Saved a blackberry bush

by Bill - 2010-06-10 - in life / health / food


A couple of them, actually. I was going to post this to blackberryrescue.com, but there is no such site. Wait, maybe I should check. You never know. Guess what? There IS such a site, but it has to do with the ubiquitous electronic device.

Anyway, on a couple of recent dog walks through the fields of the neighboring subdivision, I noticed some wild blackberry bushes growing. Not very big, but they were bearing fruit. The first time, I thought, "I should dig those up and plant them in my back yard." But I never got around to it. Then, the night before last, I went that way again and noticed that some sort of vehicle, probably the tractor nearby, had recently gone through that field and driven right over the plants! The vehicle had straddled the plants, so they survived, but I doubt they would have lived much longer.

So, today, I finally threw a shovel in the back of the truck, drove over there, dug them up (not as easy as I thought it'd be after yesterday's rain), and brought them back to my house. I felt like a thief. It was exhilerating! :) They're in the back yard now. I'm waiting until this evening when it's cooler before I plant them. In the meantime, they're just sitting in a couple of buckets next to the already-established, much larger blackberry bush. I hope they don't fight. :) All kidding aside, I actually do wonder how certain plants get along, having read about the — no kidding — chemical warfare they sometimes wage on each other.

I hope I didn't kill these transplants by digging them up. They were going to die, anyway, when the developers tore up the land where they were, so I guess their only chance of survival was with me. I'm a blackberry bush hero! I don't see that being turned into a cartoon character, though. :) If I'm lucky, I'll have quite a few blackberries this year.

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