by Charlene Burgi
This is the height of berry season. But how many of us know how to take care of them? Berries are a tough lot. They grow under the most adverse conditions which includes surviving with very little water. Most gardeners that are brave enough to plant them struggle to contain their typical wild growth.
If you are thinking of growing them in your back yard, here are a few tips to help contain them and aid in fruit production: Once the fruit crop is harvested, prune the old-canes-bearing raspberry and blackberry bushes to ground level. Top the remaining canes to 4 to 5 feet to stimulate side branching and more fruit for next year. Compost the removed cane clippings.