"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Blackberries: jovial and stand-off-ish

After planting blackberry bushes last year, we are thrilled to finally have some harvesting to do.

The berries in the photo appear to be more raspberry-ish, but I assure you they are blackberries. They are thornless and very approachable, friendly even.

As a special bonus, we also found some wild blackberries. Not wanting to take any chances, we summoned the expertise of our county extension service for confirmation. Yep, we have lots of blackberries! Happy. Happy. Happy.

This was a practical discovery, considering their zero cost; however, the wild bunch is very much NOT thornless. They are aloof and quite persnickety--but that's no deterrent when one is determined about cobbler.

As a side note, the raspberry bushes we planted last year fizzled. Apparently, it is not OK to plant raspberries and blackberries too close together.

Live and learn. And eat blackberries!

How are your gardening attempts going so far?

4 comments:

  1. As a sheep and arable farmer I can imagine the rewards must be very high when you have finally been able to harvest your berries. A good crop means so much.

    CJ xx

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  2. Oh, CJ...I love sheep. They are so sweet and docile.

    Kris7

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  3. We have wild blackberries all over our farm. Our family picked 3 gallons one afternoon. It's so rewarding having them growing right outside. What a treat!

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  4. lulalola...3 gallons, oh my! How wonderful. Yum!

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