Not looking like a good harvest this year

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Lucina
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by Lucina » 08 Nov 2012, 18:50

Has anyone mentioned that the lack of bees might be part of the poor harvest problem this year? I've seen very few bees this summer and I know beekeepers in our village have lost many bees and have produced little or no honey. (I'm in Fife.) Or is blackthorn wind pollinated??

Col
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by Col » 08 Nov 2012, 19:13

Lucina wrote:Has anyone mentioned that the lack of bees might be part of the poor harvest problem this year? I've seen very few bees this summer and I know beekeepers in our village have lost many bees and have produced little or no honey. (I'm in Fife.) Or is blackthorn wind pollinated??
Just going by what little I remember of zoology 1.1.1 (from the 1970s), if the flowers are white, they attract flies to pollinate them. Bees see yellows and purples and violets, and so bee-pollinated flowers - like clover, buttercups etc, tend to be those colours.

I am blaming the weather!

Col

3Musketeers
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by 3Musketeers » 11 Nov 2012, 18:10

Bad harvest is definately due to the fact that the weather was bad at the time of pollination and there were simply no insects around to do the job.

Let's hope next year is better as in my search this year I have found lots of bushes - obviously with no fruit this year - but next year - well who knows I might need to buy a seperate sloe only freezer.

:D :D :D :D

nidgelowe
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by nidgelowe » 12 Nov 2012, 08:23

Went picking yesteday in Norfolk picked 3lb in about 15 minutes,sloes do not seem to be affected here.

Ricco
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by Ricco » 17 Nov 2012, 11:21

Wish I could find some near Cardiff :|

Early Bird
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Location: Molesey, Surrey

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by Early Bird » 15 Apr 2013, 09:11

Moonich they are indeed over the other side across from the car park. There is a path that runs past the football pitches and there are a couple of trees there as well as one damson/bullace? tree. The best sloe patch is through the trees onto another path that runs parallel. A good tip about the road to the leisure center though, I must check it out for blossom.

freon warrior
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by freon warrior » 07 Sep 2013, 11:31

Here in Sandhurst it is looking quite poor this year.

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banherb2000
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by banherb2000 » 16 Sep 2013, 11:46

Slightly odd this year! My normal places are somewhat sparse but there are large quantities of ready-now sloes at other places which, historically, have been pretty poor :? Picked 3 kilos in 45 mins over weekend - all very strange!

spammeplease
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Location: Stroud, UK

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by spammeplease » 21 Sep 2013, 12:22

I refer you to my previous answer this time last year..
spammeplease wrote:In my limited experience:

- Some bushes never have any sloes;
- Some bushes nearly always have sloes;
- Some bushes inexplicably have loads of sloes one year;
- Some bushes inexplicably have no sloes one year;
- Some bushes pretend that they won't have any all summer, but then do by late September.
That said, last year I ended up picking nearly all of my harvest from one location which has never let me down, and this year there are hardly any there. I may even have to walk an extra 100 yards to the other side of the field. :roll:

The damsons are good, though. Just making up a couple of batches now.

ibbmeister
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Location: scottish borders

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by ibbmeister » 26 Sep 2013, 14:37

Well i went out and about up in the Scottish Borders and all my usual picking places are barren of all but one small green sloe :( Also a lot of the bushes seem to be dead,no leaves at all and worse still most of the others seem to be in the grip of some parasitic or fungal attack......it is strange though that near by elderberry,rosehip and various other bushes (even in the same hedgerow) seem unaffected??? has anyone else come across this????

Col
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by Col » 26 Sep 2013, 19:55

ibbmeister wrote:Well i went out and about up in the Scottish Borders and all my usual picking places are barren of all but one small green sloe :( Also a lot of the bushes seem to be dead,no leaves at all and worse still most of the others seem to be in the grip of some parasitic or fungal attack......it is strange though that near by elderberry,rosehip and various other bushes (even in the same hedgerow) seem unaffected??? has anyone else come across this????
This is not good news. I have not been out yet, but my picking spots are all in the Scottish borders! I will let you know what I find when I get down there.

Col

freon warrior
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by freon warrior » 27 Sep 2013, 16:56

A friend has a farm in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, found this one bush!

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OBG
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by OBG » 27 Sep 2013, 20:24

Freon warrior,

Is the picture you posted a bullace bush/tree? I know these pictures always create debate. I have a tree very similar near to me, the fruits are larger than traditional sloes, but the larger fruits are still astringent like sloes and not sweet like damsons.

freon warrior
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Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by freon warrior » 29 Sep 2013, 21:50

I am convinced it is Blackthorn, I have a closeup which has a large thorn! Will post it up.

Here you go.

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penguinbrau
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Location: Coventry

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Post by penguinbrau » 30 Sep 2013, 12:04

I've not been to my usual sloe picking area yet but the damson trees in the nearby fields are completely bare! Not a good sign if this is repeated by the blackthorn. This is slightly compensated by the abundance of blackberries in the alleyway behind our house.

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