ATP Podcast #60: Growing Blackberries and Strawberries

By dave
June 11, 2014

In this week's podcast, we'll discuss everything you need to know to grow blackberries, and Trish will share her tips on success with strawberries.

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Jun 11, 2014 2:22 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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for another great podcast. Thumbs up

This is the second year for our blackberries and they have fruit on them now. They are not ripe yet. Should I pick them this year or not? I have read that the first year they fruit, you shouldn't pick.

Trish, I've never grown strawberries but I think I should try. I love strawberries too. We have gazillions of wild strawberries. I did pick them once but no amount of sugar helped. They were very bland and not good at all.
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Jun 11, 2014 7:59 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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I don't know why one would be told not to pick the fruit during the first year. I've heard this before, too, and that doesn't make sense to me. If the fruit is there and ripens on the cane, why wouldn't you pick it and eat it?

Yes, we pick all our blackberries, whether they appear on new plants or old ones. Green Grin!
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Jun 11, 2014 10:05 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Blackberries are my favorite, and I am fortunate (?) to have the highly invasive Himalayans growing wild all around me. A tasty nuisance.
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Jun 11, 2014 7:29 PM CST
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Jun 14, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Nice podcast, Dave and Trish. Ya'll covered two of my favorite berries!

There are more than enough wild blackberries here for me to enjoy so I don't cultivate any but if I did I'd go with the thornless Doyle blackberry, something others might like to try not only due to being thornless but also because one plant will produce about 10 times the amount of berries as a typical blackberry plant. I think the family that now sells them lives in Texas somewhere.

And yes, Vic, I'd pick those berries as soon as they ripen, too. And if you can walk up the road with 35 cents and an empty quart Mason jar and return home with some fresh milk with an inch of cream floating on top you'll have the perfect breakfast...blackberries in a bowl covered with cream. Oh the memories of growing up in those mountains over your way. Smiling

Happy Day, All!
Thanks again, Trish and Dave!
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Jun 14, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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Well, you'll just have to come and have blackberries and milk with us Shoeman Green Grin!
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Jun 14, 2014 12:00 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Shoe. Smiling I've heard of the Doyle blackberries and I'll keep an eye out to add a couple of them to my orchard!
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Jul 7, 2014 5:59 AM CST
Name: Lisa
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Well, I'm late getting around to listening to this podcast but I must say I loved it!!! So much great information for a newbie like me! I have been very interested in blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. I knew blackberries and blueberries grew well in our area because of the soil acidity apparently being just perfect for them but I have been puzzled as to why no one seems to grow strawberries here much. I had also noticed there are no U-pick strawberry farms anywhere around here. Anyway, thanks for filling in so many gaps in my knowledge in this area! BTW, I would love to hear a podcast sometime on orchards, establishing one, timeframe expectations for harvest, care and conditions required, just general info. Just putting a bug in your ear for future podcast ideas! Thanks again for all the awesomely helpful info!!!
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Jul 7, 2014 6:56 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thanks for the feedback, Lisa, I really appreciate it. Smiling I like the idea of an "Establishing an orchard" podcast and I'll add it to our list of topic ideas for the future. Thumbs up
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