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February 28, 2021 - How to plant thornless blackberries

Updated: May 5, 2021

Updates: Before you read this one, please read our new post: Why you Should Not Plant Blackberries in the ground. You can still plant them in the ground as long as you are aware of the consequence.

Today we put in two vines of thornless blackberries that we picked up on a whim. These went in right next to the grapes on what is now being turned into our vine hill. We had to get two because they are not self-pollinating, and hey, we can always use more plants. The runoff we get at the moment is pretty harsh until the grass and cover crops fill in.

Here's how we did it:

We dug a hole about 2x the size of the pot and filled the bottom with pebbles. This is our standard procedure for all of our planting, mostly because we have tons of clay. Lots of clay. If you cut into the ground, it's essentially its own clay pot. Then we added some garden soil and popped in the plant. Per advice on the tag, we did NOT use manure.

After tossing in the plant (not literally), we filled the rest in with the existing dirt and some more garden soil. Mounding it up so that it makes a little hill will allow the water to run off and not puddle into the roots. After a thorough watering, we will let nature take care of the rest.

Now, I'm not sure if it will grow berries this year, or if it will be next year when the vines are more mature, but I'm excited to see it! We are using a lot of bamboo canes and will probably have to make real trellis', but that'll be a later project.

We'll keep you posted on the progress and let's see how this spot does!

Weather report: Temp in the 50's, Mostly cloudy.

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