Monday, April 9, 2012

a new berry patch

It seems we've entered the plant or prepare-to-plant something every day stage! (Which will all-too-soon be followed by the weed every day, multiple times a day stage.) This weekend was a beautiful, slower-paced one, and I found a pocket of time to plant some bushes in the area we're turning into a little berry patch. 


So far, we have a couple young golden raspberry plants, and a blackberry that spent winter in the house since it didn't get planted last fall before all that early snow hit. We already have some wonderfully established red raspberry plants in the garden area (they grow amazingly well in Colorado), so this spot gives us a chance to have a bit more variety. I'm using the fence as a natural trellis, and the blackberry cane already seems at home here. We may even get some fruit from those second-year canes!
 

It doesn't look like much now, but all of our work here starts small. In a few years time, I can imagine a brambling blackberry covering the fence and hanging full of fruit, bees happily buzzing about. We'll have a homemade picnic table and a couple benches nearby for summer snacking outdoors. The raspberries will grow a bit wild-like, their runner canes shooting up from the grass. Can you see it, too?  

13 comments:

  1. I one day dream of having a berry patch too, until then I'll enjoy watching yours grow :)
    x

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  2. Good luck with the berry patch. We have a small one - guess what my job for today is - wage war on the ever encroaching nettles. I'd better get my gauntlets on!

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  3. It looks like the perfect spot for growing your berries on the fence. Would you believe my grape vines already have tiny grapes on the them. I hope you can keep the birds from stealing your berries. They are already pecking on my apples!

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  4. Sounds beautiful Jaime! I have every confidence you shall make it happen...ours has just begun but i have a feeling the chooks will find it tasty too!

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  5. I used to pick blackberries at my brothers house when he lived in Washington State. Dee-lish. I also spent the day weeding yesterday preparing to plant. I swear I turned around and up popped more dandelions!

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  6. Oh yes, I can see it too! Small steps lead slowly to the fruits of our labour (literally and figuratively in this case!).

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  7. Ooh, it will be lovely! A perfect spot to sit and drink raspberry cordial, eat raspberry icepops, and munch on raspberry muffins! Fingers crossed for abundant harvests in this sweet patch of yours. :)

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  8. I think they will be perfect for that spot!
    Our berry plants in Kansas City were about a year old (after I planted shoots my grandpa sent me from his farm). I hated to leave them, and I'm not sure how they've weathered the care (or not) of the renters. I had black raspberry, red raspberry, and elderberry. Waiting till we have our own place here in CO before planting more...

    Mia

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  9. We just planted our berries along the fence row as well! Good luck to yours...may they be abundant!

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  10. I planted a couple of blackberry bushes about a month ago and I was surprised to see blossoms on them yesterday! Yep, I can see your lovely berry patch now! :)

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  11. A lovely blog, excited to read more!

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