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uwApoligist

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You don't even really have to do that much for black berries to propagate.  We used to just cut a quick slit in the soil with a spade or shovel.  Then just jam that tip in the slit.  Leave some of the end sticking out. 

The plant will love it.  The main roots will feed all the way through to the tip, while it establishes roots.  Once it gets enough roots it will cut itself and you will now have 3 shoots.

This is pretty close to how blackberries spread on their own.  You will often see mature plants sending out runners, those runners will hug the ground until they find a spot then they will dive in and create a new root base.  



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You don't even really have to do that much for black berries to propagate.  We used to just cut a quick slit in the soil with a spade or shovel.  Then just jam that tip in the slit.  Leave some of the end sticking out. 

The plant will love it.  The main roots will feed all the way through to the tip, while it establishes roots.  Once it gets enough roots it will cut itself and you will now have 3 shoots.

This is pretty close to how blackberries spread on their own.  You will often see mature plants sending out runners, those runners will hug the ground until they find a spot then they will dive in and create a new root base.  




Thanks, I had seen that as an option as well, and may try it to.  I'll see what works best given our soil and such here.
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I just learned something that you veterans at this probably already knew - blackberries can be propagated by cuttings.  Some of my new shoots are getting to the size where they need to be tipped - they've grown 4 feet in a month.

So, I'm going to cut off some of the top, dip it in dip 'n grow, and stick it in some potting soil.  When they have roots, and I'll add them to the patch so I can have even more next year.

I am also designing my non-lethal squirrel, bird, and deer defense system.  If that doesn't work, well, there's other ways....

I caught a kingsnake in the yard yesterday.  I relocated it by the apple tree.  I'm hoping it sticks around there and takes care of the squirrels for me.


I'm glad to hear you aren't a snake killer

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I'm glad to hear you aren't a snake killer


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Spent all day yesterday putting up fences and barriers to keep the varmints and birds  outta my berries.  I also buried a couple tips as udub suggested to get some more plants going.

From this point forward, squirrels and birds are officially designated as exempt from the "kill only what you eat" rule.  They join the predators list, which have kill on sight orders.

Gotta do apple treet varmint protection next weekend.  We've got 4 apple varieties making baby apples from last year's grafts.  I wanna see them to maturity so I can see what they're like.

Plus, this'll be a good dry run for next year.  All 7 other varieties I added this spring are doing really well so far.  Hoping I get to pick some apples next year.
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My Dad tried Preen and I don't think it works.  I use Round Up with a 2 gallon sprayer around my yard, haven't killed a tree in 40 years unless I meant to.  I can spray around okra plants, sunflowers, shrubs, without killing the plant
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Preen...thats a blast from my past. We had a 5 acre piece that had a long gravel driveway up to the main house. My old man dumped plenty of Preen in that. Didn't work fer sh*t.
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Roundup.  Every 30 days.  
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We had old thick wire from the farm and then, we use some chicken wire on it as well.  The big wire panels are idea and we can use snap hooks to hold the corners together.  That makes it easy to open an entrance up and weed.  

BTW, I use Preen to try to keep the weeds down but, to be honest, I think it is a waste of time.  I really don't see a difference.  

Finally, we have moles invading my yard.  Anyone have a solution?


Was it you or oldscout that we did an armadillo thread on years ago?  We may have covered moles

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What's it doing to you?
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I don't get it on my plants, you're the one with all the ailments
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Maybe yours just haven't shown up yet..............
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That's possible but maybe I ate better than you to begin with
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I hope you did..........
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Let's hope that hurricane season doesn't tear up any of your gardens.




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I have picked about 100 fresh tomatoes so far, tomatoes need sun Coach, at least 6 hours
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