[NAFEX] Blackberry trellising and mulching
jfruth at tds.net
Fri Jun 29 09:24:50 EDT 2007
Trellising blackberries really facilitates picking. I use twine so, at
the end of the season, I clip each old cane and clip the twine and toss the
whole works on the burn pile.
When I first start picking, I make windrows of the primocanes, laying
them down so I can get at the berries unhampered (by primocanes in the way).
Then I step over each windrow and all the fruit is exposed, easy to pick.
Occasionally a stem will resist being laid over and will break off but I'd
rather have a few broken canes than to be constantly moving upright
primocanes out of the way so I can pick.
Mulching: I mulch everything, including the garden veggies and aisles
(and all have T-tape drip irrigation. I like to make the mulch 4" to 6"
thick so the are never any weeds to pull.
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Thanks for the advice Jim and Michael. Three feet seemed a little short to
me too. I think I read pruning is to keep them from blowing over. We do
get some pretty good winds here in Kansas, and I only trellised the Triple
Crown, but I like the idea of not having to stoop to pick. After the plants
get some maturity (producing thicker and more canes) I'd like to try just
letting them grow.
On a related issue, do you all recommend mulching the plants? Will the new
canes push up through the mulch?
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