Goji and Wonderberries
Thought I'd start a fresh post for this one in case anyone else is interested.
Goji berries are growing easy for me starting inside now. They are a perennial shrub that are even being cultivated in Saskatchewan. I'm putting a link to a grower site I found just for information on the plant. I will not have berries until the 3rd year. From what I've found on the net growers keep them cut down to 4 feet for picking the berries. I've also seen where some gardeners grow them like an espalier along wire. The grow kinda like a tree with vines. The first year I expect to have them looking like twigs, the second year more of the same and the third year a little bushier and starting to get taller....not sure unless someone else growing them wants to add their experience here. I'm growing mine from seed.
Here's where I purchased both wonderberry and goji berries (copy and paste into your browser)
Wonderberry is an annual that should be started now indoors. It produces a prolific crop of dark blue berries that are baked to use in jams, pies, pastries etc. This is my first year growing them and tasting them. I've never seen them commercially. I've read various opinions on their taste from being bland to good. My thoughts are blueberries are expensive - I'm looking for more berries to freeze on cookie sheets and then ziplock baggies for next winter. The taste would be a direct result of the soil and care they receive. This year I am upgrading all of my veggie soil with compost and cow manure.
I plan to save seeds when harvesting from each plant for variety. Basically when ripe I'll be squishing the seeds onto newspaper and picking out the seeds to dry on a paper towel.
Of course I am planning to fence in my berry bushes away from critters and birds using a firm wooden frame system and wire mesh.
A friend of mine tried buying dried goji berries to get seed from them but they were not successful at germinating them.
I can say that the source I purchased the seed from were extremely generous with the volume of seed - enough for trading if interested. I've shared my seeds.
I hope this answers some of your questions Marg. We're going to 17C this coming week so happy spring everyone!
Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Goji Berries in Saskatchewan