A. Not very long at all at this rate.
We had to leave behind at our old house all our carefully nurtured brambles which produced a good deal of fat fruits that could be eaten raw or in cakes, pies and blackberry bread.
As yet we’ve not had the chance to do the same for our woodland brambles, and we have certainly picked a bad year for starting. What fruit we did manage to harvest was of dubious quality, ripeness, size and health (don’t worry, there is plenty more left for the wildlife as much of it is unreachable to us). The pips inside appear to have been whittled from mahogany, and all in all they aren’t worth eating unless you’re a Labrador*. All the same we managed enough for a small batch of seedless jam….
As it turns out, it was well worth the grazes and grimaces involved in harvesting them, because the jam is absolutely delicious and we may well have already dispatched a jar and a half, some of it by the method illustrated below.
*please note this description also applies to cardboard tubes, feathers, socks, stones and straw.