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Expanding our DREAM GARDEN with THORNLESS BLACKBERRIES!


Today we’re going to be adding on to the dream garden a little bit and planting some thornless blackberries some prime Arkansas Freedom blackberries. If this is your first time on our channel Welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button down below and hit that Bell notification button So you get notified every time we come out with a new video and if you are a frequent viewer of our channel It’s always good to have you back. So there’s my dream garden over there all six plots Five of which are currently in production another we’re waiting on a winter rye cover crop to come up and Then right on the very edge here. I’ve got a spot where I’m going to put me some thornless blackberries. So I’ve got the spot here, that’s about 50 foot long and I say it’s about 4 foot wide. So we’re gonna plant Thornless blackberries all up and down this little tilled patch right here And it’ll make a nice little addition to the dream garden Give us a little more fruit to harvest on our homestead. So what I did with this little patch right here is I took my silage tarp. I had it on this plot right here before I planted all this good stuff and So it was easy just to slide it right over here and I folded it up So it was only about that wide as you see that cultivated spot there and 50 foot long Which is the length of those tarps, and that allowed me to Prepare this area without using any herbicides, any round-up anything like that. So that tarp killed off all that grass and then I came in here and I’ve tilled it two or three times every few weeks Just to get it nice and weed free so we can plant our blackberries in here now I do already have a small patch of thornless blackberries on my homestead This is kind of the backend of my property here And I’ve had these growing for four or five years now and they do pretty good I don’t know what the variety is a fellow give them to us. It’s either Apache Navajo or a Arapaho seems like a lot of the Thornless blackberries have Native American names but these do pretty good they produce okay, the problem is They’re not on any kind of irrigation and they’re kind of way back here Hard for me to get back here and water them and a lot of times I forget about it So this last year when we had a real dry spring they didn’t produce very many blackberries now when they do produce them they’re pretty good, but I Want to do another plot over there by the dream garden and put them on irrigation now down here in South, Georgia Wild blackberries grow like crazy in the spring we a lot of times just call them briars But along these wood lines like you see behind me here. It’ll be filled with those wild thorned Blackberries and those things are really good to eat, but they are a pain to harvest because you’re gonna get stuck several times Even getting you a little bucket full, now these thornless blackberries get a lot bigger than those wild ones I will say they’re not quite as sweet as those wild ones but they’re sweet enough and it doesn’t take near as long to pick a pail of these Thornless ones as it does those wild ones so like I mentioned before I’m going to put these on irrigation so I’m a Run drip tape along the length of this little long skinny patch here. So I can keep those blackberries nice and watered, should we get a dry spell like we did last year now I’m having to run my water in the middle of this patch because a water hose won’t reach All the way to either end there so my spigot is way over there At my house, and I’ve got 200 feet of water hose that I use to water these plots in the dream garden And I don’t really don’t want to hook another water hose up to there, but it will reach To this point right here where I’ve got that filter regulator combo So we’ll plug in the water hose right there And then it’s going to feed this mainline and then we’re going to run I think two drip lines On each side of it keep everything nice and watered so two drip lines that way and then two drip lines That away and because we’re planting perennials here these blackberries going to be here for a while We’re going to use this 15 mil tape which comes on these kind of oblong looking rolls. Now drip tape layer will not work with these rolls We’ll have to lay it out by hand But it won’t take long with just four lines and this stuff has a lot longer life span It’s a lot thicker or twice as thick as that eight mil tape. So that’s what we’re going to use here today on this plot. So I’m going to head over to the barn and get my wheel hoe so I can bury these four lines of 15 mil tape And we can get everything hooked up and running and then we’ll talk a little bit more about this prime Arkansas freedom variety that we’re planting today. Tiger, you gonna help plant some blackberries today or you gonna loaf around? Alright, well I’m counting on you. It’s a little bit muddy in here if you can’t tell but Had to do what I got to do I’ve had these plants for a few days. I need to get them in the ground. So I’ve got to plant it when it’s a little wet, it’s supposed to get more rain this weekend So it’s only gonna get wetter. So I want to go ahead get them in the ground. We’ve got our lines installed There are four lines and we’re gonna plant in between those lines on both sides here and I’ll turn off this tape in just a second I just need it to be swelled up there so I can cover it up easier and then we’ll turn it off So let’s cover up that tape and then we’ll be ready to plant some plants in between there. Alright, let’s see what we got here with these plants so this variety like I said earlier is called prime Arkansas freedom and a month or so ago on our Row by Row show I asked our viewers What would be a good blackberry variety to plant and everybody recommended this one this Prime Arkansas freedom was developed at the University of Arkansas. I can’t remember the professor’s name. But it’s supposed to be a really heat tolerant variety really disease resistant which we need down here and The other thing is it will bear fruit twice and so really looking forward to the production on these I’ve got enough plants here to take care of this little area Let’s unwrap them and see what we got here. Looks like maybe some instructions there. Alright, there we go so they put this gel stuff around them so they stay good until you’re ready to plant them. Cut that string right there And There we go we’ve got our plants there and we’ll put those in the ground recommended spaced on these is three to five feet apart and Since I’ve got them on the drip tape, I’m gonna try to plant them about three feet apart I’m gonna go on the closer end of that spectrum there. Now the instructions said not to plant these very deep So I’m just scratching me out a little spot right here. Put tht baby they’re in the ground Get it kind of covered up and up right and that should be good right there. Move on along down the row here Get the rest of them planted. Alright, alright. Alright, we got them planted There’s one there’s another And another and right there about three feet along that row got them planted mud and all some of my tape didn’t get covered up Real good, just cuz it was so wet and the wheel hoe wasn’t running Spectacularly, but that’s alright because we’re gonna come in here with some wheat straw and put around these plants and cover up this whole Cultivated area to give us some weed suppression there And the reason I did it so wide is because these things will form new canes year after year and kind of spread out and sprawl and Want to make sure we got plenty of room for that to happen another reason why I chose this Arkansas freedom variety is because it supposedly doesn’t need trellising like some blackberry varieties do so as long as we keep it pruned back Relatively well, it should just kind of be bushy and put on loads of blackberries now, they do recommend Tipping these once they get about 12 to 18 inches long And then again, once the new growth gets about 30 inches long So that means just coming in there and snipping the top of it cutting that apical meristem and you’ll get a lot more lateral growth and a lot more branching and inevitably a lot more blackberries that way so I expect a lot more out of this blackberry plot than my other one because this is Supposed to be an improved variety and we’ve got it on that drip tape we can keep it nice and fed and Productive if you’ve grown this Prime Arkansas freedom variety before maybe you have it on your homestead now Let me know in the comments below how you like it. How does it perform for you? And if you’ve got any tips and tricks on getting it to perform even better Definitely let me know. I’ll put some links below to our 15 mil drip tape which works great on perennials and also a Link to Ison’s site where I purchased these blackberry plants. I hope you enjoyed this video Give us a big like, give us a big thumbs up, and a share if you did and we’ll see you next time.

