Berries

The days are get­ting busier and busier. i can’t believe we’re only one week from plant­ing the fields! In the mean­time, we’ve been plant­ing the kitchen gar­den and putting in berry patches. We ordered 12 rasp­ber­ries plants, 6 black­berry plants and about 60 straw­berry plants. They all came dor­mant and bare-rooted, wrapped in plas­tic. The rasp­berry and black­berry plants basi­cally looked like lit­tle sticks with roots on them.

It’s nice to have a rea­son to be happy about rainy, cloudy days this spring. It’s much bet­ter for the plants  to trans­fer them when it’s wet and over­cast. Luck­ily, Tues­day morn­ing, when Mom and I planted the berry patch, was pretty gloomy. First, we mea­sured out a spot for them between the drive way and the tilled fields. Our berry patch is 24′ x 9′. We have 3 rows of rasp­ber­ries 6′ apart (4 plants each) and 2 rows of black­ber­ries (3 plants each). Each plant is 3′ apart. We planted them right into the ground, sur­round­ing each bush/stick with a cou­ple good shovel-fulls of com­post. Next, we took card­board and cov­ered the ground all around the plants to smother the grass and weeds. Mom’s been going to a bike shop and pick­ing up card­board boxes for the last cou­ple of months, so we have a lot of big card­board boxes saved up in the garage. We laid down com­post around the rows of plants and wood-chips (free, from some tree guys that were chip­ping logs up the street) down on the paths.

Card­board, com­post and chips

Then we planted the straw­berry plants in the com­post between the black­berry and rasp­ber­ries bushes.

We’ve since had to put up tem­po­rary fenc­ing around the perime­ter to keep the dogs from chew­ing on the black­berry and rasp­berry sticks/bushes.
Unfor­tu­nately we prob­a­bly won’t get any straw­ber­ries this year but we should have rasp­ber­ries and black­ber­ries by the fall! We have also planted 10 blue­berry bushes in the wet area between our two fields.
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