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Last year we tore out even more honeysuckle and created a new flower bed in our backyard. It’s also a place to give our blueberry bushes a proper home.

A pop up blackberry bush?

A pop up blackberry bush?

This spring, as we covered the fallen leaves with topsoil and pulled some weeds, we noticed a plant that looked familiar. At first I thought it was poison ivy or some Virginia creeper that’s all over the woods. But, we’re pretty sure it’s a new blackberry bush.

We tore out our old one last summer because it died, but maybe it set down a shoot that’s only now sprouting. That’s our hope, at least. Only time will tell.

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It was a good run. Sort of. This was the year we had to say goodbye to our blackberry bush for good.

Dead blackberry bush.

Dead blackberry bush.

We tried to keep it productive, but didn’t properly care for it. We never really figured out how to prune it, birds and bugs kept eating the berries and leaves, and it seemed like it had some kind of disease. The rough winter we was probably what really killed it (weather also claimed a rose bush we planted).

So finally this spring we caved and dug it up. But our quest for a productive fruit plant didn’t end, and we ended up planting two blueberry bushes. One produces early and the other produces later in the summer.

Newly planted blueberry bush.

Newly planted blueberry bush.

We’re not having the best of luck with these either. The birds, which we’ve noticed many more hanging out near the blueberry bushes, have eaten most of the berries. This year, we’re OK with it and just want the plants to establish a good root system. Next year we’ll worry about keeping them out and are looking forward to a fruitful harvest!

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It looks like we might actually get some blackberries. After the rabbits chewed the plant to sticks, there are a bunch of blackberry clusters on the plant.┬áIt’s less than what we would normally expect, but still better than what we thought.

Now if only we can keep the birds from eating the berries before we get to them.

Blackberries making a comeback

Blackberries making a comeback

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It really seems like once we “control” one garden pest, another one comes along that we have to battle. Don’t get me wrong, they’re adorable. But those tiny rabbit jaws have done a number on our plants.

RabbitWhile I’m not 100 percent positive they’re what ate (and more or less destroyed) our blackberry plant and two coral bells, rabbits are the likely suspect. Especially when I saw one sitting in the backyard next to the blackberry bush.

In our three years living here we saw maybe one or two rabbits. Now, it seems like they’re everywhere, and we see them running around our street all the time.

Like deer, rabbits are supposedly deterred by really strong smells and that’s how we plan to defend against these fluffy beasts.

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