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  • From: John S <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] blueberries, kiwis, grapes, deer
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 15:33:47 -0700 (PDT)

Melissa,  I was going to say and Lon's chart reference suggests this as well, that you plant varieties that will give you fruit all summer.
I really like Duke.  Elliott is not my favoritie tasting blueberry, but it crops for me right up until frost, which makes it very worthwhile.  Then there's Chandler...
In some ways, you asked an easy question.  I don't think I've met a reasonably ripe blueberry I didn't like!
Trellis instructions for kiwi are all over the net.  You should not have much trouble finding them, as well as pruning instructions.  I think pruning helps promote flowering.

Melissa Kacalanos <> wrote:
My husband and I finally bought a place with room to
plant fruit, and now we're hoping we have time to get
a few plants in the ground this year. I know it's kind
of late, though. I have some questions:

What are the best (meaning tastiest, while still
fairly high-yielding and trouble free) blueberries?
When I look up varieties, all the descriptions sound
pretty much the same, except for the obvious
differences between the little wild ones and the big
cultivated ones.

We'd like to plant hardy kiwi vines ASAP, since they
apparently take years to get old enough to fruit. Do
deer eat the vines? In that case, we shouldn't plant
them until after the deer fence goes up. Also, any
recommendations for how to build a trellis for them? I
understand that they need a lot of support, but what
does that mean exactly in terms of materials and

I had an idea to make our deer fence less ugly by
growing vines on it, for example, kiwis and grapes,
but this would only work if the deer don't eat them.

Any advice would be appreciated.

zone 5, Ithaca, NY

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