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We grow strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. We also have wild huckleberries and blackberries around the countryside that we can pick.

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Raspberries are doing brilliantly. I've got a Cranberry in a pot that has 3 tiny blooms. So...not expecting much there.

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I'm way behind on this thread. I've been thinking about adding some berries, too. The information here is great. I'm liking the idea of the thornless blackberries, too. Can they be planted in the fall (I'm in zone 5 - Northeast)? How do you keep the birds away? Or do you share? This spring I took some clippings from my in-laws grape vines that originally came from Italy and planted them. They are looking good. Next project is to build an arbor for them so I can put a seat under for a nice, cool place to sit.

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I have some great blueberries, strawberries,raspberries, and boysenberries. Pick them in the morning and have them with breakfast. emoticon

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potted strawberries that the wildlife keeps eating..deer and coons, and wild blackberries that seem very small this year.

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We are having a horrible time this year with birds eating our berries. It has never been like this before. We aren't getting any raspberries at all this year.

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blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, walnuts, apples, pie cherries, apricots and strawberries

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I do. As of last year we just grew grapes.
This year we've added blackberries and raspberries.

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Well heck! I thought they just wanted berries! I have cherries, apricots and apples too! emoticon

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I have blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, pears, aplles, peaches and a lot more.

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I have strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pears, asian pears, apples, mulberries, elderberries, apricots, rhubarb, and one blueberry trying to survive in our alkaline soil.

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strawberries & last year put in blueberries and gonna rip out the while blackberries too invasive

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Gardenstar, I wish we had muscadine growing wild around here. Love them!!! Sometimes I can find them in the store, and when I do I will eat them until the corners of my mouth burn.

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I have a few domesticated blueberry bushes that aren't very big yet, a domestic raspberry vine that is barely hanging in there, and numberous wild blue berry bushes and a few "dewberry" (wild blackberry vines) that come up where we don't mow. Also, we have muscadine grapes on an arbor and a vine that grows up a tree and tantalizes me every fall with loads of grapes that I can't reach.

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Oh I love berries! You might want to try strawberries in that spacing!

I have wild strawberries all over in my yard (in country/woodland area). My woodland produces gooseberry, elderberry, raspberry, currents. State land nearby produces all of those and blackberries and wild blueberry.

My neighbor has sour cherry trees between us and I have 3 apple trees and blueberries.

So my "wanderings" in my boggy/peat woodland nets a snack here and there the birds and bears leave for me. I care for the plants closer to the yardline. There the soil is black mucky peat and the yard is hardpan clay (but mucky slime...suck you down when wet).

Thornless blackberries are a favorite fruit but with all I have to watch the seeds per colon problems.

Per the neighbor... just offer to go pull up sprouts for them if it bothers them. Let them know ahead of time you will plant and if any escape you are willing to remove if they don't want them.

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I have blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. The blackberries like a trellis to grow on because their limbs get kinda droopy. I have the thornless variety. I am going to put a trellis or a little wire fence will work too, on my raspberries.

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One more response, since I'm slow on the uptake:

I have thorn blackberries that I didn't plant - the birds spread them from someone else's yard and I get nearly-impossible-to-kill plants every year, so for those worried they might have killed their raspberry/ blackberry - that's pretty hard to do. My area is smaller than Nicole's and it produces all the raspberries I can eat, including giving pints away, and baking with them, although I don't make pie filling and preserves with them, but it helps that it's in a very sunny area between my white garage and my neighbor's blacktop driveway (they reflect and trap the heat to keep the plants very very happy. But I needed a barrier deeper that a foot (I ended up digging down three concrete pavers worth and putting in a landscape cloth barrier over the pavers so the raspberries' roots can't squeak through between the pavers). So I'm about three feet down now and the only raspberries outside of the patch now are from the seeds the birds spread.
I'm jealous of the folks in the Pacific northwest - what I wouldn't give for thimble berries along my morning run!
And I too use strawberries as a groundcover in the front yard - they're beautiful plants. I gave up on blueberries because there is a you-pick place just five miles from my home and acidifying the soil for the blueberries makes everything else I want to grow (except my holly and hydrangeas) unhappy.
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I bought thorn blackberries before I knew better and it took 3 years to get them totally out of my garden. I dug then up and put them along the woods for the birds. Each year new ones came up and I dug down several foot to get the main root and kept planting them in the woods. Finally I bought some bark killer and a farmer got it for me that tills out land. You put that on the plant and within hours it is dead, don't have anymore problems. They got in my asparagus, strawberries everything and it was a mess. Have fun in the Spring everyone.

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Thanks for the info everyone. I am so excited about planting my blackberries this year! :-)



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I grow blackberries without thorns, raspberries, cherries, huckleberries, grapes, apples, peaches, and pears that come up every year and that doesn't count the fruit I plant in my garden. I love my fruit and veggies.

Nicole, thornless blackberries do not spread like the thorn ones. I have had plants for about 5 years and they have only added 2 more bushes in their row and that makes me happy.

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I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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Most brambles, raspberries, blackberries, etc, usually transplant well. It is normal for some of their canes to die back each year, usually the older ones. Make sure that it stays reasonably watered and it should be okay.

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While we are talking about berries, my friend gave me a raspberry bush, last fall. I brought it home & transplanted it. Ofcourse, immediately, we got an early frost! A few of the branches looked okay, but a lot of it dies. Finally, I cut off the dead branches, do you think it will come back this year? Do they transplat fairly easily?

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How to install a root barrier. The berries will be carried by birds, so random stuff will pop up. But regular mowing will keep the random berries in check. The root barrier is just a thing that you stick about 12 inches down along the fence row. It will keep the roots from spreading next door.

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Thanks everyone! I'm thinking of going with thornless blackberries (my favorite fruit of all-time anyway), so glad it sounds like it will work. What exactly is a root barrier? The fence separates my yard from my neighbor's, so I know she won't want berries growing wild into her yard. Any tips appreciated! (So excited for spring.)



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I'm in the Pacific Northwest - its practically manditory to grow berries!

We've got gooseberries, jostaberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and everbearing strawberries.
We have our raspberries planted next to a chain link fence but they are not doing well, as they don't get enough sun, but the blackberries are against a wooden fence in the sun and produce well. The strawberries are planted as ground cover in my front yard in full sun and produce all we can eat.

Be sure to read up on proper pruning when you decide which berry to grow.

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I have strawberries, blackberries & Blueberries

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It would be great to have raspberries...wish I'd planted them years ago. I do like to move my vegetables around the various gardens every year so I don't like to commit a garden to a permanent planting like this. If I had more sunshine in the yard I would do it.

To tie them up you have the perfect trellis. Take jute twine and run a string along the plants as they grow and anchor it on that fence.

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I find blueberries pickier about their surroundings. Strawberries are pretty easy and don't block the space completely. Raspberries have a longer fruiting time if you buy 2 or 3 different varieties. And birds LOVE them all.

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As far as the blueberries, they like a soil PH between 5.5 & 6.5. You can buy PH test kits at most garden stores and nurseries faily inexpenxively. Aside from the peat moss and aluminum sulfate mentioned, you can also lower your sol PH with sulfer, cotton burr meal and coffee grounds.

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If you are choosing between blackberries and raspberries near a side walk, the thornless blackberries would definitely be the better choice. I have thornless blackberries and they are wonderful. The 2 "bushes" I bought started producing their 2nd year and have multiplied. You do need to put down a roodt barrier to keep them in the area you want them in, they can send up new plants at least 3 feet from the main plants. The fruit is hue sweet and juicy.

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True. They take a lot of peat and maybe aluminum sulfate to keep the soil pH right. Though there are substitutes for the aluminum sulfate.



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Blueberries are real persnickety when it comes to soil. You can take a soil sample to your county extension office, and they can help you get it right for blueberries.

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I have raspberries. I have tried to grow strawberries and blueberries with no luck.

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Yes, raspberries are super easy but the ARE unruly as others have commented. What have you got to loose????

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I grow some Joan J raspberries and they don't need tying up (unless it's really windy where you are). They are also thornless.


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If you want to grow the raspberries, you will absolutely have to tie them to the fence.

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I made the mistake of planting raspberries in a space like you described and as the others said - they spread like crazy and I got caught by thorns every time I walked by so try thornless. I ripped them out and have strawberries there now. I planted the raspberries in a more out of the way spot in the garden.






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Plenty of space for berries, except maybe blueberries, which get very bushy. Go for it!


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It sounds like the perfect spot for strawberries. If you want to do blackberries make sure they are thornless and also that you have a root barrier so they don't spread uncontrollably. Raspberries would also work but I don't think they have a thornless variety so you might get caught on them every time you walk by.

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We grow blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes... You can grow a lot of raspberries in a very small space. But you will need to keep them pruned and tied up. They spread like weeds!!! Nothing quite as tasty, though. Gosh. We love our raspberries!

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I'm thinking of overhauling and moving around my garden considerably this year and trying to grow some berries for the first time. I have a small patch of garden between a sidewalk and a chain link fence that's about 18 inches wide and 10-12 feet long. Would that be enough space to grow "some" berries (I'm thinking blackberries or raspberries)? I know it wouldn't be a huge crop, but would be better than nothing. Thanks for any tips/advice!

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