Messsage from Deleted User in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #gardening

Why Tea 2017-07-23 22:59:10  

Hi, everyone. Your friend Why Tea here. My wife and I do a bit of gardening, and between the two of us and her father, we've got over a lifetime's experience. She was raised on a farm in the Northwest, and I'm from the Southeast, so we've got a bit of range there. At home here we currently have blueberry bushes, strawberries, a ton of tomatoes (of course) and we're also doing cantaloupe and an entire bed of sweet potatoes this year.

Deleted User 2017-07-23 23:32:32  

Awesome man our blackberries and raspberries are just starting to ripen. About two weeks out. 300 plants!

Deleted User 2017-07-23 23:33:03  

Stopped growing tomatoes a while back on account of the stinkbugs

Why Tea 2017-07-24 00:17:49  

We have a huge blackberry bush, but we're going to rip it out, they are big and juicy, but even after several seasons, this variety just doesn't taste sweet. The raspberry bush hasn't ever taken off, unfortunately.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 00:19:28  

300 plants is serious. I've got acreage and want to fill it with blueberries and strawberries.

Nova 2017-07-24 21:29:53  

@Why Tea Hey there, thanks for doing this by the way.

Nova 2017-07-24 21:30:08  

Is there any gardening books you would recommend?

texan- tx 2017-07-24 21:35:50  

@Why Tea I love black berries! Do you know if I can grow them in a hot 100 degree climate like East Texas?

Louis Loire - NY 2017-07-24 21:44:34  

berries seem to grow best in the North East or at least to my knowledge black/blue/raspberries grow wild all over NY esp upstate

Nova 2017-07-24 21:46:12  

Can confirm, I see a shit ton of em where I am.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:03:53  

Well, raspberries won't do well, they have to be further north, but blackberries do fine here in GA. There are a number of varieties. It doesn't get quite as hot here, but they still do fine. Really well. I don't have to actively water them or anything. It may be too hot or too dry where you are.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:04:19  

The main thing is to make sure what you're trying to grow, as you asked, will work in your climate zone.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:04:35  

And be sure to get a variety that does best in that zone.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:04:41  

If there are different ones.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:06:11  

For blackberries, there definitely are:

Lebens 2017-07-24 22:08:43  

Bonus- blackberries grow like weeds. Very invasive, they love water

Lebens 2017-07-24 22:08:59  

Just like passion fruit

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:10:48  

Definitely a thorny weed!

Nova 2017-07-24 22:13:18  

Oh wow that looks useful.

Nova 2017-07-24 22:13:27  

Alright I'll have to check it out, thanks.

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:17:19  

@texan- tx Looks like you're in Zone 8 in East Texas, and all the blackberry stock I looked at grows in zones 5-9 so you're good.