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Old 04-23-2020, 03:25 PM   #1
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This year has been great for dewberries! I've picked 20lbs so far. I'll be making some wine and a few other things.

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Old 04-23-2020, 03:28 PM   #2
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:29 PM   #3
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Very cool, Jason. That's quite a haul!

Are these dewberries? Don't have good leaves to compare in my pics but the sticky stem seems about right. ... found them growing like weeds in a bunch of overgrowth around my apts retention pond. Tasted like blackberries but not as sweet. First thing that came to my mind was jam/jelly but wine sounds better! How much is needed (lb) roughly?






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Old 04-23-2020, 03:44 PM   #5
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Very cool, Jason. That's quite a haul!

Are these dewberries? Don't have good leaves to compare in my pics but the sticky stem seems about right. ... found them growing like weeds in a bunch of overgrowth around my apts retention pond. Tasted like blackberries but not as sweet. First thing that came to my mind was jam/jelly but wine sounds better! How much is needed (lb) roughly?






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Yep, just like blackberries but a tad smaller. Sprinkle some sugar on them, throw them in a cobbler.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:49 PM   #7
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Yep those are dewberries. Some are sweeter than other just depends on when you pick them. It takes 4lbs of berries to make 1 gal of wine. They do make a great cobbler!

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My wife has picked about that many as well.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:51 PM   #9
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guess I need to check my spots tonight. Usually tons of them
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:54 PM   #10
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Yep those are dewberries. Some are sweeter than other just depends on when you pick them. It takes 4lbs of berries to make 1 gal of wine. They do make a great cobbler!

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Very cool. I was surprised at how tasty they were. Hard to imagine the 3 i had being any better in terms of ripeness. Was literally talking to dad today about what to do with them. Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:59 PM   #11
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I’ve got a solid 2 acres of them in my pasture. Wife and daughter picked enough to make cobbler the other day. That’s way too much work to fill a 5 gallon bucket. Lol
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:01 PM   #12
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Ive got a solid 2 acres of them in my pasture. Wife and daughter picked enough to make cobbler the other day. Thats way too much work to fill a 5 gallon bucket. Lol
Brother has a bunch of them at his place. Thinking its a job for my nephew (8 yo). $5/lb?
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:03 PM   #13
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I haven't even seen them flowering yet up here.
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:18 PM   #14
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There is a spot on Inks lake where there are tons. Either not ripe yet or somebody is getting the ripe ones already.
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Brother has a bunch of them at his place. Thinking its a job for my nephew (8 yo). $5/lb?
$5 per bucket.
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:08 PM   #16
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My folks used to have the larger Brazosberries. We would pick 5 gallons a day. Thankfully my son dug some plants before the home place sold.
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:17 PM   #17
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We also have lots of dewberries that are ripening right now. Hope to get to pick some this week. My tame blackberries are starting to produce... Hard to work so hard to pick a gallon of dewberries, when I can stand in one place and pick a gallon of the blackberries...


This is a comparison of regular dewberries and my blackberries, plus my blackberries don't have THORNS!!

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When they get going good, we will get 2-3 gallons of berries of the vines every 3 or 4 days up until late May/June, then again in the Fall... They are fruiting primocane berries... First year we planted them, we picked berries fresh for a cobbler for Thanksgiving desert! ...and sweeeeet!



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Old 04-23-2020, 08:02 PM   #18
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We also have lots of dewberries that are ripening right now. Hope to get to pick some this week. My tame blackberries are starting to produce... Hard to work so hard to pick a gallon of dewberries, when I can stand in one place and pick a gallon of the blackberries...


This is a comparison of regular dewberries and my blackberries, plus my blackberries don't have THORNS!!

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When they get going good, we will get 2-3 gallons of berries of the vines every 3 or 4 days up until late May/June, then again in the Fall... They are fruiting primocane berries... First year we planted them, we picked berries fresh for a cobbler for Thanksgiving desert! ...and sweeeeet!



