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Jul 15, 2020 - 7:45:49 AM
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I'm a TOWN boy, not a farm kid.

Didn't know the difference.

My ape-est apologies!

 

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Neighbor drove me up to Sheboygan to get a small trailer, since MY car doesn't have a hitch yet.
The trailer itself is 4x4, with a fiberglass enclosure.
Opens from the side, like a clamshell.
Should be dang handy for hauling stuff to Art & Crap fairs.

Back when I had a smaller scooter, and a different car, WITH a hitch, I bought one of those big metal mesh trays that mounts on the back. Thought it would be handy for hauling my scooter around.
Actually sagged the back SO low, that the tray would scrape the pavement if I hit ANY significant bump.
And NOW, my new scooter is quite a bit bigger. So, NO WAY it's going on that tray.

So I asked him if he'd like it.
He would.
Had it leaning against the outside of the garage, with plants growing through the mesh.
Went over with my clippers to cut it free, and discovered that the thorny weeds---- which I have rather ignored since I moved in, back in 2012---- were BLACKBERRY canes.
So, this morning, in abut 2 minutes, I harvested 2/3 cup of damn near WILD blackberries.

Rinsed 'em off, Ate 'em up.

thank you, Mother Nature
More tomorrow.

Edited by - mike gregory on 07/15/2020 15:08:52

Jul 15, 2020 - 8:35:54 AM
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rinemb

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12401 posts since 5/24/2005

Wow. I bet you can't wait for next year's harvest, and that second bowl of berries. ;-)
I hope you included a good pour of heavy cream on those. Brad

Sorry, i just read you will have more tomorrow.  quite to farmer now, eh.  Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 07/15/2020 08:36:52

Jul 15, 2020 - 8:40:39 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16705 posts since 6/5/2008

What a pleasant surprise! Nothing quite like a handful of the wild.

Over the years, I've gone berry picking with a shovel and a few buckets to move things home.
Any shrubbery at my place has to earn it's keep.

Jul 15, 2020 - 9:31:54 AM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

there have been over 5 gals picked in my 1 third acre meadow ----that i have permanent mower swathes in. about every 20 feet . The blackberries like to roam --it seems --like hostas
My better half is a wino -wanna be

Jul 15, 2020 - 10:27:37 AM

10336 posts since 1/15/2005

First time I have ever heard of them on "canes" ...... ours are on briars ..... and I have never eaten one that wasn't "free range"! If you come back from picking them and are bleeding profusely from the scratches, you ain't ever been on a serious blackberry pickin'!

Jul 15, 2020 - 10:49:45 AM
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Jul 15, 2020 - 11:32:30 AM
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wizofos

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5567 posts since 8/19/2012

We have about 400' along our property lines that have a lot of blackberry canes. We also have blueberry bushes, not wild. If we are lucky they both get ripe about the same time and make the best mixed berry jam you have ever had. Grandkids even volunteer to pick them and help make the jam for a pint of the result. It must be good to get a 10 and 13 year old to pick wild blackberries.

Jul 15, 2020 - 12:17:18 PM

9474 posts since 8/22/2006

You need to encourage those blackberries to hang around
Mike. Maybe provide them with something else to grow on and fertilize them before the next growing season. We have wild muscadines around our place and ever so often I throw some fertilizer out for them.

Jul 15, 2020 - 12:55 PM

72417 posts since 5/9/2007

When I got this land in 1986 it hadn't been used for 100 years.Used to be a chicken farm.
The ancient blackberry runners were 20-30 feet long with 3/4" thorns.It took us two days to cut our way in to the house site,600' from the road.

We each had two 1x12x8' boards to throw down and cut another 8' of runners.

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:18:04 PM
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DC5

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12093 posts since 6/30/2015

Wild blackberries are the only ones I eat, if I can get to them before the birds. Remove the brown canes every year after harvest, blackberries will grow next year on the new green canes. The brown ones only lead to further entanglement.

I had some wild black raspberries growing right by the mailbox for years, then one year they simply stopped growing.

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:30:34 PM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

those 5 gallons were picked this year--- I think my wife's friends lost enthusiasm quickly though. most of the berries-- were picked by her and are fermenting as we speak ---the home schooler of 3 little -ones -------is coming back for a second round though--- I don't pick nor eat the berries

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:36:29 PM

1940 posts since 2/10/2013

I used to get raspberries and blackberries in the woods where a small burn had happened.
Kept my eye out for black bear. I made sure I gave them lots of room. American Indians had controlled burns to create food for themselves and to attract game which foraged as things that grew back.

When I lived in Michigan there was "controlled" burn in the Upper Peninsula. Believe it or not a swamp caught fire and burned for quite a while. Yes - a swamp !!! I know it is hard to understand how this could happen but it did.  Must haves been a lot of methane gas down there.

Edited by - Richard Hauser on 07/15/2020 13:39:27

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:50:20 PM
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Brian T

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16705 posts since 6/5/2008

I've seen swamps burn. Huge thick layer of dead veg that dried out.
We get some wildfires like that which burn underground for the entire winter
under the snow and flare up again in the spring.

I had an idea to stick in a row of raspberry canes this year but never got to it.
I might try to clone cuttings off the neighbor's canes.

Jul 15, 2020 - 1:54:57 PM

10336 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by DC5

Wild blackberries are the only ones I eat, if I can get to them before the birds. Remove the brown canes every year after harvest, blackberries will grow next year on the new green canes. The brown ones only lead to further entanglement.

