Hey farm people or gardeners...I have a question

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    Hey farm people or gardeners...I have a question

    I'm about to plant a Red Raspberry, Black Raspberry and Blueberry bush. Do any of these need a support...like a tomato cage thingy or do I just let them grow on their own?
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    Please be a responsible berry owner. The only plant worse when left unattended is the cutzo.

    Putting up a three or four strand short run of wire fence allows you to keep them trimmed and the runners off the ground and not spreading. It also keeps the berries up off the ground and higher than the tallest dog. Old adage never pick a berry shorter than the tallest dog.

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    My father in law has a blackberry patch, he has several wires running between posts to tie them to. And they can get out of control in a hurry.
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    They sell berries in the produce section of Wal mart, but you knew that, huh?
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    Start them off on a wire, especially the first couple of years. It gets to the point where the wire will be completely covered and you'll never know its there.

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    OK...thanks! I'm off to Tractor Supply for some fencing.

    I promise to be a responsible berry grower.

    Yeah lion...I know Wal Mart sells berries; but who's going to look sheepish when the shtf and I'm sittin fat and happy with my berries and WalMart is closed. Huhhhhhh?
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    I have hundreds and they are almost impossible to kill once they get going. Their thorns are like fish hooks. Every year my wife and I harvest berries for jams and jellies. The best stuff you ever want to eat. Worth all the pain and blood shed. good luck
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    Remember to check your soil ph. I have to add acidifier once or twice a year for my blueberries.
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    I NH we didn't have to do anything for blackberries....just walked down the road. You couldn't wing a dead cat without hitting a blackberrie patch! I could not fathom why anybody that lved there went to the store to buy them. oh.....stupid tourist!

    Anyway jean..go with the wire. It is about the easist thing in the world to grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    Anyway jean..go with the wire. It is about the easist thing in the world to grow.
    Suntzu, she's not trying to grow wire. She's trying to grow berries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    OK...thanks! I'm off to Tractor Supply for some fencing.

    I promise to be a responsible berry grower.

    Yeah lion...I know Wal Mart sells berries; but who's going to look sheepish when the shtf and I'm sittin fat and happy with my berries and WalMart is closed. Huhhhhhh?
    You are gonna have to eat a lot of berries to get fat. Happy, that is pretty easy with berries, but fat...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    I'm about to plant a Red Raspberry, Black Raspberry and Blueberry bush. Do any of these need a support...like a tomato cage thingy or do I just let them grow on their own?
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    If you haven't grown berries before, be aware that they attract rodents in droves. The rodents in turn attract snakes. We always pack a .38 loaded with snake shot when we're out in the berry patch! Our area is thick with copperheads.

    I would ordinarily have more of a live-and-let-live approach, but between the grandkids, pets, and my wife's exotic poultry, we need to keep the snake population in check - particularly the venomous ones. We just had a big ol' rat snake eat three of my wife's baby chicks this week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by manolito View Post
    Please be a responsible berry owner. The only plant worse when left unattended is the cutzo...
    You mean kudzu? Or something else?
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    get the thornless variety if you can. i just planted some along a fenceline. we, too, are planting pretty much only fruit bearing trees and shrubs these days. gonna order a couple of dwarf citrus trees, too, for vitamin c.
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    re: blueberries, plant more than one bush, at least two varieties so they cross pollinate properly.
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