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Where do you get those Charlie?
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Old 04-23-2020, 08:13 PM   #19
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We also have lots of dewberries that are ripening right now. Hope to get to pick some this week. My tame blackberries are starting to produce... Hard to work so hard to pick a gallon of dewberries, when I can stand in one place and pick a gallon of the blackberries...


This is a comparison of regular dewberries and my blackberries, plus my blackberries don't have THORNS!!

Attachment 1000960


When they get going good, we will get 2-3 gallons of berries of the vines every 3 or 4 days up until late May/June, then again in the Fall... They are fruiting primocane berries... First year we planted them, we picked berries fresh for a cobbler for Thanksgiving desert! ...and sweeeeet!



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You got the right idea with the thornless Charlie. In still picking thorns out of us from picking berries 2 days ago.
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Old 04-23-2020, 09:30 PM   #20
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Do you mind posting your wine recipe/instructions?
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Old 04-23-2020, 09:36 PM   #21
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Looking good. I hope the bushes are full with fruit this weekend when I get to the lease.
I make a gallon of wine last year and it was great.
Cheers and bottoms up!
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Old 04-23-2020, 10:10 PM   #22
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I've got millions, Yorktown, Tx. Already picked a 5gal bucket. Still have many blooming and plenty of green ones.... Need a little rain...
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There are a couple mulberry bushes near my.home me and my boy been picking some here and there
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Dang you guys are way ahead of us up here, my blackberries are just now starting to get leaves. I just got them last year, so I am not expecting many but man I can eat some berries, black and raspberry’s !
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We’ve a bumper crop here, too! Our plan was to make some jam this year. So far, we’ve made dewberry margarita, dewberry sangria, and dewberry sherbet.

Not sure when we’ll get to the jam. We’re still busy pickin’!
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We have picked two gallons so far. Made a pie and gave a lot to to my friend.


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Old 04-24-2020, 08:11 AM   #28
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We also have lots of dewberries that are ripening right now. Hope to get to pick some this week. My tame blackberries are starting to produce... Hard to work so hard to pick a gallon of dewberries, when I can stand in one place and pick a gallon of the blackberries...


This is a comparison of regular dewberries and my blackberries, plus my blackberries don't have THORNS!!

Attachment 1000960


When they get going good, we will get 2-3 gallons of berries of the vines every 3 or 4 days up until late May/June, then again in the Fall... They are fruiting primocane berries... First year we planted them, we picked berries fresh for a cobbler for Thanksgiving desert! ...and sweeeeet!



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Yea the place I'm picking is covered in poison ivy and tall standing golden rod. Luckily I'm not allergic to poison ivy but wearing garden gloves and long sleeves is a must. I got into a good size patch of big berries but most seem to be nickle size.

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Do you mind posting your wine recipe/instructions?
Here is the wine recipe I'll be using.

https://www.defalcos.com/tutorials/b...ne-recipe.html

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That looks good! Is that coco powder or cinnamon dusted on top?

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Man my mouth is watering.
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Only down side too a bumper dewberry crop is Ol' wives tale means hurricane season is gonna be a rough one.
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That looks good! Is that coco powder or cinnamon dusted on top?

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Turbinado sugar, if I had to guess.
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Turbinado sugar, if I had to guess.
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Is that a crumble pie or a pie with streusel topping? Care to share the recipe?
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Where do you get those Charlie?

Sorry Doug, just now seeing this.
Got them online from Stark Brothers. There are several places to order while in season, but these guys ship fast overnight and their plants are healthy. Tried a couple others but came back to Stark.
This variety is Prime-Ark Freedom. They are a fruiting thornless primocane blackberry.


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Just finished our first batch of Jelly for this year... From our tame thornless blackberries...


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Charlie, could you show how you have these planted? I am interested in growing some, but not sure if they need to be on a trellis or supported in some way.

