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Grow Blackberries at Home. Its a Great Investment

Date Posted: July 5, 2016

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If you were to look up what the word investment means, you will get the action or process of investing money for profit or material result. Very few people look at their gardens as investments, but that is what they are. You are spending not only your money for gardening supplies but your energy in the form of labor and knowledge and the return is hopefully an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Grow Blackberries at Home.  It`s a Great Investment

One such addition to your home garden that would be an amazing investment are blackberries. As I have recently found out, and you can see in the video below, the return on the investment in growing blackberries is tremendous. It took a few years of labor, energy and fighting off the critters who would steal the fruit, but this year, the return of blackberries are in the thousands.

What are Blackberries?

Blackberries are an edible fruit of the Rosaceae family. They are a perennial fruit, meaning they come back year after year, yielding fruits for many seasons. While there are hundreds of different varieties you can choose from, the variety of blackberry that I am growing are called Arapaho. This variety is thornless and self supporting which is why I chose it. A safe plant for the kids to interact with and not a whole lot of extra gardening efforts to invest.

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Grow Blackberries at Home.  It`s a Great Investment

How to Get Started Growing Blackberries

If you thought growing tomatoes were easy, wait until you plant some blackberries. I chose an area on my property that receives full sun all day. I also chose a spot that was against the backside of my house but that was for aesthetic purposes and has no bearing on the production of the blackberry plants. I planted 3 established bushes about 3 feet apart in an area where I cultivated the soil with loads of compost before I planted them. I buried the bush down to the topsoil level of the containers they came in. Once the blackberry bushes were planted I put down some Weed Control Landscape Fabric to keep the weeds under control, and then I added a 3 inch layer of pine bark mulch. I get virtually no weeds, and the area looks great.

Grow Blackberries at Home.  It`s a Great Investment

Grow Blackberries at Home. Its a Great Investment

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When Can You Expect the Return on Your Blackberry Investment

I planted my blackberry bushes in the spring about 3 years ago and by the end of the summer of that same year I did get a few berries although they were very immature and not very tasty. By year two I was getting a whole lot more but still not enough to justify the cost since at this point in year two it seemed I was battling the birds and squirrels for blackberry supremacy. However, this year, that all changed. All three bushes have robust production. The birds and squirrels have still been taking their share but because there are so many blackberries on the bushes, not even they can eat all of them. Therefore there is still plenty for me and my family as well as plenty for the neighbors that we give them to.

Grow Blackberries at Home.  It`s a Great Investment

Hows the Flavor?

The flavor of the blackberries are out of this world sweet. As you may know, blackberries are used in many recipes for jams, pies, muffins and so much more. I can now understand why. They are so sweet and tasty, I have been able to add them to some morning yogurt, granola, and eat handfuls of them at a time.

Grow Blackberries at Home.  It`s a Great Investment

So your first step is to go ahead and purchase some blackberry bushes. You can get a 3 pack for under $25, and while you have many to choose from, I highly recommend the Arapaho since I am doing so well with mine. The next step is to select the permanent location in your yard where they will be planted that receives a full days worth of sun. Then take the steps I noted earlier to reduce the amount of weeding you will need to do in your blackberry bed. Put the necessary time and effort in and that investment will yield you many years of tasty blackberries.

Happy gardening!

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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