Monday, May 7, 2012
And the blackberries moved right on in. These are the classic 'brambles'. The berries are good, but smaller than commercial blackberries. The seeds are bitter, so it's best to make jelly and syrup with it and take the seeds out.
I mow around the big patches as closely as I can so that they're easier to get to to pick. That also helps control them - a bit.
We have a tractor now and as soon as it's up and running and we learn how to drive it, then we have plans for maintaining the blackberries in a more reasonable way.
Here's a pic of some of the berries on the big hill. Blow it up for a better view. They're blooming now and the whole hill looks and smells wonderful.
We've got those scheduled for 'maintenance' first.
Maintenance will consist of mowing off 4' rows. in three sections. One section will be path [grass]. One section will be mowed right away to let grow up over the year so that we can harvest next year . In the fall after harvest, we'll mow off what we picked on this year and let it get started growing for the following year . Then it's just a matter of keeping the paths always mowed and then mowing this year's berries after harvest so they can get going again.
Why 4'? Because that's what I can lean into to pick through. And if we lose a year for some reason, a 4' row would be easier for me to take out with the little riding mower.