I had some wild black raspberries growing right by the mailbox for years, then one year they simply stopped growing.


Dave ..... when you refer to "canes", are your blackberries the same as the ones here in the south ...... on briars?  Funny, as I have picked them all my life and never heard of the briars called "canes".

Jul 15, 2020 - 2:00:14 PM
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Briars are manageable, and the discomfort fleeting. Chiggers are the real enemy that one must either vanquish with excessive quantities of repellent or else suffer the consequences for several days. Here's an enlarged image of a Southern Chigger.


 

Edited by - SimonSlick on 07/15/2020 14:07:55

Jul 15, 2020 - 2:55:05 PM

72417 posts since 5/9/2007

When I go berrying I cut two 1 gal. milk jugs' tops off,but still leaving the handles.
Strap them onto my belt through the handles like 2 pistol holsters leaving both hands free and a barrier between myself and the thorns.

Jul 15, 2020 - 3:05:54 PM

763 posts since 9/7/2005

I always look forward to road trips in far northern California and Oregon in the summer. Blackberries are taking over the state and on back roads you can pull over anywhere and just gorge for hours on blackberries. There are so many that you do not have to work into the hedge to get them, just pick the easy ones to get to as they are everywhere by the buckets worth. Out of easy picking? Just move down the road another 100 feet and start over. Your hands will be black with juice stains for days though but they are oh so good. Jam, cereal, pies and by the bowl, no sugar needed, just gorge for about a month. First flush is the best, fatter, juicier, sweeter, as big as your thumb in the first picking. Yummm. Free, no pesticides, no work except for the picking and eating! Love you Mother Nature......most of the time!

Jul 15, 2020 - 3:11:32 PM

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Sorry about not knowing which was whom.

Jul 15, 2020 - 3:14:40 PM
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DC5

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12093 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by DC5

Wild blackberries are the only ones I eat, if I can get to them before the birds. Remove the brown canes every year after harvest, blackberries will grow next year on the new green canes. The brown ones only lead to further entanglement.

I had some wild black raspberries growing right by the mailbox for years, then one year they simply stopped growing.


Dave ..... when you refer to "canes", are your blackberries the same as the ones here in the south ...... on briars?  Funny, as I have picked them all my life and never heard of the briars called "canes".


Big tangled thorny patches, same thing as briars.  Each cane is a single stalk from the ground, though will branch if they got broken in growth.  The berries only grow on last years growth, so if you don't cut out the old growth it really becomes a nasty mess.  Wild berries don't get the old canes cut, so you end up with a briar patch, or as we say up here, a pricker bush.  That bush probably got * out by the bad word catcher so picture a rick after the p.  We also get blackberries that sprawl along the ground, not on tall canes. 

Jul 15, 2020 - 4:55:41 PM

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We bull-dozed most of them,but left 1/2 acre or so for future pies.

Jul 15, 2020 - 5:47:01 PM
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I'm sorely tempted to head on up to Maine, just to see half-acre pie!

Jul 15, 2020 - 5:51:55 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by SimonSlick

Briars are manageable, and the discomfort fleeting. Chiggers are the real enemy that one must either vanquish with excessive quantities of repellent or else suffer the consequences for several days. Here's an enlarged image of a Southern Chigger.


Evil little bass turds for sure. 

I have made wine from blackberries it's hard to do because of the acidic nature of the berry. Had to use more yeast than any other wine I made but it turned out Prety petty perty hic puppy hic good :-')

Jul 15, 2020 - 7:42:21 PM

Owen

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Originally posted by Richard Hauser


<snip> When I lived in Michigan there was "controlled" burn in the Upper Peninsula. Believe it or not a swamp caught fire and burned for quite a while. Yes - a swamp !!! I know it is hard to understand how this could happen but it did.  Must haves been a lot of methane gas down there.


A wet swamp, or a dryish one?  https://globalnews.ca/news/2801887/burns-bog-fire-how-bog-fires-burn-and-why-theyre-difficult-to-combat/   45+ years ago, for a few years I worked in N.E. MB [it's actually in the S.E. but as it borders Canadian Shield country it gets referred to as "North"] where peat fires were a common occurrence.... they'd often burn under the snow, throughout the winter;  on calm fall days, the smoke was so thick  it was impossible to see the road well enough to drive.

....now back to berry pickin'.

Edited by - Owen on 07/15/2020 19:48:51

Jul 15, 2020 - 7:57:08 PM

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i go back behind the shop and along the back of the pasture behind the barn and with kerosene rags on my ankles ,, and pick till i get tired. we freeze them and my wife loves'em.
 

blackberry boogie,, tennessee ernie rockin it .........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgN0D6AkUTk

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:06:12 AM

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I love the BHO. Never realised until now that Br'er Rabbit "born and bred in a briar patch" referred to brambles. I spend a lot of time removing them from my garden but also a lot of time collecting blackberries from the acres of brambles in nearby Epping Forest (along with sloes for sloe gin). They ripen at about the same time as the cooking apples on my tree - so late August/early September is blackberry and apple pie time.

Jul 16, 2020 - 5:19:40 AM
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DC5

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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

I love the BHO. Never realised until now that Br'er Rabbit "born and bred in a briar patch" referred to brambles. I spend a lot of time removing them from my garden but also a lot of time collecting blackberries from the acres of brambles in nearby Epping Forest (along with sloes for sloe gin). They ripen at about the same time as the cooking apples on my tree - so late August/early September is blackberry and apple pie time.


"England and America are two countries divided by a common language."  (supposedly G.B. Shaw)

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