Your local hardware store should sell bird netting either packaged or by the metre for a very affordable price. The netting should last for years if you don’t handle it roughly and tear it. Just store it after the fruiting season and pull it out again next November.
This is a photo that I took a few weeks ago at a local hardware warehouse. Such little plants for such a big price!
The season for youngberries (December-January) is fast approaching and bunches of green youngberries can now be seen developing on the canes, but it is interesting to see how different is the stage of development my other Rubus berry bramble at this time of the year (November). On that bramble (which could be either a Silvanberry a Boysenberry or a Youngberry, my plants became mixed up many years ago) white flowers are only now appearing, and while they look a lot like the youngberry flowers that have now mostly developed into berries, these flowers are definitely a bit different in shape (compare the below flower photos, the youngberry flowers photographed last season). Both plants are currently clothed in fresh unblemished greenery, as is normal for this time for year.
I’ve been fertilizing and watering my Youngberry in the hope that this season’s berries will be especially plump, juicy and numerous, but I know that every year, regardless of the care given, there will be berries that are indescribably delicious. I can’t wait.
At the moment there’s still a big difference between my Rubus or blackberry bramble bushes. My old one which I think is a youngberry still has many old leaves and not many new ones, but my smaller and younger mysteryberry is clothed in new season’s leaves.
I’m not sure why different blackberry hybrid plants in my garden are doing different things at the moment in my garden. My old plant which I’m pretty sure is a youngberry has dropped many of its leaves, as it always does this time of year, but another plant which I think is a different type of blackberry to the other (possibly a silvanberry), based on the shape of the leaves, still has green leaves with no spots attached but is already budding. This plant was planted in the garden about a month ago, in a similar location to the older plant. It will be interesting to see what the plants do next.
Spring is the season for planting new blackberry plants. Have you got one yet? The sooner you plant one, the sooner you will be tasting home-grown, chemical-free stunningly-flavoured summer berries.
No. The berries grow on canes that grew in the last season and which haven’t previously fruited. Canes that have borne fruit in the last season will die off of their own accord before the next fruiting season (early summer), so the only thing that you need to do about dead wood is to remove it, carefully, because the youngberry and all of the worthwhile bramble berries plants such as boysenberries and silvanberries and marionberries have many tiny thorns all over their canes.
Of course, the other regular bit of maintenance that you need to do is to pick up long canes that are touching the ground and put them over your trellis, so that the ends of these canes don’t take root. It will all be worth it come summer.