Blackberries

Back in winter I put in five new thornless blackberry plants. They were planted on a hugelkultur mound, on contour, and eventually I will dig a swale to hold water on the upslope side of the mound.

They were just bare sticks with labels on and I didn’t expect anything to happen this year:

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But to my surprise they flowered:

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And are now setting fruit:

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I’ve staked either end of the row, but I still need to put up wires to contain the growth and something over the top to support a net. Meanwhile, I’m not going to risk losing these to the birds, so I’m using the little apple pouches I bought from Green Harvest. These are little nylon sockettes that just slip over individual fruits or small bunches of fruit and stretch and expand as the fruit grows:

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Here’s hoping it works. Can’t wait to taste these!

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8 Responses to “Blackberries”

  1. Chris Says:

    Wonderful. Don’t know about the thornless variety, but regular blackberries are very hardy. 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      If only they didn’t have thorns! Then they’d be more acceptable to people and they’d never spread like they do, because they’d all get eaten. Evolution knew what it was about when it produced the blackberry!

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  2. narf77 Says:

    Good luck with them Bev. Everything is incredibly dry here at the moment. My berries were predominately eaten by rats. Time to do a bit of poisoning methinks.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      We just had 10 mm rain. Pepped things up a bit but we desperately need more. I got rid of 6 rats with poison and the chooks killed a seventh. Having the dogs makes it so hard for you to do anything about poisoning. Have you tried trapping? I mixed the poison with peanut butter…they love it. Inside a trap it might work and the dogs would be safe.

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      • narf77 Says:

        Steve is going to pick up some rat traps and a BIG jar of peanut butter today. I saw 2 of the fattest rats I have ever seen scuttling around inside Sanctuary in the middle of the day! I was watering the raspberries and the buggers didn’t like getting wet :(. Another hazard of gardening but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger (or at least smarter and more aware)! Cheers for the excellent advice and we will let you know if the trap works. On a side note, I went to a local permie garden yesterday and it was AMAZING so I am going to do my next blog post about it. Awesome man and wife combo and old school practical gardening.

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  3. kmfinigan Says:

    I lost so much of my fruit to the birds in my first few years that now I too am paranoid about netting! I put up a more permanent structure (having tried EVERYTHING else) and Im using it for apples, berries, even my broccoli, because its so easy and its working so well! Learn more about it here – http://bit.ly/15RcdOK

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