Our soft fruit harvests have been variable year-on-year, but this year we are having a good crop of raspberries.
The strawberries and gooseberries are ripe in late Spring. The first year we got a fabulous crop, with even more smaller crops of strawberries later on, around August/September. We also got a good blackcurrant crop.
The year after, the strawberry harvest was pathetic, as was the gooseberry crop but we got good blackcurrants. It took me a while to work out the problem with the strawberries and gooseberries, but what was happening was the blackbirds were eating them. At this time I planted the raspberries.
This year, the birds discovered the blackcurrants as well, so I have complete crop failure on three fronts. I can see that some serious netting is going to be needed.
However, now is the time for the raspberries, and we have a good number this year, plenty to fill a few bowls, add some cream, and make a nice healthy, high fat dessert. I think the blackbirds must have gone elsewhere.