My thornless blackberries that are planted along the main garden fence are already blooming.
And the wild patch of blackberries we discovered on our hillside is getting ready to bloom, too! I’m gonna have my OWN blackberries this year!!!
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I’m so jealous! But happy for you. I love blackberries. I eat lots of them in season and freeze some too, but I have to buy mine. We do have a couple of pick your own farms nearby though, so that is good. Enjoy yours!
On May 11, 2011 at 1:21 am
Granny Trace says:
:woof: Yippppppppeeeee for you…Isn’t that just the best feeling. Don’t think I will have any till next year. Maybe blueberries.
On May 11, 2011 at 6:29 am
Oh, yum! I like the wild ones better, because their seeds are smaller, especially for ice cream topping and pies and cakes and jam and… The ones with larger seeds make delicious jelly, though.
On May 11, 2011 at 7:01 am
We have acres of these growing wild on our place. They took over when we stopped mowing for hay. It took me a long time to figure out what to do with them but now we have a good working relationship. They’ll start blooming next month along with the wild roses. There’s nothing like that fragrance. And that jelly. And those crostadas…
On May 11, 2011 at 7:47 am
I love seeing what’s going on in your garden. I’m still trying to get things going here in CO and it has remained chilly and super dry. Woke up to precipitation this morning, hoping that will help “green” things up. Love your herb garden!
On May 11, 2011 at 8:10 am
I’m having trouble figuring this out. Where I live, blackberries are horribly invasive and nearly impossible to get rid of if they spread into areas where you don’t want them. Even the types sold in nurseries can be quite invasive. To add insult to injury, the ones that grow wild here are watery and rather tasteless. And yet you’re all thrilled with yours. Are there different types of wild-growing blackberries in different parts of the country? Are they less invasive in areas where you have cold winters?
On May 11, 2011 at 9:27 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
Urbanite, I don’t know, the blackberries I see around here are always in wild areas. I haven’t seen or heard of any invading people’s yards/gardens. The wild ones here taste wonderful!
On May 11, 2011 at 11:14 am
You’ll enjoy those thornless ones. I’ve been on a rampage pulling the wild ones out of my flower beds.
On May 11, 2011 at 9:28 am
Very cool! I planted blakberries this year. How long does it take for them to produce?
On May 11, 2011 at 9:58 am
I love blackberries and I was excited to find dried ones at the health food store today! I love dried cranberries, strawberries, cherries, so it seemed like a great idea. Blechh, not so great once I popped one in my mouth! I don’t know why they shouldn’t be delicious. Maybe tossed in the granola with a bit of yogurt will improve them. Live and learn.
On May 11, 2011 at 10:38 am
Sooo happy for you; sooo envious, too! The farmer that works my front field “accidentally” tore out my blackberries and elderberries last year… :hissyfit:
Could you send some of your excess my way?? Pleeeez! :happyfeet:
On May 11, 2011 at 10:48 am
Wild blackberries tend to grow and spread profusely for one, maybe two or three years and then die back for no apparent reason. (My private theory is that they are voracious feeders and take the nutrients from the soil very quickly, but I have no scientific proof.) Their flavor, like most wild berries, varies according to the amount of sunlight they get (more sunlight=sweeter berries) and the crossbreeding that happens naturally due to insect/bird/animal cross pollination.
A patch of wild blackberries is a blessing you will only regret when they live out their lifespan and die away… ENJOY!!! 😀
On May 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm
What good news!! Try as I might, I just cannot get blackberries to grow for me (too cold of a zone I guess) but I do have blueberries and raspberries. Blackberries are my fvorite tho!! Happy picking!!
On May 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm