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Blackberries by the Bushel

Aug 26, 2010

Blackberry picking is over for 2010. Berries are frozen or in jelly awaiting my wintertime yearnings for a taste of summer. This spring I posted some information explaining how eliminating the grass in a blackberry patch and using prescribed burning would not only improve quail habitat but increase blackberry production.

Is this picture worth a thousand words? The lower blackberry cane in the photo is Blackberry Comparisonactually just the fruiting portion of the cane from an area burned two years ago and the grass underneath eliminated. The small portion of cane in the top of the picture is the fruiting portion of a cane from the opposite side of the field trail which has never been burned. I will let the picture "speak" for itself!

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No blackberries for us this summer. The torrid temperatures and lack of rain turned the berries to dried little rocks before they could ripen. Thankfully, I still have a couple of bags of berries from the summer of 2009. No blackberries for critters of all kinds, and our oaks are loosing all their immature acorns (and leaves) so deer and squirrels will be hungry this winter. So sad.

Check your picture, Bill. That bob white isn't sitting on a blackberry cane.

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