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LITTLE COOKS


Blackberry PICKING


How to grow thornless blackberries at home...


Blackberries are an easy plant to grow at home. They are happy in soil that other plants don’t like, but be careful some of them can grow very quickly! There are lots of lovely thornless varieties like Loch Ness or Oregon Thornless which will grow in pots. They won’t prick your fi ngers or take over your garden.


YOU WILL NEED A thornless blackberry plant A large pot with holes in the bottom Old bricks Soil or compost 3 bamboo canes String or wire


or more) with drainage holes in the bottom. You can raise the pot up on some bricks to help the water escape.


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them at the bottom near the soil, trying not to get the leaves wet.


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It’s important to support the stems. Pop three bamboo poles into the soil around


the plant and tie the tops together with wire or string so that the poles look like a small tipi.


When the plants are young they like to be watered a couple of times a week. Water


Plant your blackberry plant between October and March in a large pot (5 gallons


With blackberry season now in full swing, India Langley from Bristol based Forest School, Earthwise, has the best tips for family foraging trips and growing your own


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