In SE Alaska this year the berries did not ripen

“We always go out to fill our annual supply of blue berries, huckleberry berries, salmon berries, currents, low bush and high bush cranberries,” says reader from Alaska.

This year we were only able to find a few leaving us to rely on what we were able to pick last year.

“The bears are going to have a tough time at it due to no berries. They have been coming into town looking for food more than usual.

Also the birds are not able to find berries that they rely on. We are seeing unusual bird activity here with multiple species swarming together looking for food.

“Just food for thought, when you find something that is plentiful you had better stock up.”

– Gordon

23 thoughts on “In SE Alaska this year the berries did not ripen”

  1. I live “way down yonder in New Orleans”. I also had the same problem with other plants I normally grow every year(tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.). The problem I can see is the weather gets stuck in place where you either get to much rain or none. Droughts, floods,and the extremes are now the norm. All of this started with the low solar activity we read so much about on robert,s site. Thank you robert for enlighten me to what is really causing the issues we are now seeing, not global warming.

  2. I suspect that is true along the entire coast line down to California. Long cold spring, with a short growing season.

  3. —I live in southern England and I have never known the berries in the hedgerows or the fruit trees ripen so early and be so heavy with fruit. I have a horrible feeling that nature is letting us know (and the birds) know something — like hey, guys! it’s going to be a tough winter so save as much as you can!

  4. here in the uk. all our allotment vegetable plants have decided that autumn is here and have ceased to grow, its about a month early. it is unseasonally cold and very windy for early september. bedding plants have also decided that their time is up.

  5. Here in Denmark it has been unusually cold, wet and damp. Normally we can grow tomatoes fine outside, but this year they just rotted on the plants due to the cold and the wet as did many of the rose flowers before they came to bloom.
    We also have an alarming amount of berries here which does give the eerie feeling nature is telling us to stock up for the winter…

  6. Just picked Blueberries along the edge by Lake Superior in Wisconsin this last Saturday. Have been waiting for 1 1/2 months for them to ripen. We normally pick in mid-July. Real cool spring set them back although the berries further in land were only off by a week or so and were ready in July.

  7. I live on the South coast of England and for the last few days we’ve had gales which have devastated gardens all around. Our near-by Life Boat Station has recorded many gusts in excess of 55 knots (60+mph!). My apple trees have been stripped of all fruit and most leaves.
    I’ve noticed that the local wild-life (birds, hedgehogs, squirrels etc.) have been feeding voraciously; the squirrels have ripped apart the plastic tubes of the bird-feeders and in the evenings I watch as many as four hedgehogs feeding at the same saucer of cat food without fighting or even grunting at each other.
    Inland a little, a shepherd who runs only Southdown sheep, has brought his flocks down of the Downs (you have to be English to understand that. Downs are uplands!)early this year, as he has done for the last three years. He reckons that this coming Winter is going to be “a right cold bugger”.
    The swifts, swallows and martins seem to have all gone and skeins of geese have been seen flying south.
    Looks like Nature is forecasting a Winter to remember!

  8. Twenty years ago…before I knew Robert Felix….I left my dental practice and headed for the foothills of the great smokey mtns….because we were pretty well convinced that we were due a cold spell like ‘the little iceage’….a Maunder or more likely a Dalton minimum, starting somewhere around the end of the first decade….2010. We planted nearly 2000 apple trees and started a commercial orchard. It is normal to have a 25% crop loss every 5 years. During the last 5 years we have had two (2) complete losses and 40-50% loss two other years….all due to weather extremes. In 2007 we had 16 degrees, for four nights, starting April 12. There in no record of this kind of cold since records have been kept….since the 1880’s….We are convinced!….and we and all our friends are preparing. Some ridicule us….but we don’t feel foolish at all….God help us all!

  9. Hi Robert, I check your site a few times a week and the closer we get to fall the more interesting both the articles and the comments become. Thank you for keeping us all informed, forewarned is most assuredly forearmed. Bravo!!!

  10. My poplar tree in southern california was about a month late bloom leafs this spring. The paperwasps that used to live in the house eves are gone. They used to be a everywhere. The landscape is more drab this year. So something is happening

  11. I live 25 miles North of San Francisco. We had a very cool spring. Plants were very slow this year especially tomatoes.We had a very cold winter as well as a cool summer. My Blueberries were about 5 weeks late. Our tomatoes are now responding to a warmer weather pattern the last couple of weeks. It looks like fall is here, just when we should have some more summer weather. When others lament about global warming, I always tell them, “its that pesky ice age coming”.

  12. Here in Maine it was the warmest July on record. We own a blueberry farm and had our smallest harvest ever as the berries shriveled in the heat.

  13. hmm? in lower east aus last year, Tomatos should go out in oct for fruit round Dec(our summer:-) a lot of people got No home grown tomatos this year. odd thing a self seeder grew in Dec, it wasnt that hot either all summer, hardly hit 40C, its still alive over our Winter, but then we only had about 10 mild frosts too.
    maybe 10foggy mornings, if that.All curcubits,melons were dud,didnt get past third leaves for most.swedes bolted, parsnips were all top no bottom. we will be screaming for short season grains real soon.
    Remember while we can source food elsewhere and the berries are a luxury to wildpick. every scrap you take, would be feeding the critters that have to cope with winter without central heating, or eat to be able to flee and survive, ie migrating.

  14. having my own growing problems too, not enough sunshine in the UK this year. autumn is clearly here brown leaves blowing all over. i need an indian summer or my grow is screwed!

    • Well it is true that south central Alaska is having problems with the moth, I live in Southeast Alaska and our problem is with the weather. It has affected all our berry crops. They are not being eaten by moths here,they are just not ripening.

  15. I live in Roy Washington and it was a cool summer. As the saying goes in gardening the corn needs to be knee high by the fourth of July. Our corn was only 6 inches tall. Well then the sun came out and the corn is now 9.5ft tall. This week we started having corn for dinner……simply amazing.

  16. Ollalla Berries are a disaster this year in Nor Cal. Granted, we had an excellent albeit very, very late flowering and subsequent pollenation. However the combination of the lateness and generally cool summer meant that by the time the berries were ripening, the sun angle was already too low, and uneven ripening set in. I have lots and lots of berries that are near rotten at the tips and barely ripe at the stems. If I were actually doing this as my main source of income I would be done for.

  17. Well, I still question another minimum. Here in southeast Texas, we have baked under the hottest summer on record since records began back in 1895. Triple digit heat every day in August except for August 25th, the one day that month we finally saw some rain. Haven’t had measurable rain since February. My front yard is dead. I have three doors that don’t close any more due to shifting ground. Along the freeway, most of the trees are either dead or dying from the heat and lack on rain and now I read that we are entering another La Nina and more dry weather. The sun if functioning quite well, thank you…

  18. Mid Central USA real wet spring, garden plants late getting set. Wild foods either produced early or not at all. Swamp Dewberry just bloomed this week usually it has fruited by the end of July. No wild nuts this year, what trees have set nuts contain no nut meats. Persimmons are ripening on the tree which I’ve never seen, they need a hard frost and we’ve yet to have one. Temperature spikes from 55 to 98 in 24 hour time frames.
    No blackberries in spite of nice blooms, bell-hot peppers withered in place, the fall curbitae did well but not the early summer ones, pumpkins, cushaw and butternuts in excess which is fine as they store without processing… nature is telling us something.
    Birds of all sorts braving human and animals for seeds, berries even ones that normally they wouldn’t eat. Possums had thick fat even in the summer which is also not heard of. The small wild animals are getting brave or desperate not sure which. Opting to cross a dog’s path just to steal Pokeberries.

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