30 Days of Gratitude… 24

30 Days of Gratitude… 24

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′! 😳

Slight Problem…

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!)

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