|My Blackberry Christmas Gift - 2 Blackberry plants|
Planting My Blackberry Christmas Gift
If you've been following this blog for a while you will recall that I received a newspaper clipping this past Christmas (2011) as a gift - a little piece of paper showing me what was to arrive this spring:
Well, they have arrived and it is time for them to be planted in my garden.
|The hole has been dug and I placed some of my garden compost in the bottom of the hole.|
1. Make sure that the nighttime temperatures are above freezing before planting. Since winter has skipped over southeastern Michigan this year - I was able to plant them only a few days after they arrived in the mail.2. I have 2 Blackberry bushes - so the next step is to pick a sunny location in your yard or garden and dig 2 holes about 8 feet apart. Each hole should be as deep as the roots and a little extra depth for some compost (about 8 or 9 inches deep total).
3. Place some garden compost in the bottom each hole (about 2 inches depth).
4. Gently remove the plastic pot and place your plant in each hole and push the remaining topsoil (that you dug away from the hole) into the hole and push the dirt up to the base of the Blackberry cane (or stalk - just above where the roots started) (see picture below).
5. Now water your Blackberry bush and ENJOY! (you only have to wait 2 to 3 years before harvest.......patience is the nature of growing fruit).
|Blackberry bush planted and watered.|