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Archive for December, 2008

Goats and blueberry branches

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 22, 2008

When pruning in the winter we like to share some of the blueberry prunings with the goats. They have ways to let you know that the buds and tender shoots are a favorite food.

bluebery branches - a goat favorite

blueberry branches - a goat favorite

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Frog rock

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 9, 2008

Ayden walked by with a rock in his hand. “It looks like frog” he exclaimed. It looked like a rock to me. With the help of his sister Tobia (age 14 and an artist) the rock was transformed into a frog.



For good measure Tobia has painted a Christmas greeting rock just for you! Merry Christmas.

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho

Fact check!! The real story is in the comment below! Sorry.

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Cleaning mason bee cocoons

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 2, 2008

Ayden (nine years old) has done a good job of cleaning the mason bee cocoons. The main thing is to get rid of all the pollen mites. We need to know how many cocoons we have but before counting we had everyone guess how many cocoons we had collected. All the guesses were too low but Tobia was closest with her guess of 600. The actual count was 770. We need to know the number of cocoons so we can put out the right number of nests next spring. Also we need to compare the number of cocoons with the results of pollination next summer. There are 1100 Bluecrop blueberry plants within 600 feet of the Mason bee nests and that is our target for improved pollination.

cleaned cocoons

cleaned cocoons

how many cocooons?

how many cocoons?

It’s always hard to get good pollination with the Bluecrop variety. The result is a lot of small immature fruit as illustrated in the following picture.

poor pollination

poor pollination

 The video advertised in the following link gives complete details on cleaning cocoons:

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Blueberry pectin

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 1, 2008

This is Jack. He is the world’s biggest blueberry smoothie fan. He is taking a picture of our blueberry pectin experiment. First we blended some defrosted blueberries and waited about 15 minutes for the blended fruit to jell. Jelling indicates the presence of pectin.



blended blueberries

blended blueberries

The tilted goblet shows how well the blended blueberries jelled.

jelled blueberries

jelled blueberries

Recent research has identified pectin as an effective agent in destroying cancer cells

Scientists at the University of Georgia in the US found when prostate cancer cells were exposed to pectin powder or heat-treated citrus pectin, up to 40 per cent died.

The cells were made to “commit suicide” through a natural process called apoptosis that halts the creation of tumours.

Other studies on rats and cell cultures suggest pectin also fights lung and colon cancers.


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