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Something that's not discussed here much. We  have quite a few wild ones, both red and black.   They play a vital role in nature. Birds and insects both feeding on them and using them for cover. There are quite a few for a dry year, we had here. Don't mind if I do, LOL. I had a Monarch butterfly flying around me, as if it was scolding me for taking the goodness. 

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Our blackberry bushes have been cleaned out for weeks. We did have a ton of black berries, raspberries and currants though.

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Planted a few currant variety last year as an expirament, they seem to be doing ok. It's blueberrys I'm having trouble with for some reason.

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Until I start seeing reflectors on their buggies at night.

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The blackberries here are abundant. Picking for a week or more now.

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Raspberries were perfect last week for me. Blackberry bushes were just starting to produce. 40 acres of selective cut seven years ago has lead to endless berries just a matter of how many we can pick. Spetember 10th last year we were still picking.

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20 hours ago, Fantail said:

Planted a few currant variety last year as an expirament, they seem to be doing ok. It's blueberrys I'm having trouble with for some reason.

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Blueberries like light, low ph soils. Could be buying diseased plants.

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The power lines right of way on the property are loaded on the edges with them. I always catch a bear or two during the day time in there!


"We Feed 'em"

"He Breeds 'em"

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ours weren't doing well with the drought but now they're cranking out berries with no end in sight. i usually make paths to some where i can and clean out the weed competition with the belly mower or brush hog.  definitely preferred browse for the kids and wildlife.  keeping them opened up with competition seems to keep them lower to the ground and accessible.


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On 8/7/2018 at 11:03 AM, WNYBuckHunter said:

Our blackberry bushes have been cleaned out for weeks. We did have a ton of black berries, raspberries and currants though.

How close together were the blackberries and raspberries? I read something online about them not being able to survive in close proximity to each other.

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33 minutes ago, Jeremy K said:

How close together were the blackberries and raspberries? I read something online about them not being able to survive in close proximity to each other.

Different areas of the property

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For years before I moved into town, I used to take almost daily hikes on the back roads, farm roads and woods roads near my home...I always looked forward to the berry season and would eat handfuls  of them on each walk.. I especially like the blackberries...

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1 hour ago, Jeremy K said:

How close together were the blackberries and raspberries? I read something online about them not being able to survive in close proximity to each other.

Made a mistake about 10 years ago planting thornless blackberries next to red raspberries,I now have blackberries that are loaded with thorns and no red raspberries .Read a article about planting berry plants that stated to keep them apart or the will turn out like mine, of course when it was too late.

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Love wild blackberries, there are quite a few on my property. My dad grows a blackberry variant where there are no thorns on the stems and the blackberries are 4x the size of a wild one. He also makes a great jam from blackberries. 

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Went to pick some a few nights ago. Was a little late i think, they looked a little expired.. I have 2 separate clusters of blue berry bushes.. about 5 or 5 mature bushes clustered.. someone snuck in and beat me to the bushes.. picked them clean. Think its time a cell cam to observe the bushes from now on.. 

I love wild berries, love picking em out away from civilization too. 

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Went picking blackberries yesterday for a huge country crock container full and another 2 quarts full. The plants are loaded with red and green berries just need more rain to help them produce all in all good few hours of picking and eating.

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