Blackberry bonanza...

22 January, 2015

The blackberries have well and truly taken over from the other berries as the best performing berry of January.

I'm quite happy with this arrangement as the raspberries have really slackend off (I'm barely getting a handful a week now) and the strawberries didn't really like that bit of hot weather we had a while back (before all this lovely temperate summer we've been enjoying, yay for no 40+ degree days!) and are only now getting back to flowering.

But the blackberries. Oh my.

The blackberries are both thornless varieties (one called 'Waldo' and another I can't recall the name of and appear to have neglected to document in my gardening book) which I think from memory were planted in 2013. Last year in early 2014 I got a few berries from the plants.

But this year they have gone beserk.

Like all berries they have to be netted. I have them grown on wires strung up between star pickets, so they are relatively easy to net (just chuck a net over the whole thing and weigh down with bricks).

There is a multitude of still ripening red berries, but joy of joys there are lots of rotund blackberries ready to go.




I've been picking at least 2-3 handfuls most days.


Some of them have been amazingly fat berries.


Most of the time they get squished to a blackberry-y juicy mess then I add a dollop of yoghurt. But lately I've been saving most of them for a spot of preserving.

Yay for blackberries.

13 comments:

  1. Oooh, they look yummy! I'm definitely going to put some in this year. I put in raspberries last year after drooling over your posts and photos of them. Got a handful this summer, and hoping for great things this season.

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    1. They are totally worth it - you won't regret it!

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  2. Blackberry and apple jam is my absolute favourite! Round here I have to go foraging for blackberries and they're never big juice ones like yours. Wish I had space to grow some here …

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    1. Yes, I'm totally with you. I also love a good blackberry and apple crumble. Mmmmm.
      I also forage for blackberries, but they generally ripen around March here, so hopefully they will just extend the season. The wild thorny blackberries are nowhere near as big as these cultivated one, obviously bred for size as well as thornlessness.
      The plants don't take up a lot of room - they are growing against a fence in about a 2m long x 0.5m wide space, about 2m high. I'd say they are very well worth the space. Especially as I've underplanted with lettuce and have trombonico zucchini growing up the blackberry plants.

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  3. Just gorgeous. You are getting me all antsy to get some berry bushes in the ground....definitely part of the plan for this year.

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    1. Cheers. The berry plants are so worthwhile - quick to produce and so delicious, and as they don't transport well you can pick them at peak ripeness for the perfect tasty berry. I wish I'd put them in years ago.

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  4. Oh Bek this has been very helpful. Finding a thornless blackberries variety in Australia is high on my to do list. Thankyou :)

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    1. Cheers - I got the variety 'Waldo' from diggers (I think I got the other variety I can't find the name of from them too, but I can only find 'Waldo' on their website) but there are lots of places you can get them. My pleasure. I hope they reward you with a multitude of berries.

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    2. By any chance do you have thornless blueberries or raspberries growing too? Is there such a variety?

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    3. The blueberries I have aren't thorny, and I think they are pretty standard types. I've never heard of thornless raspberries, but they arent thorny, more they have prickly stems. They arent a problem when harvesting, just annoying when pruning.

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  5. Hi Bek,

    I just left you the above comment which I think will come through as anonymous. The way your comment system is set up only allows me to comment as a google account but I have several and sometimes it picks either anonymous or the wrong account. Have you thought of allowing people to comment as a name and URL (I know spam might be a consideration)?

    Liz @ suburbantomato

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    1. Hi liz. Obviously your anonymous comment didnt come through. I will look into the commenting options and see what I can do :)

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