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How to Grow Beautiful Blackberries!

Blackberries blog post
Blackberry bushes are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Some blackberry bushes grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Blackberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes 2 years for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.
 

How to Grow:

It is best to plant blackberry bushes after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Blackberry bushes are planted fairly shallow, about only an inch deeper than the pot they are transplanted from. It is not common to plant these within a square foot garden, but if it is kept trimmed, you can plant it with at least 2 square feet. Blackberry bushes will need a trellis that is in the full sun to thrive. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Blueberries Oregano Eggplant
Chives Tarragon Peppers (banana, bell, hot)
Grapes   Potatoes
Marigolds   Raspberries
Marjoram   Strawberries
Mint   Tomatoes (bush & vine)

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for blackberries:

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Harvesting:

Blackberry bushes will begin to produce fruit within 1-2 years after transplanting. Blackberry bushes will fruit in the summer during the months of July, August, and September. Wait to pick the blackberries until they have turned red to black. They will be sweetest a few days after they have turned black. You will most likely have to wait a year until the plant starts producing, but it is well worth the wait!

Cooking & Eating!

Blackberries right off the vine are amazing! You can simply eat these directly from the vine or use them in an amazing pie. You will not be disappointed with the taste!

 

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