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Friday, May 26, 2006

BBH report 395

Blueberry Hill report 395.

A fair portion of my yard is infested with wild blackberries and while they do produce some few berries, the plants most often grow in all the wrong places. They are irritating enough in the edges of the yard but they want to overgrow my main blueberry patch and sneak over into the garden. It is really a pain – literally – to keep them ripped out of the good soil – I don’t use chemical killers.

Several years ago I purchased two thornless blackberries and planted them on the garden end of the yard over next to the house. These have grown well and have produced a fair amount of berries for the last couple of years. They have put on more berries this year than they ever have. The fruit is still green and about half-sized but they are growing and starting to get a bit of tint to them.

Just in case you are not aware of the growing habits of blackberries, they grow their canes one year – this is what the stalks are called – then they bear fruit the second year and the cane dies. The thing that is recommended is to cut all the fruiting canes as soon as you pick the last berry so the new canes for the next year can grow more freely.

These store-bought blackberries have canes that grow somewhat upright but I need to put up some wire to keep them from drooping as the berries get bigger. They are tied to a couple of metal stakes at the moment but are getting too big for them.

In addition to many flowers the family received at the time of FIL’s funeral, there were a dozen or so potted plants. One of these was a gardenia and I planted it at the corner of the house just down from the blackberries. Said gardenia seems to be having trouble making up its mind as to whether it will live or not. Maybe it is just not tough enough to live on the neglect it gets.

Sometimes we humans neglect our spiritual side, our soul, and this is detrimental to a person while alive and certainly when passing into eternity. Jesus made it possible for us to decide where we will spend the after-life – will we make the wrong choice by not choosing? ec


Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr Eddie ~~ I did not know that you could but thornless blackberry plants.
I will ring some nurseries to see if they are available here too.
I suggest you move that gardenia, as it may not be in the right spot.
Thanks for your visit and I really enjoyed having Geoff and Jo. Geoff
always spends time weeding and working
in my garden, which I appreciate.
Take care, Merle.

5/27/2006 04:26:00 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

I'd like to have some berry plants but since there's mostly shade up here and between the deer and the posibility of the bear(s) and the care required I think it's easier to buy them at the market.

5/27/2006 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - Now that is a welcome visitor, one that will weed garden. These thornless blackberries were purchased at a local nursery but I wouldn't know the availability in your area. The www gives some good info on them.

TMG - The care required is minimal but I can understand not growing something if it just feeds the wild critters. ec

5/27/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I believe that a lot of folk neglect their spirituality, even when they don’t realize they have spirituality. When the stresses and disappointments of life increase, our panic seems to drive us toward solving the problems at all costs. Then the first thing that we usually abandon is the calm and solitude upon which our spirituality is dependent.

5/27/2006 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - Many seem to try to deny that we have a spiritual side at all. But it is as though we have God sized hole inside us and if we don't allow God in to fill that, we feel the emptiness and try to fill the hole with anything and everything else - to no avail - sad. ec

5/27/2006 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

enjoyed reading this
Guess I need to pit a little more TLC into my soul and spirit patch. Thanks for the reminder

5/28/2006 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

david - Welcome - thanks for the visit. ec

5/28/2006 10:28:00 PM  

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