Today I was surprised by a little bit of sweetness in the greenhouse.
It’s part of a problem I’m going to have to deal with…
…but I’m thankful for it nonetheless.
Navajo Thornless Blackberry
Two years ago, I found a Navajo thornless blackberry in one of the garden centers here.
According to the tag, it grew to a height of 1.5m (5′) and has no thorns! “Perfect” says I … “I’ll plant it in an empty spot in my 9m2 polytunnel, in the back yard.”
By about half-way through the first growing season, I could see that it was not obeying it’s tagged height limit, and was going to need to be moved. I did move it at the end of the season, over to a spot at the corner of the chicken coop… it would be a win-win since it would give a bit of shade to the hens and I could tie the very long canes to the coop for support.
All in all we have some canes that reach a good 7-8′! 😳
When I moved the plant, I must’ve missed a little bit of root, because another Navajo Blackberry has grown back up in the same spot… in the greenhouse!
Hmph… I can see I’m going to have to get serious with those roots!
In the meantime however, today, as I was puttering in the greenhouse, I was able to taste the first big blackberry of the season. It was sweet and sooo juicy…
… and for that, I’m grateful!
(ps. if you ever pick up a Navajo… plant it somewhere where it’ll have lots of room to spread!)