by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 18, 2017)
One of my fondest childhood memories is that of visiting my aunt and uncle's home in the country. The moment Dad stopped the car I bounded to the kitchen, grabbed a pail, and raced my brother to the top of the craggy hill. In the summer heat of the early afternoon, we clamored the path to the patch of spruce trees sheltering the wild blackberry bushes. Despite the thorns on the stalks, our small fingers furiously plucked the sun-warmed, black, succulent berries, leaving the green berries on the stalks to further ripen. Invariably, at the end of the blackberry search, our pails held only a few berries. Our stomachs held the rest of our harvest.
All berries grow in the wild. Left untamed, they may produce large berries, but the birds and rabbits may eat them before you can harvest them. You can grow huge berries in your garden, encourage them with a little maintenance, protect them from animals, and then enjoy the fruits of summer.
Follow these simple steps to grow huge raspberries and blackberries:
The key to growing huge berries is finding the balance between plenty of direct sunlight, while simultaneously retaining moisture in the soil. Constantly check the mulch and compost around your plants. Add enough to retain the moisture, but not so much that the plants develop mold at the roots. Most gardeners recommend planting berry bushes on a sloped hill. That way, the cold air will waft down and away from the plants. Remember—the more sunlight and less shade, the larger your berries will grow.
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