36 Comments

  1. Portia Holliday Author

    I enjoy my Babycake thornless blackberries. The deer have not bothered them yet. I LOVE the flowers. The blackberry is in the Rosaceae family. Roses do like their water. I am going to propagate some more. I got it on sale at Lowe's

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  2. Hillbilly Hollar Author

    Had my blackberries in for 5 years now…they just now starting to really produce top notch berries…been a while,but that cobbler is well worth tha wait buddy..👍..

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  3. Farmer Bob Author

    I like the thornless idea big time. I grow Boysenberries and although there’s a thornless variety I have the type with absolutely brutal thorns. Worst time is pruning canes in the winter I get stuck and scratched so many times it looks like a self-sacrifice. The results are worth it though they’re very productive and produce plump berries that aren’t very “seedy”, freeze well and make for incredible pies! Looking forward to following your patch. As always a very enjoyable video.

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  4. Michael Gilbert Author

    Another great video! I have a shipment coming in Friday from the Wildlife Group nursery in Tuskegee. Will have apples, pears, crabapples, blueberry, muscadines, and a japanese persimmon. Will add some blackberry next year.

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  5. Rebellion Point Farms Author

    haha..I am doing blackberries this weekend. Propagated the ones i had last year into about 50 plants. Nice to put them on irrigation

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  6. 1new-man Author

    My thornless blackberry perform great but then that fungus takes over the vine.
    Should I cut them down to the ground now for a fresh start in spring and burn the cut offs?
    Ty Travis Happy New Year LORD bless you & yours!

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  7. Lapis Manalis Author

    Good choice in variety. Prime Ark 45 is what I grow and phewy they are a pretty bramble. I would grow them as an ornamental even if they did not make plump berries. You will see what I mean by how pretty they are this spring. Just a all around pretty plant.

    I'm trailing a new raspberry I got from Willis Orchard (very good little company btw) called Southern BaBa Berry. I've had em in the greenhouse since I got em in October and from the leaf structure they are developing they look to be very physically attractive plants, as well.

