>>>>> While it is a decided pain to do, I prefer wild blackberries when I
>>>>> can get them. Our domestic blackberries have produced diddly in the
>>>>> two or three years we've had them. I'm seriously thinking of yanking
>>>>> them out and replacing them with the old-fashioned Doyle's thornless
>>>>> blackberries, they have a better reputation for producing in about any
>>>>> climate from USDA Zone 2 through Zone 10.
>>>> Have you grown these before? How do they taste? (my favorite is
>>>> "Youngberry", but it's kind of tart for eating fresh, and its thorns
>>>> are especially vicious.) Do DTB'd "tip" like other blackberries, so I
>>>> could start with just 1 or 2 plants?
>>>> I didn't think there were any blackberry varieties that would grown up
>>>> here in zone 4. This is kind of exciting. (now if I can just find a
>>>> good northern peach...)
>>> Try this URL instead Bob. This page says zones 3 through 10.
>> Yep, I looked them up when you first mentioned 'em. I wondered if you
>> had any experience with them, or just what you read at the F&B website.
> I vaguely remember someone on an old gardening list I was on talking about
> how they bore tons of berries. I think she was in Kentucky someplace but
> don't remember exactly. She swore by them as her folks had a couple of
> them. I think she grew one plant on an arbor.
See, around here, blackberries grow wild and like to come in the middle of
your yard due to birds carrying the seeds. And then they intertwine
themselves with the stuff in your Garden
and make it hard for you to remove.
They're considered more of a nuisance here. But I still want to find a
vacant lot or field somewhere and pick them. They'll be ripening up about
mid August. Too hot this week to do anything much outside (it's supposed to
be 94F today and by Wednesday, 97).