[NAFEX] Northern Blackberries
jfruth at tds.net
Thu Feb 7 09:23:58 EST 2008
Ernest Plutko wrote,"I dug up wild blackberries
from near Brainerd, Mn but they didn't make it here in zone 2b."
I grow zone 5 blackberries here in zone 3. Just before freeze-up, I
weight down all the canes with heavy fenceposts and iron pipes; a few canes
break but most don't. I try to get the canes as close to the ground as
possible. Then I wait for snow. If it doesn't snow enough before January
comes, I take my snow blower and blow more on top of them because any branch
that isn't covered gets fried from Minnesota's dry wind. I tried covering
with mulch but snow works better.
There'll be those of you who will say, "That sounds like a lot of work."
What isn't? Even baby sitting is a lot of work. Altogether, I spend no
more than four hours putting that blackberry patch to bed, a 30' row. The
alternative is to buy someone's fruit that has been shipped in from who
knows where AND my berries taste better.
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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