    There is definitely ornamental potential in Prime Ark 45. Got a friend who owns a restaurant up in Nantahalla Gorge and they have a nice tunnel of them u walk under to go into the diner.

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  8. William R Author

    Would love to hear more about blackberry care. Like when to prune, how to treat volunteers that pop-up, how to tell the difference between primocanes and floracanes. Thanks from Middle Georgia.

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  9. Sj Smith Author

    Love seeing Tiger in the garden. Hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year!
    Just trimmed back and tied up my boysenberries today. I'm anticipating the berries in Spring too.  
    I got a real proud moment today when I harvested a leek for potato soup tonight. I trimmed it up and it still weighed a WHOLE POUND. They've been in since about June. I experimented with growing transplants (Dixondale) through Summer, and I guess you can say it was a success! I may try planting some seeds soon to see if I can get same results as Dixondale.

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  10. Robin Miller Author

    I have Chester and Black Satin thornless Blackberry vines. Zone 5b….they perform well. I keep them mulched with wood chips to keep weeds at bay and moisture in. Would love to expand but it gets hard on a half acre suburban lot. How often do you fertilize?

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  11. Homestead in the Suburbs Author

    I have 2 year old Prime Ark Thornless Blackberries and so far so good. They like to be fed. The berries are huge, over 1 inch. I'm about to prune my bushes. I'm a suburban gardener so only have about 6 bushes, but they're amazing and being thornless is such a blessing.

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  12. Zeebra237 Author

    From Internet: Well-established plants can produce up to 20,000 pounds per acre. All these features make blackberries an attractive crop for commercial fruit and vegetable growers. But these people are 1) planting without drip tape so they plant fewer bushes. 2) They might not get a second yield. Drip tape can increase my yield by a third. 27,000 pounds of berries sounds like a lot of work but a lot of money.

    My one suggestion is that you not let the land lie fallow so much. I would lay out compost and vermicompost. I would add a cover crop and plant my main crop as close as possible over my drip tape.

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  13. wayne busse Author

    Several years ago I planted 500 Tripple Crown thornless plants. They were wonderful, huge, sweet berries and our customers loved them. Sadly, four years ago, the Indonesian two spotted fruit fly made it to Indiana. The fruit fly lays eggs in under ripe fruit and hatch out as maggots as the fruit ripens. One bite of a berry with fly maggots in it will have you spitting out the nastiest tasting thing ever to hit your tongue. Now I bush hog them off twice a year and mourn their loss. Sprays aren't effective as the fly doesn't eat the fruit, just lands and lays eggs inside the fruit. The spray has to contact the fly to kill it so who wants to spay a broad spectrum insecticide like Malation every couple days as an air blast like they do for mosquitos in Florida. More importantly, who would want to eat them? I hope they aren't there in South Georgia. It was a no-brainer that we wouldn't sell many berries if we put a disclaimer on the berries, " please eat sour, under ripe fruit promptly, before maggots hatch out in the fruit! "

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  14. MrFoamheart Author

    Have you thought of using some T-posts and either string or hog wire to let the vines run run up and be held? Its just a very little work and would not cost mush to control the plants making it much easier to harvest. Just a thought.

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  15. Angie1111 Author

    I just put out some tarp where I want my garden this year. I thought that thing was going to kill ,
    Me dragging it. I will have to hand dig my garden, don't have a tiller yet but my 13 year old daughter is helping👍. Blackberries are part of my dream orchard future.

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  16. Kenyon Author

    Planning my summer garden I was looking though your seeds @https://hosstools.com/product-category/premium-garden-seeds. was thinking if you put links to videos that you have done on each seed it would help me to make my mind up on what I want to buy.

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  17. Mark V Author

    I live in New Mexico and I run my drip lines above ground. The rats and mice chew holes in the lines periodically. Will burying the lines prevent the rodents from chewing holes in them or will the rodents dig down and chews holes in them anyway. Thanks for posting and God Bless…

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  18. Penny Budinsky Author

    I’m sure you didn’t mean to do this but when you go to that nursery from your link below, there is zero mention of a 20% coupon that they are offering. Glad I checked because I spent $300😳

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  19. The Millennial Gardener Author

    I’m in the process of putting in a raised bed for blackberries and I’ve been eyeing up the Prime Ark Freedom for about 2 years, but I have been concerned because I’m Zone 8a and they don’t recommend outside of 8 (I would like a one zone buffer). But since you’re in 8b and warmer than me, I’m curious how they’ll do for you.

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