Message from @Why Tea

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2017-07-23 22:59:10 UTC  

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.

2017-07-23 23:32:32 UTC  

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

2017-07-23 23:33:03 UTC  

Stopped growing tomatoes a while back on account of the stinkbugs

2017-07-24 00:17:49 UTC  

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.

2017-07-24 00:19:28 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 21:29:53 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 21:30:08 UTC  

Is there any gardening books you would recommend?

2017-07-24 21:35:50 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 21:44:34 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 21:46:12 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 22:03:53 UTC  

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.

2017-07-24 22:04:19 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 22:04:35 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 22:04:41 UTC  

If there are different ones.

2017-07-24 22:06:11 UTC  

For blackberries, there definitely are:

2017-07-24 22:08:43 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 22:08:59 UTC  

Just like passion fruit

2017-07-24 22:10:48 UTC  

Definitely a thorny weed!

2017-07-24 22:13:18 UTC  

Oh wow that looks useful.

2017-07-24 22:13:27 UTC  

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

2017-07-24 22:17:19 UTC  

@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.

2017-07-24 22:22:07 UTC  

Thanks for the informative response @Why Tea

2017-07-24 22:23:22 UTC  

I'm trying to find a particular variety that will do well there.

2017-07-24 22:24:21 UTC  

I know they grow wild here