how to grow blackberries – Organic Gardening

How to plant blackberries:

Before you start planting, choose a site that has full sun. The soil should be rich and drains well. When planting, place bushes 6 feet apart. If planting in rows, plant each row at least 8 feet apart. Crowding is never a good idea when planting any type of berry bush.

Dig the hole about 8 inches deep, add the plant, and gently cover it with soil. There is no need to fertilize at this time, just do a generous initial watering.

How to grow blackberries in containers:

Growing blackberries in containers is possible, but you need to use a sizable container. Only plant one bush per container, and make sure you can dig a good 12-18 inches deep and the width of the pot is at least 18 inches. Also, be sure there is proper drainage.

How to care for blackberries:

You want to be sure you keep weeds at bay. You can do this by picking weeds when you see them as well as covering the area around the bushes with mulch. Water your blackberry bushes with at least 1 inch of water per week, and always check to make sure the soil is moist. Prune away any branches or greenery that appears to be dead or diseased.

General tips for producing a good crop:

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