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Hardy thornless blackberries

Blackberry patch

On our previous homestead, I dove right into planting perennials as soon as we purchased the property. This time, I'm trying to be a little more thoughtful and talk to locals about what grows well on their nearby patches of earth.

I'd assumed thornless blackberries wouldn't be on the table. After all, the ones we grew in Virginia tended to freeze back to the ground every other year, meaning that they rarely bore fruit. Moving north, I doubted we'd manage to keep this heat-loving bramble content.

I'm glad to say I was wrong. Rose Nell and Jayne don't know what type of berry they were given a year ago, but they report the bushes are big and the fruits delicious. "Just plant them somewhere the blackberries can spread," my mothers-in-law warn.

Transplanted blackberries

Done! Here's hoping for big, juicy fruits in summer 2019!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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See Otha in the left background stalking the "burn pile"!
Comment by Jayne Fri Dec 1 08:12:36 2017

The Prime-Ark Freedom will bear in their first year on primocanes and the second year on the floricanes. They are thornless and hardy to zone 5. They maybe worth considering as well. We are trying them this year to extend the harvest since they will fruit twice a year after the first year.

I hope you guys are well. I enjoy reading your story!

Comment by Brian Fri Dec 1 09:46:37 2017

Jayne --- I didn't think anyone but me would be able to see her, but that's why I chose that shot! :-)

Brian --- You just resolved a conundrum! I was informed that these bore prolifically the first year, but I couldn't recall any primocane-bearing blackberries on the market. Sounds like you might have just identified which variety this is.....

Comment by anna Fri Dec 1 15:26:10 2017

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