I love to grow all sorts of fruit & berries. Blackberries are one of my favorite as they are so easy to grow. Don't think I have ever seen my plants this full.
Yes, wild blackberries grow everywhere around here... as do muscadines. However the wild ones are nowhere near as sweet or as large as the cultivated varieties. Wild blackberries also have a fraction of the berries per plant. Plus the wild blackberries have thorns.In WA state, they are an invasive species...I do my best to cut back the billions of plants we have
My wife does a B&B jam. Half blueberry and half blackberry. My favorite however is peach jam.My all time favorite is blackberry jam. I planted a new patch of blackberries last year so it will be another year or two before i get a decent harvest. My old patch stopped producing berries. The local ag extension guy told me sometimes they get a virus and stop production. I ripped em out and planted the new patch far away from the old spot. I do have mature blueberries and red raspberries.
Arkansas variety?Oh, and by the way... these are thornless!
Yep, ones developed by the Univ. Arkansas... Apache & Ouachita. These are in my garden and are well taken care of. They are on drip irrigation and I fertilize regularly. There are 4 trellis wires providing support. But it shows how much you can get when they are properly cared for. Years ago, I had these down in the orchard, where my muscadines are now. They also were on drip irrigation but I didn't care for them as often and they did much worse with all sorts of weeds in amongst the plants. As thick as they are now, weeds don't stand a chance.Arkansas variety?
That's an amazing bounty y'all have there! I may plant some along a perimeter fence next season. I put a single bush inside the yard and it never really grew or produced. The few berries that did fill out got poached before they darkened. I dug it up and tossed it.
In better news, my overplanted humble little 4X8 is doing nicely so far. In my mind I've settled on securing a 30x50 area with an 8' fence to keep Bambi and his buddies out. Maybe in time for this Fall but most likely over Winter to get it all 'just so' for 2021! I recently watched the Back to Eden documentary and I'm intrigued and inspired.
Please send any unwanted brandy to SteveKozak C/O Deep Hidden Bunker, SE of You, USA......In WA state, they are an invasive species...I do my best to cut back the billions of plants we have
We still gather large crops and have yet to taste my wife's homemade blackberry brandy from last year.
We also have late July/early August picking parties where co-workers/friends come and pick as much as they want. Doesn't make much of a dent!
We've made jam, syrup,...they are truly annoying here as they will take over any space!! It's one of my ongoing projects to keep space clear.
You can look up the guy who created the invasive species in WA state. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/29/491797791/the-strange-twisted-story-behind-seattles-blackberries
Nah. We make jams & jellies plus freeze them for cobbler throughout the year. Matter of fact, last night my wife made a peach cobbler.You going to make some wine? That is a good wine-crop right there!!