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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Transplanting Blackberries

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A couple of days ago, we dug the huge trench to bury the wiring from the solar array to the house.  That trench went right past the "blackberry jungle", which is the affectionate name that J. has given our backyard now that our Triple Crown blackberries are attempting to take it over.  Some of the canes on these plants were over 12 feet long and, as they outgrew our measly trellis and arched over, they dug into the ground below the raised bed and started sprouting babies. 

The trencher had to go through there, so I had about 15 or so plants that I had to evaluate for whether they should be saved or not.  We really want to move the bulk of the blackberries up to the new lots and expand the number that we have, so it makes sense that we move them.  Unfortunately, I didn't have 15 pots and couldn't save them all, but I did manage to save over half.

Unfortunately, this isn't the best time to be transplanting these beauties since it's really stinkin' hot.  I'm really worried that they wilt from the combination of distress from being dug up and the heat if I put them in direct sunlight, so they're resting in the shade of the house for now.  Cool weather can't be far off and we'll transplant them to their final resting spot on the vacant lots once it's here.


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