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Blackberry vines in a chainlink fence.

How do you get rid of blackberry vines naturally?The key to chemical-free success in destroying blackberries will come with persistence. Without leaves to produce food for the roots, they will eventually starve and die. This is a page about how do you get rid of blackberry vines naturally?


Blackberries ripening on a vine.

Growing BlackberriesThis is a page about growing blackberries. In many areas blackberries grow profusely with no help from us. However, if you are thinking of planting some berry bushes in your garden, then this information can be helpful for providing you with a bumper crop.


A large blackberry growing on a blackberry plant.

Choosing a Sweet Blackberry PlantIf you decide to grow blackberries be aware that the different varieties have varying levels of sweetness. This is a page about choosing a sweet blackberry plant.


Strawberry plant in dirt

Strawberry Plants Not ProducingThis is a page about strawberry plants not producing. Sometimes garden plants will flower but fail to fruit. Identifying the cause may allow you to correct the issue.


Growing Berries

Growing BerriesThis page is about growing berries. It is wonderful to have fresh berries available in your garden.


Homemade Strawberry Collars - collar around base of plant

Homemade Strawberry CollarsBy altering a plastic pot scrubber you can make a very effective collar for your strawberry plants, thus protecting the leaves and berries from too much moisture which can lead to fungus damage. This is a page about homemade strawberry collars.


A stack of raspberries.

Growing RaspberriesThis is a page about growing raspberries. Raspberries are delicious whether eaten fresh or used in recipes or jams. Choosing the best variety and learning the requirements for growing and pruning your plants will ensure a bounty of fresh berries.


Using Coffee to Fertilize Strawberries - strawberry plants

Using Coffee to Fertilize Strawberries?What is the best recommended method for using coffee as fertilizer for strawberry plants that are in their second year of growth?


A saskatoon serviceberry bush, with berries.

Growing Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)?The fragrant drooping white flowers in spring are followed by large bluish purple edible berries. The Saskatoon service berry is a medium to large upright shrub native to North America from Alaska across much of western Canada into the western and north-central US. They prefer full sun, but can tolerate light shade. The extensive root system results in clumps and allows it to being grown as a hedge.


A cape gooseberry with fruit.

Growing Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana)The cape gooseberry is a native of Peru. The plant is a perennial and is easy to grow, even from seed, and be spread throughout your garden by birds, who really enjoy the berries. It is a member of the genus Physalis in the nightshade family Solanaceae. Ripe berries are safe to eat and provide a good source of vitamin C. They are also a good source of fiber. Like other members of this plant family the unripe berries, leaves, and flowers are poisonous.


Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - add more soil as needed and plant your choice of plants on top

Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry BasketLine a plastic laundry basket with burlap, fill with soil, cut holes in the sides for some of the plants and you have an inexpensive strawberry planter for your garden. Plant the berries and stand by to enjoy delicious strawberries alone or in recipes.


A hand holding some ripe elderberries.

Harvesting ElderberriesElderberries should be ready for harvest between mid August and mid September. Remove the clusters from the bush and strip the berries from them. One way to quickly remove the berries is with a plastic fork. Refrigerate or freeze.



Ripe Blackberries

Picking the Ripest BlackberriesOptimal sweetness is achieved when the berry is fully ripe. Some berries actually may appear ready to pick when black and shiny, but with some varieties it is when they become less shiny that they are the sweetest. This is a page about picking the ripest blackberries.


Gooseberry Bush

Gooseberry Bush Has Lost All of Its Leaves?Gooseberries can have their foliage ravaged by the gooseberry sawfly larvae. Check for small caterpillars. If found, treat with an insecticidal soap or manual removal methods. This is a page about gooseberry bush has lost all of its leaves.



Do You Need to Plant Strawberries in a Strawberry Pot?Strawberries don't need to be planted in a strawberry pot. They can be planted in the ground, in hanging baskets or a terra cotta pots.


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Everbearing Strawberries Not Producing?My everbearing strawberries are about five years old. For the last three years they have not produced any berries. This year there was not even any flowers on them. The plants are thick but have no fruit.


Picking Blueberries

Picking BerriesThis page is about picking berries. Gathering fruits can be accomplished in different ways to save you time.


Physalis peruviana

Growing Pichuberry (Physalis peruviana)?This page is about Growing Pichuberry (Physalis peruviana). A relative of the tomatillo that is native to high altitude, tropical regions of south america and known for its smooth, orange or yellow berry.


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Fertilizing Raspberry Plants?Can I use coffee grounds and egg shells around my raspberry plants?


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Harvesting and Using Blueberries?How do you harvest and use blueberries? I have heard that they need to be chilled for a time before you can eat them.



Garden: BlueberriesBlueberry season is just around the corner. With just a little more water and sunshine, we will be able to smell the blueberry pies baking in the oven.


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Getting Rid of Raspberry Plants?How do you get rid of raspberry plants? These are non-fruit bearing plants. I keep cutting them back and have sprayed with weed killer and bleach.


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What is a Good Organic Fertilizer for Strawberries?I'm growing 25 strawberry plants in containers. I am trying to grow them only using organic fertilizer. Can you suggest a good organic fertilizer? Right now my plants are lacking in growth and are pale green, not the pretty dark green that you see in pictures. Please help.


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Caring for Strawberry Plants?When checking on strawberry plants, one resource says to toss the main plants and keep the runners; the other resource says to toss the runners and keep the main plant. Does anyone know which is correct?


Raspberries Advice?I desperately want to grow raspberries but last year when I bought several stocks, they QUICKLY died. I think it might be due to lack of water or some heat issues during the summer... but I'm not positive. I have been told that berries in my area is REALLY hard to pull off.


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Wintering Strawberry Plot?I have a strawberry plot and I have been covering it with straw for the winter but do I have to?


Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket - planted basket sitting on stoop

Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry BasketEven if you purchase everything new, this is not an expensive project. I found the laundry basket at the curb, got the potting soil and burlap on sale, and traded plants with a neighbor.


Variety of Berries on White Background

Get Started Growing BerriesFor the amount of effort it requires, growing fruits can sometimes be disappointing. That isn't usually the case with berries. Compared to tree fruits, berries are quick to bear, naturally resistant to pests and disease, and they require relatively little growing space.


Strawberry plants.

Three Systems For Planting StrawberriesThe hill and matted strawberry planting row system are the two most common methods, while growing strawberries in "jars" and hanging baskets works well for gardeners with limited space.


A firethorn plant above a doorway.

Firethorn for the EntryPlant a Pyracantha (Firethorn) in a entry way for a dramatic look. The berries on my bush are orange in the fall and have white flowers in the Spring. This bush grows rather quickly and training to a column or wall is quite easy for a year around decorative effect.



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Growing Raspberries from Seed?I purchased some raspberries from the grocery store. They had a delightful taste and were a great size. Can you plant the seeds to start your own raspberry plants?


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Cutting Back Tame Blackberries?If I bush hog my tame blackberries down this fall, will they come back next spring?


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Growing Raspberries?What do I do with raspberry canes after they have fruited?



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Growing Raspberries?We have a community garden and I am taking a lot for next year. I want to plant raspberries and need information about shade or sun requirements, how close to plant, and watering. Thank you.


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Using Cherry Sawdust in the Garden?Can I use cherry sawdust around my berry plants?


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Growing Blackberries and Raspberries in a Container?Can anyone tell me the best way to grow blackberries and raspberries in containers? I have wild blackberries all around my back yard, but the wildlife beats me to them!


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