Blackberry battles

So I took an hour this morning to do battle with the blackberries again.  Last year’s post on this subject brought up a lot of emotions from myself and others.  This year I felt more like a warrior doing battle to penetrate into an enemy’s fortress.  But for me it was using the machete to get to the stems of the blackberry vines.

This year I actually feel like we are making progress in our battles against the blackberries.  Between the macheteing, the goats, and the tractor, I am seeing less vines in areas we don’t want them.  Now we have the battles against the nettles, comfrey, morning glory and foxglove…..

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6 Responses to Blackberry battles

  1. Jackie Craw says:

    There will always be some weed to get rid of. Over here it is Knapweed. It is actually a native of the Middle East and somehow landed over her. It is VERY noxious. Thank goodness the goats and sheep like to eat it. I’d much rather have blackberry vines to deal with. At least with those I’d get edible berries, and fond childhood memories. Good luck with the other weed battles.
    Jackie

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  2. Randy says:

    I’d keep the morning glories and foxglove. I love them both! And blackberries! Yum-o! I’ll trade you. You can have my dandelions and these tiny purple flowers things that grow next to the house and behind the chickens.
    ~Randy

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  3. Donna says:

    We keep some of the blackberries but not the ones in the yard. I am threatening to make blackberry wine this fall. The morning glory and foxglove are pretty but they kill, the morning glory other plants and the foxglove the critters ( although they don’t seem to like to eat it). And I know knapweed is a problem from time I spent in Idaho. I am glad the sheep and goats like it!

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  4. Lake Boren Al says:

    Let us know if there are foxglove left. We’ll transplant them.

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  5. Lake Boren Al,
    I am sure there will be plenty again. Let me know a good transplant time and we will make arrangements.
    Donna

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