not get enough chill hours in the garage during Winter 2015 to produce buds and bloom in Spring 2016.

The below photo shows Jelly Bean a few weeks ago.  So far the buds seem to be forming nicely.

 

Keep an eye out for the next Febru-berry post about the Crimson Night raspberry!

 

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