We have several thickets of blackberry bushes around the property and get
enough blackberries for me to make wine and my wife to make pies and jelly.
Picking them in this wild, inter-twined state is a bit of a chore as anyone
who's picked blackberries knows. Plus a couple of thickets are way out back,
quite a walk from the home.
I have a lot of room near the main garden so I plan to transplant some
blackberry plants into nice rows with room to walk between them, making the
bushes accessible from either side. Sort of like the vineyard. I'll leave
most of the wild thickets as they are so that we can continue to get berries
until the "tamed" blackberries start to bear fruit.
I've read that they like acid soil and several websites recommended pruning
them to a short cane and transplanting at this time of year (late summer
here in Maryland) so that they'll start growing new canes during the fall.
Has anyone had experience with transplanting blackberries or setting up a
tame berry patch? Anything I should be sure to do or not to do?
We "espalier" our blackberries on wire and get a very nice crop. We
throw a net over them when they start to ripen but we do share a few
with the birds. Ours are the thornless type and they do not run. We
did a similar thing where we used to live and they kept coming up all
over the lawn, so we changed cultivars. I posted 5 different pics of
our blackberries (first year) so you can get an idea how we did them..
Our soil is improved lousy clay, but not acid. Blackberries don't seem
to mind wet feet as much as the raspberries which we had to move. They
transplanted well. My husband is thinking of putting in another row of
"fence" for the berries when he gets some time. I trim out some of the
older canes each year. They are far more filled in than they were in
2002, needless to say but these were the only pics I had readily
available. These were taken in the fall, probably late September or
Early October. Our first year garden in our present location.
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