[NAFEX] Saskatoons

Lee Reich garden at leereich.com
Tue May 22 05:01:08 EDT 2007

I've tried juneberries for years. At my particular site, which is  
lowlying with more humidity than the surrounding area, juneberries  
are a failure. In about 20 years of trying a half-dozen varieties,  
I've harvested perhaps a handful of fruits. Others get lost to a  
various insects and diseases. The best years for my plants and for  
wild plants in the mountains here have had very summers.

Still, I think juneberries are worth trying, to the extent that i did  
include a chapter about them in my book Uncommon Fruits for Every  
Garden. As I point out in my book, an ornamental planting only 5  
miles here bears abundant and regular crops of delectable berries  
(they are not sprayed at all). As I wrote in my book, the best  
juneberries are sweet and juicy with the richness of sweet cherry and  
a hint of almond aftertaste. Anyone who wants to know more about this  
fruit should check out the chapter in my book (which NAFEX library has).

I'm tempted to try Regent, which I've not grown yet.

Lee Reich, PhD
garden at leereich.com

Books by Lee Reich:
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year

On May 21, 2007, at 1:20 PM, Chex wrote:

> I really wish that I could find a copy of Richards book.  A few years
> back I had an email conversation with him.  So do you think that in a
> few years when the plants are bigger that it will turn around?  If I
> know that I just have to wait I can live with that.  I just don't want
> to keep investing time and space into something that is not suited to
> the environment.  When they sell the plants they portray them as being
> able to grow in many kinds of soil.   If I can find Richard's book it
> would give me a better Idea of how to amend the soil if that is what
> is needed.  Thanks for your response.
> Chris Rice
> P.S.  I just found his book in pdf form here:
> http://www.prairie-elements.ca/saskatoons.html
> I'm printing a copy of the book using Fedex Kinko's online:
> https://printonline.fedexkinkos.com
> Permission for non commercial copies is given on the website
> Dr. Richard St. Pierre:  http://pgrc3.agr.ca/staff/stpierre_e.html
> St-Pierre, R.G. 1997. Growing Saskatoons - A Manual For Orchardists.
> Fifth Edition. Department of Horticulture Science, University of
> Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. 338 pp.
> On 5/20/07, Richard MURPHY <murphman108 at msn.com> wrote:
>> Hello Rice Chex;
>> I have had a similar experience with Smoky Saskatoons both here in  
>> MA z6 and
>> in Maine z4.
>> Really young plants. A few berries, small and fell off.
>> I have 200 Northline seedlings out in my yard here in MA to plant  
>> next week.
>> I have read Dr. Richard St. Pierre's book.
>> As far as I know we aren't doing anything wrong, so I'm going to  
>> keep trying
>> and hope to find a cure, because I have tasted Saskatoon Jam. You  
>> can buy it
>> on the web from Canadian places. It's so good. That's what started my
>> interest.
>> I'm going to try some soil PH modification, and possibly some  
>> Boron. I'll
>> let you & the club know how that goes.
>> One interesting question is, "How many leaves does it take to make  
>> a berry
>> grow large?" Maybe we have teeny little bushes with a few  
>> blossoms, but the
>> ratio to the leaves is wrong.
>> Richard Murphy
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