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Streamlining fruit production

pulling up black berry roots

We deleted 3 more peach trees and our thorn less Blackberries today.

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...and then we promptly replaced those tender blackberries with the cultivated red and black raspberries that thrive in our climate. I know we probably could have put in hardy, thorny blackberry varieties, but the raspberries are free to transplant from elsewhere in the garden. And Mark considers most berries relatively equivalent --- as long as he has a bowl of berries with every meal in the summer, he's happy. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Apr 23 16:27:06 2015

I am trying fuzzy kiwi, as one of my 'on the edge' perennials. I probably should have just gone with hardy, but am still new to my adventure and don't know any better! Ha!

Do you have red currants? They are lovely little jewels to put in a berry bowl. Mine come in before my gooseberries.

Comment by Charity Thu Apr 23 17:12:43 2015
If you guys suddenly find yourself with a stack of peach wood sitting in a corner, I know a guy who's moving to Bristol in June, and who's a wizard with a smoker and a pork shoulder. I could put on a mean barbecue for y'all once we're settled in the house!
Comment by Dave marshall Thu Apr 23 22:40:16 2015

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