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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.

texan- tx 2017-07-24 22:22:07  

Thanks for the informative response @Why Tea

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:23:22  

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

texan- tx 2017-07-24 22:24:21  

I know they grow wild here

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:24:26  

For example, this: ".A NEW thornless blackberry USDA cultivar called ‘Sweetie Pie’ was released that is resistant to disease, heat tolerant but tastes delicious. This cultivar, tested as MSUS119, came from a cross between ‘Navaho’ and MSUS29. MSUS29 is a seedling from a cross of [Humble x Brazos] x Navaho. ‘Sweetie Pie’ was selected at Poplarville, Mississippi in 1996. It was subsequently propagated and tested at McNeill, Mississippi, as well as in trial plantings in Louisiana and Arkansas. ‘Sweetie Pie’ grows vigorously and produces numerous floricanes, which are thornless and have a trailing growth habit."

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:25:00  

I'd say if it does well in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, this will work in Texas : )

Why Tea 2017-07-24 22:25:20  

So see if you can find that. Bonus--thornless!

texan- tx 2017-07-24 22:25:29  

Thanks man I'll try and find some seeds online

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-24 22:32:50  

The wild Blackberries grow to be as big as half dollars here

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-24 22:36:27

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-24 22:37:20  

A picture from this year, they only got up to a little over the size of a quarter at best. Last year they were huge. Biggest I've ever seen

Deleted User 2017-07-24 22:39:08  

Our first year they were pretty bitter. These year they're much sweeter. We keep em netted now to keep the stink bugs off

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 01:09:43  

Yeah those stink bugs are a nuisance

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 01:24:33  

And for whatever reason they love hanging around blackberries

Deleted User 2017-07-25 01:33:47  

They suck the juice out of anything sweet up here including corn

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 03:42:15  

Will fence lizards eat them?

Deleted User 2017-07-25 11:42:56  

There's not many predators for them. Wild turkeys cross bred with domestic turkeys for some reason can eat pounds of them, but their stink power makes them inedible to most predators.

R O M A N V S 2017-07-25 13:46:59  

@here does anyone know anything about growing mushrooms?

R O M A N V S 2017-07-25 13:47:01  
Alexander B. - SC 2017-07-25 14:02:59  


Alexander B. - SC 2017-07-25 14:03:24  

Are you looking to grow indoors or out?

Why Tea 2017-07-25 14:10:13  

I've only grown mushrooms from a kit, once, indoors. I'll defer to Alexander on this one.

Nova 2017-07-25 16:22:54  

All I know is that you need darkness and a shit ton of moisture.

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 16:24:10  

Ambient (not direct) light

R O M A N V S 2017-07-25 18:24:10  

@Alexander B. - SC I am open to whatever works best

Mr. Bulldops 2017-07-25 19:19:21  

@R O M A N V S I know a fish tank would be a good place to let the spores grow.

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 19:56:46  

Fish tank with a piece of glass inside to spray water on(enough to keep a humid environment, not make mushrooms wet) ambient light (such as in the vicinity of a window, not in the direct sunlight) everything must be thoroughly sterilized beforehand

Alexander B. - SC 2017-07-25 22:05:43  

Thomas has hit the nail on the head as far as indoor growing is concerned. Spores are injected into mason jars full of nutrient pellets in order to create the mycellium (spelling?) which is the "heart" of your mushroom growth. The contents are then removed from the jars and placed in a sanitized container, in ambient light, and then spritzed with water periodically.

Alexander B. - SC 2017-07-25 22:06:10  

When it comes to heartier mushrooms, you can easily grow them outside given the right conditions.

Alexander B. - SC 2017-07-25 22:09:10  

^ this is a great resource for ordering "log plugs" which are exactly what they sound like. Simply drill holes in logs, insert plugs, boom - shiitakes. The conditions have to be fair, but shiitakes are pretty resiliant. I imagine you have to spray the logs with water once every now and again *maybe*. But I can't imagine it taking any more effort than that.

Thomas Morrow 2017-07-25 22:35:34  

You can also use a medium of vermiculite and organic brown rice(ground)