New Support for Blackberries

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Blackberry SupportHere at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will be assembling a new support for our blackberry crop.  This year the plants dramatically outgrew their existing supports and we were reluctant to cut them back at the risk of reducing the crop.  Now that they have dropped their leaves and become dormant we can begin the process of replacing the support system. 

This is an ideal time of year to add structural changes to your garden – particularly around fruit trees and plants as the plants are dormant and stand less chance of being disturbed or damaged.

I have chosen a linked Roman arch to create a pergola at the back of the Kitchen Garden.  This will give the blackberries plenty of room to spread out.   Gripple wires will be added to the framework to make it easy to neatly tie in the blackberry stems each year. 

Adding new structures is always exciting and I’m looking forward to the finished result. 


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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