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Grndchecker has A TON in his pasture. His wife has made 40 or 50 jars of jelly so far.....My 17 year old is supposed to be over there today picking a bunch so my wife can make some too... as well as a dewberry pie or three
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Charlie, could you show how you have these planted? I am interested in growing some, but not sure if they need to be on a trellis or supported in some way.

Thanks

I did mine just like this. Other than I let the weeds take over last year because it was so wet I couldn't get in there to mow.



Oh and my berries are planted in the ground not in tubs...




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The other one is simple

3 cups of berries
1 cup of sugar

Cook down
Then add 1 flour ( mom now changed it to corn starch) to 1 sugar to get desired thickness. Pour into pie crust and bake. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Best served with homemade vanilla ( Im partial to blue bell. I grew up in Brenham )


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I remember as a kid helping my dad plant a big garden every year, and each year he added bushes to his blackberries part of it. Dad planted, cut back, tended to the bushes, us kids picked and my mom canned jelly like SaltwaterSlick’s pic reminds me. Great pic SS, lots of work there but boy how good that jelly is going to taste this winter. I got to get me some bushes started, this post was what I needed to get going on it.
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Mine are actually his old style with the single post and double wires with spreaders. Only pic I have that sort of shows the wires is this one, before I put in all the spreaders and tightened the wires...


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This is a comparison of regular Dewberries with my Prime Ark Freedom thornless primocane blackberries...


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No thorns and berries as big as the end of your thumb will spoil you when picking... (No stickers and don't take near as many berries to fill up your bucket)!
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Great information SaltwaterSlick, you are the blackberries expert, thanks for the good advice and helpful pics. Oh, and I’ll take my blackberry jelly with just a little cow’s butter on toast.
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I did not get enough to fill one tub this year. I figured we would get a lot with all of the rain this year. Last year we got something like 11 quarts.
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Sorry Doug, just now seeing this.
Got them online from Stark Brothers. There are several places to order while in season, but these guys ship fast overnight and their plants are healthy. Tried a couple others but came back to Stark.
This variety is Prime-Ark Freedom. They are a fruiting thornless primocane blackberry.


https://www.starkbros.com/products/b...ckberry-plants
Do the deer eat them? I want to get more blackberries in my yard but I have a deer problem.
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[QUOTE=SaltwaterSlick;14880208]Mine are actually his old style with the single post and double wires with spreaders. Only pic I have that sort of shows the wires is this one, before I put in all the spreaders and tightened the wires...


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This is a comparison of regular Dewberries with my Prime Ark Freedom thornless primocane blackberries...


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Thank you sir! Planning on building a privacy fence next year and I was wanting to plant some stuff on it, I think I can do 5 or 6 plants and set up some wires for them to hang onto.
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Do the deer eat them? I want to get more blackberries in my yard but I have a deer problem.
I have the same concern about the deer. As it is now, I cant keep them out of the flower bed.
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Do the deer eat them? I want to get more blackberries in my yard but I have a deer problem.

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I have the same concern about the deer. As it is now, I cant keep them out of the flower bed.

Guys, I have deer too, but so far they haven't messed with my berries. Only issue I've had is raccoons. They hit 'em one year, but I put out half a dozen Duke's and caught a whole family one night and haven't had a coon problem since.


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Thank you sir! Planning on building a privacy fence next year and I was wanting to plant some stuff on it, I think I can do 5 or 6 plants and set up some wires for them to hang onto.
Remember the canes (vines) of a berry plant (blackberries or dewberries) only live 2 years. The put out a pimocane the first year, then the second season it becomes a floracane and bears fruit and dies. The following year all the new growth then bears fruit and dies, so they are constantly putting on new growth with the old growth dying... This variety fruits on the primocanes too so you get 2 crops of berries out of each cane before it dies. If you put 'em on a fence, they're not like grapes, you'll have to clean off the old canes each winter otherwise it will be a bramble of old dead canes and will make a mess in a few years...
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