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Blackberry (and Blueberry) Fields Forever
Two weeks ago, Dan and I installed 74 locust posts in our new blackberry field. Blackberries last anywhere from 15-40 years, with canes (branches) reaching up to 12’, so most growers will install a permanent trellis to facilitate airflow, maintenance, and harvest. The first and only time Dan and I did this was in 2008, when each post hole was dug by hand. I don’t remember much about that installation except that it was grueling. This year’s installation was much easier, thanks to our tractor-powered auger. Plenty of follow-up digging was required, but we didn’t expect the job to require no digging. Once we developed a rhythm, the job went smoothly and quickly. In fact, I think we only argued once. Read more...
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