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Jan 10, 2014 10:11 AM CST

Hello, Thank you for this page and the information. I live in Red Rock. I am interested in Blackberries, Huckleberries, Pear, Apples, Fig, Pomegranate, Asparagus. Any advise about planting and growing these in my yard?

Jan 10, 2014 10:12 AM CST Admin
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Jan 11, 2014 8:23 AM CST
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Welcome Debbie! I don't know where that is either. Your yard sounds yummy!

You must be somewhere fairly warm if you are going to grow figs. Ficus carica is very easy, just stick it in the ground & stand back, water if thirsty. Prune for shape after harvest. Stick the pieces you pruned in the ground for more trees. Hopefully you aren't allergic to latex sap which this plant has.

Blackberries? They need a 'patch' of space. They grow wild here and we do love to eat them, but I wouldn't have them on purpose unless I had a ton of land. The yield for the amount of space they use is pretty small. The fruit ripens over the course of about 10 days, then that's it until next year. Purchased cultivars might be more productive/well behaved.
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Jan 11, 2014 5:34 PM CST
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Commercially bred blackberry cultivars are productive enough that you can harvest a lot of berries in a relatively small space. I have seven plants in a 15ft by 4ft "row" that produce more fruit than my family can eat. I suppose if we made preserves out of them, we'd be able to use them all, but we just eat them fresh or maybe make cobbler now and then. The primocane-fruiting varieties produce a heavy crop in early summer and continue producing steady smaller crops all the way to frost. Or, least they do here.
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