Blackberry Mistakes and Smoothies

| 11/4/2014 8:48:00 AM

Tags: Joel Salatin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Blackberries, Thornless Ouachita Blackberries, Procrastination, Mistakes, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

We made a mistake, but, Joel Salatin says, "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing wrong the first time." OK, but we should have fixed it as soon as we realized the mistake, because, as we all know, "A stitch in time saves nine.”

It started when we planted six blackberry bushes with thorns and three thornless Ouachita. The thornless bushes produce abundant large blackberries, as many as we need for smoothies, while the others produce a few piddly berries that aren’t worth getting poked for.

blackberry bushes 

Beautiful blackberries on thornless bushes.

Blackberries in hand

11/9/2014 7:45:55 AM

Mary, I hope and pray that you are recovering fully without complications from your surgery. I'm hoping to plant some berry bushes eventually but as for the next couple years, I'm still developing the fences and raised beds. I netted another house of old carpet yesterday to cover the areas that are undeveloped. It's the best way ever to keep weeds down until it can be made into garden areas. The fibers in carpet these days never break down even after three years. I have carpet that old that is still in good shape after two winters and much rain from this year. It's totally better than the weed barrier that the home improvement stores sell and it's free. I have an area picked out to use for berries but first it does need to be screened to keep all the birds and animals from helping themselves to the harvest. I suppose it would be torture not to give the wild life at least a couple plants to munch on. :-) ***** Have a great blackberry smoothie day.

11/4/2014 11:09:53 AM

Was it hard at all to dig those bushes up? They look so thick and healthy! What do you do to make them so prolific? I mulched my berry patch with pine needs this weekend. Do I prune them?

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