Where did all my raspberries go?

raspberries_post_coverThis is a story about a mysterious death of the bulk of my fruit-bearing raspberries… It is a short story, as I do not have a good understanding of what happened, but here it is nonetheless.

My wild raspberries were doing great in their large containers up until a couple weeks ago. Here is a picture of Anna the tiny gardener with yours truly, which also shows the lush green raspberry plants behind my back. Those branches were full of ripening berries, too!

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Photo credit: Marina Balycheva (MBphotoworks.com)

Then, 2-3 weeks ago, the plants started to wilt. This coincided with a heat wave, so I did not think much of it, just watered hard… Yet, the branches were still dying off.img_2881

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Fortunately, parts of the plant are still doing quite well.img_2882

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The only explanation I have so far is bleach fumes. A week or so before the plants started to wilt, a squirrel died on my balcony… Of course, it crawled into a far-to-see-or-reach location between the two raspberry planters, so by the time I discovered it (smell gave it away), it was pretty gross. Since I did not know why the squirrel died, I decided to take precautions and cleaned the area with 10% bleach. I did rinse it off afterwards, but maybe the fumes got into the planters and, combined with the heat, killed off the plants…

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The poor squirrel started hanging out on my balcony a few days before it passed away. At first I thought it was just badly dehydrated (heatwave), and it definitely appreciated the shady corner and the water I put out. Sadly, though, it was not enough to save the poor beast.

As I said, there is no solid proof that it really was bleach that killed the raspberries, but that’s the only theory I have…

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Where did all my raspberries go?

  1. Pingback: Lessons from the balcony: mid-summer – The Fire Escape Garden

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