My daughter (age 6) asked that as we trimmed the wild raspberries back (yet
I find sources on line that say no or poorly. I'd try the experiment with
her, but she's a little young for a multiple year experiment. And previous
trimmings are not easily accessible - I've been taking them to the dump to
keep them out of my compost piles.
I have blackberries and before I prune them I drag a Scotch pad, those
green scruffy pads for pots and non-stick surfaces, up and down the
stems to open the thorns (so to speak). It helps give the bacteria
and fungi a place to enter and they decompose MUCH faster this way.
Otherwise, they will decompose eventually, but it takes a very long
time and if you reach into the pile you will get stuck up to a year
later. Especially if there are hard core thorns like Rosa rugosa.
On Tue, 19 Jul 2005 05:43:51 -0700, Bourne Identity
They decompose fine.
Yes, it really helps if the vines are opened up to bacteria. If you don't
have a shredder, pile them up in your driveway and crush them with your
car by driving over the pile a few times.
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